Expand Your Thinking with Exploration Guides

Artist credit: Tanaya Sharma via Amplifier.org

It’s incredible how quickly you can get pulled into the flurry of online research once an idea, topic or celebrity captures your interest. You start with one tab open on your browser, then suddenly you have fourteen open, and you can’t remember how that Wikipedia article on watering hydrangeas led you to an interpretative dance video about Ada Lovelace. Okay, okay, I made that trail up, but I bet you could find the overlap if you put your mind to it!

Happily, you need not venture into these rabbit holes of curiosity all alone anymore! Your friendly and inquisitive Seattle Public Library staff have thoughtfully curated resources from the library and around the web, weaving together art, poetry, science, activism, history and more in unique explorations of some pretty cool subjects!

Exploration Guides are for students of all ages (adults, too!), but were Continue reading “Expand Your Thinking with Exploration Guides”

Children’s Authors Lead the Way in Creative Online Programming

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” ― Fred Rogers

I have seen so many helpers stepping up during this pandemic but, as a children’s librarian, I’ve been so uplifted by the response from many of our favorite children’s authors and their publishers who have taken steps to make sharing books online a possibility.

School Library Journal recently published an article outlining many of the new provisions offered by authors and publishers if you’re an educator interested in navigating virtual story times or book sharing online.

The Seattle Public launched virtual story times this past Tuesday, and it was a rousing success! Our very own Amanda played the ukulele, shared a wonderful story, and taught us some new songs. Check out the live recording!

Photo courtesy of Mo Willems

Many authors are even sharing their work in unique ways online for kids and families to enjoy from home. So many kids share an immense love for Mo Willems’ beloved picture books, and now they can join the master of picture book humor during Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems. So grab your crayons, colored pencils, or markers  and join him every weekday at 10:00 a.m. PT  for doodles, activities, and more! Be sure to check out the downloading activity sheets available as well. Continue reading “Children’s Authors Lead the Way in Creative Online Programming”

Reconnect Virtually with Seattle Museums 

Connecting virtually with our friends, families, co-workers, classmates – this new way of life is quickly becoming the norm. The way we interact with the world will forever be changed by this pandemic. 

What seems to always be true in times of national crisis is the rise of creativity and ingenuity among people and communities. When we come together, we make great things happen amidst the chaos and uncertainty. 

Many of our favorite institutions across the city are offering new ways to connect with resources, digital content, and online learning opportunities. Here are just a few of my favorite discoveries this week. 

Burke from Home
The Burke Museum is providing a variety of coloring pages, prehistoric craft ideas, and a printable nature scavenger hunt. You can also sign-up to receive weekly curriculum packets to support your child’s at home learning. Continue reading “Reconnect Virtually with Seattle Museums “

Language Learning Resources for Children

Learning another language is not just for adults who want to travel. When children learn another language they improve their vocabulary and cognitive ability, so it is no wonder many parents are now starting their kids off young. Even just learning a few words can be useful. There are many fun and easy ways to introduce a child to a different language. Here are a variety of resources for tiny tots to preteens. Continue reading “Language Learning Resources for Children”

Money Smart Week: Making sense out of saving money

MSW Piggy BankRemember when your parents first got you that cute little piggy bank? It was a big deal because it symbolized a financial rite of passage and instilled a growing sense of independence. And after completing a series of mundane tasks or chores you could triumphantly deposit your hard earned money into it at the end of the week. Continue reading “Money Smart Week: Making sense out of saving money”