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Jazz for the Young

Published on Friday, April 11, 2014

Welcome to new Northeast Library blog series, Your Friday Five! Each week, the children's and teen staff will round up five of their favorite resources and reads around a certain topic. This Friday, in honor of April as Jazz Appreciation Month, we are highlighting five great jazz books for youth.

Music and singing are an easy and enjoyable way to involve children in language. It helps children learn and remember new words and to hear the smaller sounds in words. Strong vocabularies and being able to hear the syllables in words are critical to helping children be ready to learn to read.

Please enjoy these titles as you explore the world of Jazz!

'Doll Bones'

Published on Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tween Book Club Would you run away from home to bury a haunted doll to avoid a curse?

That is one of the many questions Northeast Library tweens discussed at the Tween Book Club for Doll Bones by Holly Black

Celebrate poetry with Northeast Neighborhood Library!

Published on Monday, April 7, 2014

Poetry is as old as spoken language itself, and its many forms are as diverse as its practitioners throughout history. Even today, there are tens of thousands of working, published poets in the United States alone, not to mention the many thousands more who simply write for the pleasure of creating works of art with no intention to publish.

Most of us are familiar with Dr. Seuss and his wild, catchy rhymes. Many of us grew up reading Shel Silverstein and his beautiful verse depicting serious and silly themes alike. Perhaps you can remember the horror of having to recite a memorized sonnet in front of your eighth grade Language Arts class. And of course, all of us have experienced the most famous poet of all, William Shakespeare.

My first poetry books

Published on Friday, April 4, 2014

Welcome to new Northeast Library blog series, called Your Friday Five!

Each week, the children's and teen staff will round up 5 of their favorite resources and reads around a certain topic. This Friday, in honor of April as poetry month, we are highlighting five great first poetry books.

Poems are a great choice for little ones for many reasons. First, poetry is great match for the short attention spans that babies start off with. Poetry, especially rhymes and nursery rhymes,  plays with language in a fun and silly way that children enjoy. Moreover, the condensed format of poetry compels poets to chose precise words to express their ideas or emotions. These carefully chosen words add a rich vocabulary to children's understanding of the world.

You Can't Live Without It

Published on Friday, March 28, 2014

Salt worksWhile we live in a world of low-salt diets and monitoring our sodium intake, for much of recent human history, people have been desperate to include more salt in their diet.

In the book Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky, he covers the very central role that salt has played in human development. Humans require salt to live. Our cells won't work without it. The average human eating red meat on a regular basis gets enough salt in their diet.

April's book is Suspect by Robert Crais.

Published on Thursday, March 27, 2014

Good for your home, your family and your pocketbook

Published on Monday, March 24, 2014

cleaning products"Green," or environmentally friendly, cleaning means doing your household chores with more natural products than can usually be found in the cleaning isle at your local store.

Amazingly, most of your cleaning jobs can be handled by a few key ingredients, a spray bottle and a little elbow grease. Your arsenal of products -- vinegar, lemon juice, borax, baking soda and castile soap -- are all non-toxic, hypoallergenic and biodegradable.

Published on Friday, March 21, 2014
For one day -- April 5, 2014 -- let's all come together, put down our worries and play more games.
 We're excited about participating in this years International TableTop Day!

Discover read alikes for some of your favorite childhood books!

Published on Thursday, March 20, 2014

throwback thursdays

The Northeast Neighborhood Library recently re-opened, much to the delight of the community. Patrons are happily surprised when they walk into the library for the first time; commenting on how beautiful and different the building looks.

Of course, as these patrons talk to us about how lovely the new library looks, they find themselves becoming a bit nostalgic for the “olden days."  In the spirit of remembrance, we would like to invite you to take a trip down memory lane with us as we highlight some of our favorites books from our childhoods and provide you with read-alikes; books that you might be interested in based on similarities!