"When I want water, I turn on the tap. When it’s dark, I turn on the light. While my life is so different than yours, I was still so touched by your books because they helped me to finally understand the life of someone I love: my father."
Monsters under the bed, and ghosts in the closet. Creaky sounds, and strange shapes -- for kids, all kinds of spooky sensations can come to life once the lights go down. Though not unusual, fear of the dark definitely hits some children harder than others. Fortunately, this is nothing new, and over the years a number of great picture books have come out that specifically address this fear, and offer kids tools and strategies for overcoming it.
D.C. Emancipation Day recognizes the end of human bondage in the District of Columbia. On April 16, 1862, the celebration began shortly after President Abraham Lincoln signed the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act. It led to the freeing of nearly 3,100 slaves, reimbursed slaveholders and offered the newly freed men and women funds to emigrate.
Meet Daisy and Ann: PAL Volunteers at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Once a month at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, dogs and their owners from People Animals Love (PAL) come to help children practice their reading skills through the Read to a Four-Legged Friend program. PAL was founded by veterinarian Dr. Earl Strimple, who frequently saw the positive relationships that take place between animals and humans.