Posts Tagged ‘parent resources’

Walt Disney World 101

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Walt Disney World 101

Tuesday, November 30

7:00-8:45pm

Audience: Adult

Large Meeting Room, Lower Level

Amateur travel planner and Walt Disney World veteran, Karen Luster, will share travel tips and ideas for those traveling to the Wald Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida.  Attendees will learn the pros and cons of staying on Disney property, when to go, how to get the best deal, and, most importantly, how to make the most of your  time while in the parks.

Pick up free tickets at the Children’s and Adult Circulation Desks starting November 9.

Children’s Chatter

Friday, January 8th, 2010

The Children’s Department blog shares its name with the Children’s Department newsletter.  Just out is the Winter 2010 edition of our newsletter.  This is a wonderful resource for all things library.   Find out about upcoming events, new award winners, and library programming along with helpful suggestions for reading with children. 

The newsletter can be picked up at the Children’s Department desk, find it on our website in the kids’ room or click here.

Thanksgiving Day Crafts

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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Just as with Halloween, there is an abundance of Thanksgiving Day crafts on The Crafty Crow.   Try some of these cute projects as part of your celebration this year! 

If you are looking for books and movies that provide ideas for how to decorate and celebrate this Thanksgiving, look no further than the Wheaton Public Library and check out our collection.

Happy Turkey Day!

Guide to Gift Books

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Book has come out with a guide book to gift books.  Perfect for the upcoming holiday season, the BCCB highlights over 300 picture books and titles for young, middle, and older children that make wonderful gifts.  For each book entry the following information is provided: the title, author, illustrator, age, current list price, and a brief summary of the book.  This is a wonderful collection of titles to browse through and consider for purchase.  You can download the entire list here.

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Happy Halloween (one day early)!

Are you looking for some crafts to do this Halloween?  The Crafty Crow: a child’s craft collective has some great ideas for children and adults to help celebrate.  Learn how to make Halloween paper lanterns and wreaths, ghost cookies, bat rings, and much more!

The New and Improved Guysread.com

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

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Guysread.com, a website created by author Jon Scieszka to promote literacy among guys, has a brand-new look!  Check out new sections including “Guy Downloads” where kids can download bookmarks, bookplates, and more.  There is also a blog and a resource section that includes their mission statement, websites and “guys in the press.”  Find great books for guys at all different reading levels in all different areas of interests.  I’ve recommended this website a lot in the past and have found it exceedingly helpful.  Happy exploring!

Books for Guys

Monday, July 6th, 2009

We have recently added two new websites to our kids’ room page on the library’s website.  These sites are geared towards finding books for boys to read and enjoy.  Guys Read was put together by author and former teacher, Jon Scieszka, to increase literacy among boys.  The mission statement for the website speaks to the problems that arise when it comes to guys and books.  Guys Read provides lists of recommended books for different ages levels as well as links to authors that may be of interest.  This website is very well put together and will appeal to guys, young and old.

Getting Boys to Read is another newly added website to our list.  Here, people write in with suggestions on how to make reading interesting to boys as well as bring attention to news stories and other information that may be beneficial to those involved with introducing reading to guys.  Some of the topics that have been brought up on this website are, “Digital Storytelling: Engaging Boys with Technology,” “Jack Perlutsky Helps Boys to Love Poetry,” “11 Tips to Help Boys Find the Right Books,” and “Getting Boys to Read During Summer Vacation: The Backyard Camp.”

Find these websites and more on the databases and websites page of the kids’ room.

Common Sense Media

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Here, in the Children’s Department, we get a lot of questions about the appropriateness of material for children.  In order to get the best sense of what is in the material that children are checking out and using, there is a great resource that we recommend.  The “kids’ room” site of wheatonlibrary.org offers a page of “for grownups” resources.  One of the sites listed is Common Sense MediaCommon Sense Media takes a look at movies, games, websites, TV, books, and music.  Each type of media is age rated and the reasons for the ratings are provided.  Ratings are based on violence, sex, language, consumerism, drinking, drugs & smoking, and message & role modeling.  Members of the site, both parents & educators and children, have a chance to have their ratings posted for users to view.  Reviews are also available.  When pulling up an individual title, additional recommendation lists are provided for other titles the user may be interested in.  Common Sense Media rates and reviews thousands of these types of media to help parents and educators make the best choices and decisions for children and allows parents to be aware of what their children are experiencing.  You do not need to be a member to access the information that this site provides.  If a page pops up and asks you to enter information for their newsletter, there is an option of saying no and continuing on to the site.  This website is very user friendly and houses great information about the media that surrounds kids every day.  Access Common Sense Media directly through the library’s website in the kids’ room.