Tears and Fears: Making Sense of Emotions with Kids

Helping your little one recognize and respond to the tumult of emotions they may be experiencing at any given time is no easy task, especially during the full wrath of a grocery-store tantrum! Taking time to name your child’s feelings or, better yet, providing them the space to name their feelings themselves, is just one aspect of your child’s emotional literacy development. These recently-published picture books for young kids can help you talk with your child about all those valid and complex feelings bouncing around inside.

My Heart Fills with Happiness
by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett
Recommended for ages 0+
This is beautiful board book that teaches the very youngest to cherish those everyday moments that bring joy to our lives. It may very well be a welcome reminder for older readers, too.

When the Anger Ogre Visits
by Andrée Salom, illustrated by Ivette Salom
Recommended for ages 3+
We can all recall a moment of anger when something didn’t go our way, and it was probably more recent than we’d like to admit. That anger ogre can quickly grow out of control unless we know how to tame it. You’ll enjoy this book for more than just the cute story because it introduces practical calming strategies to help kids reshape their anger into something more gentle. Continue reading “Tears and Fears: Making Sense of Emotions with Kids”

The World’s Fair

The Space Needle – in its orange gloryThe Century 21 Exposition (or Seattle World’s Fair) took place in Seattle from April 21 to October 21, 1962. The first major American world’s fair after World War II, it presented an optimistic vision of a future improved through science and technology, and promoted Seattle to the world as a space-age city. Exhibits focused on industry, commerce, science, and the future, but also included fine arts, food, and entertainment. Ten million people attended the fair, and it left Seattle with many lasting legacies, including the Space Needle, the Monorail, and the Seattle Center.Elvis at the World’s Fair

In anticipation of the fiftieth anniversary celebrations of the Seattle World’s Fair, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the Century 21 Exposition Digital Collection. This collection contains books, brochures, reports, and other textual documents from the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room, as well as 1200 black-and-white photographs of the fair taken by Werner Lenggenhager, documenting construction work, buildings, exhibits, crowds, and events. Together, these items tell the story of the World’s Fair from planning to demolition.The “Carveyor” was an alternative proposal for transporting visitors between downtown Seattle and the fairgrounds.

See Elvis filming It Happened at the World’s Fair. Take a tour through the Gayway. Or check out the proposal for the “Carveyor,” an alternative to the Monorail that would have taken passengers between downtown and the fairgrounds in individual cars running on a conveyor belt.

As of this post, over 1000 photos and about 60 textual items are available in the collection. More photos and other items will be added soon!

Visit Thenextfifty.org to learn more about upcoming fiftieth anniversary celebrations. And join us on August 18 at Roy Street Coffee and Tea to take a sneak peek at KCTS 9’s Century 21 documentary, and to handle fair artifacts from MOHAI’s education collection. Visit our Meetup page for more information and to RSVP.

~Bo K., Central Library