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Fairfield Public Library Children's Blog

‘STEM/STEAM’

STEMbots and Gummy Science!

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STEMbots 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

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

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

Bird is the Word, or Words on Birds

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I Spy in the Sky by William Gibbs (2014) This book is in the same style/”series” as I Spy on the Farm. And like I Spy on the Farm, this book is rendered completely in digital media. While you can tell it is digital, it still looks phenomenal. The spread with the peacock is particularly striking. It really is a fun read–especially for engaging a younger audience. Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray, Illustrated… 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

Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan Roth and Cindy Trumbore

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This nonfiction picture book about the parrots of Puerto Rico and and scientists’ observations of them is a perfect STEM/STEAM titles. It is full of excellent factual information but told in a narrative that is both engaging and moves along. The outside cover leads you to believe the book has a horizontal orientation, but upon opening it, the illustrations and text are not laid out from left to right, but from top to bottom. Each spread… Read More