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STEM[bots] and Gummy Science!

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STEM[bots] is a new program that allows children to explore concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) using hands on fun. This week our intrepid 3-5th graders learned about the Scientific Method and how to ask and answer questions by making observations and doing experiments.  The problem at hand was how to save Fred, a “shipwrecked” gummy worm whose life jacket ( a gummy ring) was stuck underneath his boat ( a plastic cup). The only… Read More

How Do You Say That?

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A friend of mine recently showed me this most amazing website, The Author Name Pronunciation Guide.  Here you will find a collection of brief recordings of authors & illustrators saying their names.  They currently have 1,815 authors, but keep adding more each day! Have you ever read books from the author, Jon Scieszka? He is the author and illustrator of many children’s books including, The True Story of The Three Little Pigs, Battle Bunny, the Trucktown… Read More

May is “Get Caught Reading” month

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“Get Caught Reading” began in 1999 as a national campaign to promote the joys of recreational reading-reading for the fun of it- for readers of all ages. It is a way to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read for pleasure. The campaign is supported by the Association of American Publishers, the national trade association of the book publishing industry in the United States. The hope is to encourage people to… Read More

What’s In Your Child’s Lunchbox? by Ms. Joleen

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  First Lady Michelle Obama has been in the news lately for trying (much to my high-schooler’s chagrin!) to improve the nutritional quality of school lunches in her quest to reduce childhood obesity in the U.S.  That initiative, coupled with a recent report about the many health risks of sugar consumption, may have us parents rethinking what we feed our kids. FPL’S Children’s Collection can help you make some informed decisions with our many books on… Read More

Great Websites for Kids

Great Websites

      The Great Websites for Kids Committee announced 7  new sites that have been added to  their list! They are: *Discovery Kids in Spanish http://www.tudiscoverykids.com/     Videos and games featuring favorite characters from Discovery Kids. Also includes helpful information for parents. *GlacierWorks:  Everest http://explore.glacierworks.org Glacierworks utilizes stunning photography and videography to educate visitors about the glaciers of the Himalayan Region.   *Kidzone with the New York Philharmonic http://www.nyphilkids.org/games/main.phtml Discover the world of the New York Philharmonic and go… Read More

Travel Into the World of Imagination

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The  Woodsies  storytime group enjoyed an  exciting, mystical journey as they traveled  along  the” yellow brick road” into the world of make believe and imagination.  What an adventure when you travel with Al and his faithful dog Eddie in “Hey, Al” by Arthur Yorinks. Hey, Al By Arthur Yorinks Picture book Age Pre-School-Grade 1       OR!!   The happiness you  find in the simple treasures of everyday life  as you enjoy a neighborhood stroll  as… Read More

Early Years Are Learning Years

Week of Young Child

April 6-12th is The Week of the Young Child, a celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association.  This event was created to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood development.  The years from birth through age 8 are a critical time to build a strong foundation for learning that will serve a child throughout life – and your Fairfield Public Library can… Read More

Motivate for Math!

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By now we’ve all heard of the acronym STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) and we know the Common Core standards are calling for a lot more NON- FICTION reading.  So make sure you check out all the amazing new resources the library has in these areas.  Yes, math can be fun and young readers will really enjoy the wide range of materials in our collection… Bedtime Math started out as a math education website and has… Read More

Spring into Spring!

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March 20th is the first day of Spring! After this long winter, we are all ready to get out there and enjoy the outdoors.  Below are 5 books that I call “oldies but goodies” to get you in the mood for Spring.  The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss—Snow is falling. All the animals are fast asleep in their animal homes. They awake. They open their eyes. They sniff. They run. What will they find?  1950 Caldecott Honor… Read More

In Like A Lion Out Like A Lamb

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“March Comes in Like a Lion and Goes Out Like a Lamb” As folklore goes, this phrase, passed down from generation to generation, may be traced back to ancient times and those who watched the stars. March begins as the Constellation Leo is crossing toward the meridian. Leo is the Lion. Towards the end of the month, the Constellation Aries begins to rise. Aries is the ram. Scholars have also traced the phrase back to the… Read More