News for Little and Big Kids
Does your family argue over who gets to pick the music on long car trips? Do you need a cure for the "Are we there yet?" blues? Pack a good supply of family-friendly audiobooks for your next road trip.
Audiobooks are entertaining as well as educational. Children will be exposed to a wide variety of literature and improve their listening skills. And, you can add to the experience by trying some of the following fun activities.
In-Car Casting Calls: Try making up new voices for your favorite character. Act out a few scenes.
Geography: If the book's setting is real, discuss how far away the location is, how you could travel to get there, what the weather would be like, etc. If the location is imaginary, have fun making up these details.
Listen for Clues: Periodically stop the audiobook and have everyone guess what's going to happen next.
Create the Sequel: When the book is finished, have everyone make up a different ending. Or, imagine what would happen in a sequel.
Interview the Author: What would you ask the author about the book? What questions are left unanswered?
Listening to audiobooks and playing these games will make the car trip seem shorter and offer a terrific way to involve the whole family in a lively discussion.
Here are some favorite audiobooks for family listening.
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
read by the author
(3 hours 16 minutes)
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
performed by a full cast
(4 hours 57 minutes)
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
read by Lynn Redgrave
(13 hours 31 minutes)
Mr. and Mrs. Bunny – Detectives Extraordinaire! by Polly Horvath
read by the author
(4 hours 30 minutes)
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry
read by Jim Dale
(approx. 9 hours)
This week we have kicked off our summer storytimes with Dinosaurs! The activity room has been full of stomping dino feet and loud dino roars. If you know some children who love dinosaurs, and let's face it most of them do, then this is a great summer to live in Columbus! The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's Dinosaur Island is happening all summer long and I was fortunate to get to visit last week and check it out. Wow! My family had a great time and we have since been checking out a lot of dinosaur books. If you plan to visit the dinosaurs at the zoo this summer you may want to check out some of these great non-fiction titles for younger dinosaur readers.
School is almost out for the summer! HOORAY! Many families decide to start the summer break somewhere far away, perhaps at the beach, or in the mountains. There are still others who decide to have a "stay-cation". Try these favorites for your summer reading!
Many folks are surprised when they learn that here at UAPL we have a Summer Reading Club for infants and toddlers! But we know that building vocabulary and literacy skills starts from day one. Snuggling while reading to baby, incorporating play and singing into storytime, establishing a reading routine with baby, and allowing baby to explore books with his/her mouth are all excellent ways to begin baby's love of reading.
By offering a Summer Reading Club for babies and toddlers we hope to encourage early learning and literacy. By reading to your baby and participating in early literacy activities (and storytime at the library!) you can earn prizes for your baby at 5 and 10 hours. After 10 hours baby's name is automatically entered into a Grand Prize drawing for a basket of board books and a snuggly toy.
Here are some more tips to get you started!
Summer Reading Club begins Tuesday, June 4th and ends Saturday August 3rd.
Connect with Your Librarians
Join our Youth Department's Goodreads Group: connect with your librarians and other Goodreads Group members to discuss and share book recommendations.
Resources for Preschool Kids
Events for Kids & Teens
For a full events calendar for kids and teens, please follow this link.
Join us for books, fingerplays and songs chosen just for children ages 2 1/2-5 years old, and their caregivers.When?06/20/2013 - 10:15am to 10:45amWhere?Miller Park Branch Library
Listen to a story about digging in the dirt and then make an edible dirt cup. For ages 3-6. Registration is required and begins June 6... (full entry)When?06/20/2013 - 11:00am to 12:00pmWhere?Lane Road Branch Library
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