Bring Your Senses to an Inclusion Festival and StoryWalk® at the Seattle Sensory Garden

The Thing About BeesBring your five senses to the Seattle Sensory Garden this Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to experience a special milestone: The Seattle Public Library’s first in-person Inclusion Festival in two years. Caregivers and kids of all abilities can explore, enjoy a Braille-enhanced StoryWalk® about bees, an ASL-interpreted story time, a pollinator puppet show and more.

Held in partnership with The Arc of King County and Northwest Center, an Inclusion Festival is a program that is inclusive of children and families of all abilities. The Library hosts monthly festivals online, and we’re thrilled to host this outdoor program at the Seattle Sensory Garden, which is located in the northeast corner of Woodland Park Zoo’s Rose Garden at 700 N. 50th St. in Seattle, and is always free to visit.

At 11 a.m., children’s librarian Miss Erin will host a story time featuring “The Thing about Bees: A Love Letter,” by Shabazz Larkin, as well as fun songs, and some bubble-blowing. ASL interpretation will be provided.

At noon, Woodland Park Zoo will present a Pollinator Puppet Show, also with ASL interpretation.

After the puppet show, stop by Woodland Park Zoo’s table to make a seed ball, and visit the accessible, Braille-enhanced StoryWalk® in the Sensory Garden also featuring “The Thing about Bees.” Children and caregivers can wander the trail and enjoy this outdoor reading experience. Continue reading “Bring Your Senses to an Inclusion Festival and StoryWalk® at the Seattle Sensory Garden”

Growing Wild!

We recently took our son to visit his grandparents in rural Oregon. Surrounded by acreage and farms, he got to visit goats, sheep, a llama, chickens, and a handful of dogs and cats. He was delighted! On top of that there was running down rolling hills barefoot, digging in dirt, and climbing rock piles. Each night he went to bed exhausted from his busy days. This was just the beginning of earthing himself into a place that will become an important part of his childhood. It gave us an idea of what to be prepared for in our future adventures and when to let go and let him grow wild!

Here are a few books in our collection to inspire your own kiddo’s adventures with nature:

Vitamin N: the Essential Guide to a Nature-rich Life by Richard Louv
A book chock full of ideas to get involved with the natural world. While I was originally drawn to it for ideas for my child, it goes above and beyond the immediate family to include the greater community at large. It highlights organizations connecting people to nature, as well as articles, research and reading suggestions. Also, for a book published in 2016 it is still relevant and informative.

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For the Dads

There are lots of feelings for people around Father’s Day – for me having lost my dad six years ago I can find it a little hard emotionally, but there is also a new way for me to celebrate this day and that’s for my husband and son. Rather then focus too much on dad themed stuff to buy I decided to get a few books from the library for bedtime with dad this weekend.

A Father’s Love by Hannan Holt, illustrated by Yee Von Chan and Wild About Dads by Diana Murray, illustrated by Amber Alvarez –  Focusing on the animal kingdom, these two books highlight and celebrate fatherhood showing its many forms of love. They also both give us more in-depth information at the end of the story about the animals themselves. Continue reading “For the Dads”

Gardening with Toddlers

We made a small garden space for my kiddo to play in to get him involved in the growing of things. It’s still mostly dirt play and mud making, which is a delight, but by planting that seed I hope his love for gardening grows as he gets older. Here are a few books in our collection that we’ve added to storytime at home to get him thinking and reading about the garden.

Dig In! by Cynthia L. Jenson-Elliott, illustrated by Mary Peterson
What kid doesn’t LOVE dirt?! This book is all about your child getting their hands dirty and what they will find as they play in the garden.

Green Green: a Community Gardening Story by Marie and Baldev Lamba, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez
Highlights the growth of community and reclaiming green spaces. Told through quick rhymes and colorful pictures. Continue reading “Gardening with Toddlers”

Tinkering Toddlers: Activities for At Home Play

A wicked cold, snow, and a closed daycare was making me a stir-crazed mama. I needed ideas to keep my kiddo’s brain learning and his body moving. I found a wonderful collection of books from the Library that gave me the boost and inspiration I needed to be the fun mom! 

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