Early Literacy Tip:Today we read holiday books that we could sing and play instruments to. Singing, rhyming and repetition are important in developing an awareness of different word sounds. This helps develop their phonological awareness which is important for later reading skills.Books We Read:
The play "Streetcar Named Desire", by Tennessee Williams, premiered in December, 1947, starring Jessica Tandy and Marlon Brando, and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama the next year. "Streetcar" was Williams' second critical success, following "The Glass Menagerie", which premiered in 1944-45. To learn more about Williams and read some of his other writings, come see the display at Palisades Library.
I have always been a foodie. The first dessert I made by myself was Bananas Foster; I was maybe 8. The crepes were gummy and the sauce runny, but I made it; it was delicious! Since that time I have become infinitely better and thoroughly enjoyed every minute I have spent in the kitchen. It is the place where I go to release my frustrations, to be romantic, to be creative, and to be really at peace.
Baking and toddlers. I know putting those two words together strikes fear into the hearts of many. But it doesn't have to be that way. With the holidays around the corner, baking cookies and other sweet delicacies can be a rewarding experience to have with your child. Plus, homemade treats make wonderful gifts for the holidays. I can still remember shaking a bucket of spiced peanuts with my sister to give to our teachers.
Please join the discussion for "Twisted" by Laura Halse Anderson on Monday, November 29 at 4pm. It is both a humorous and tragic read about a family who wants more than anything to conform. Refreshments will be served.
Please join the conversation on Wednesday, November 17 about climate change and the water crisis. The readings consist of "High Marks for Clean Water", "Get the Salt Out", "The Big Melt" and the "Burden of Thirst" in National Geographic, April 2010. Copies of the articles are at the circulation desk. Refreshments will be served.
Tuesday, November 16, at 3:30 p.m. join the crew, and construct infrastructure with word blocks. Create and comment poetically about the environment. Submit your Water-Country Quiz, and discover the country origin of the sites. Prizes will be awarded and lots of sustainable refreshments served.
If you keep a royals calendar, you may be aware that 2010 marks the 501st anniversary of King Henry VIII's ascension to the throne of England. Henry's marital adventures, and the accompanying political and religious intrigues, are as fascinating now as they were five centuries ago.