Quit dog-earring your books (and ours, too) by creating your own felt corner bookmarks! By following the instructions below, you’ll create your own book-monster or heart-shaped bookmark to slide over the corner of your book, saving your place for later.
With the end of daylight savings, brighten up your evenings with handmade mandala paper lantern grab and go activity!
Are you working on this activity with younger kids? Let them decorate the lantern with pens however they want!
Do you need a challenge? Put a detailed mandala on every side of your lantern and take your time coloring them in.
November is National Native American Heritage Month. Honor, celebrate, and learn from this land's first people this and every month by reading books written by Indigenous authors. We've put together a list of our book recommendations for you to check out!
With this week’s Grab & Go Activity, you’ll be able to create beautiful beads in a variety of shapes and sizes out of old magazines!
Connect with students from across the country by participating in our Peace Crane Project grab and go activity!
“The Peace Crane Project invites every student on the planet to fold an origami crane, write a message of peace on its wings, then exchange it with another student somewhere in the world. The Project builds friendships, strengthens hand-eye coordination and writing skills, teaches geography, exposes students to new languages and cultures, and EMPOWERS YOUTH to make a difference in their community, country, and world.” - The Peace Crane Project
We’ll be exchanging our Peace Cranes with a student group from Round Hill, Virginia!
Are you working on this activity with younger kids? Fold a Peace Dove instead of a Peace Crane for an easier origami pattern!
Celebrate Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) by decorating your very own calavera - a skull made of solid sugar! Follow the instructions below for either a Basic Calavera or a Literary Ofrenda. You can even submit your creation to our contest!
Dia de Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated October 31st through November 2nd honoring friends and family who have passed away. But Dia de Muertos is not a day of mourning - it's a day of celebration! By creating ofrendas (family altars) at home and their loved one’s graves, families pay their respects with gifts of calaveras, Aztec marigolds, and the favorite foods and drinks of the departed. It is believed that the souls of loved ones return to enjoy the gifts from their ofrenda and celebrate with their living relatives.
Calaveras, Spanish for “skull” are made from sugar and decorated with beads, feathers, foil, or icing to express the personality of the deceased. But don’t try and eat them - dried sugar skulls are as hard as a rock, and often decorated with inedible materials!
Skip carving pumpkins this year and paint one! Use your endless imagination to create a spooky, funny, or book themed pumpkin. Activity kits for this project can be picked up from the library’s east entrance on Wednesday, October the 21st, from 12 to 6PM. With a few more basic materials from home, you’ll be able to create your pumpkin masterpiece!
Celebrate Halloween in style as a character from Nintendo’s best selling game of 2020, Animal Crossing! Grab & Go Activity kits for this project can be picked up from the library’s east entrance on Wednesday, October 14th, from 12 to 1PM. With a few more basic materials from home, and the following instructions, you’ll create your very own paper mache costume!
National Hispanic Heritage Month, or LatinX Heritage Month, is observed annually from September 15 to October 15 to recognize and celebrate the important cultural and societal contributions of Americans from or with ancestors from Mexico, Central and South America, Spain, and Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean. To celebrate, we have compiled a list of our favorite books by LatinX and Hispanic authors for readers of all ages.
Adult Book List
This past week, our nation lost an icon, a powerhouse of intellectual strength and acuity. The notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s social and political influence will be felt for years to come.
The Supreme Court is one of the more enigmatic of our government branches, and is one whose careful deliberations and decisions are often on the front page. How do they do their work? Who are these people, and why do they wield so much quiet power?
For further reading on the Supreme Court, we recommend these reading lists from Five Books and Penguin Random House.
If you would like to know more about RBG and get to the “whys” of what was so special about her, may we suggest the following bibliography:
RBG (DVD & Blu-ray, 2018)
At the age of 85, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unepected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans—until now. Released in 2018, RBG is a documentary focusing on Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life and career.
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