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We Love Our National Parks!

Our display and drawing last August celebrating the 100th anniversary of our National Parks was a hit! The materials were constantly checked out and many people participated in the contest, sharing what national park(s) they have visited. In fact over 100 entry forms were collected at the end of the month!

Back To School

School BusEveryone is celebrating the start of school. It is an exciting time of year, your child could be starting high school, kindergarten or pre-school.

Younger children headed to school for the first time can be anxious about new surroundings and meeting new people. Preparing your child is a great way to deal with anxiety. It is a good idea to review with your child what to expect in the classroom and on the bus. Reading is a subtle way to bring up an uncomfortable situation.

The 20 #1 Hits of the Beatles

All you need is love, love...Love is all you need

Libraries Transform: A Card for Every Kid

Image reads A Card for Every Kid ConnectED Library ChallengeSeptember is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, which means it's a great time to get a library card! This year it’s even better, because WPPL, along with the eight other library systems in Cuyahoga County is participating in a cooperative program called "A Card for Every Kid."

Because a library card provides access to so many different types of information and materials… Libraries Transform.

Scaredy Squirrel

Scaredy SquirrelScaredy Squirrel at Night written and illustrated by Melanie Watt discusses a common fear among children. If your child is having trouble falling asleep sharing Scaredy Squirrel at Night is a great way to gently bring up the topic. Scaredy Squirrel is easy to understand and may help your child feel more at ease falling asleep.

 

 

Clark the Shark

sharkAs summer winds down, it is a good time to review with your child how to act in social situations. Many of you have children starting pre-school or kindergarten. Children can have anxiety about new situations and may need a little extra guidance regarding behavior. These life transitions can be full of learning potential.

Movie Maker Mondays!

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For the next three sessions, Maker Mondays are "going Hollywood!" Ever wanted to make a movie using just your smartphone? Or maybe you just want to learn about how you can create better home movies? This series for all ages will show you how!

"Planning Your Movie" on Monday, August 1 from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Dover Room will show you moviemaking secrets- the proper way to write a script, create a storyboard, and plan how you want your movie to be shot! Register here.

It's a Mystery - Yes It Is!

It’s a Mystery – Yes, It Is!

One of the questions I’m most often asked about mysteries is, “What is the difference between a mystery and a thriller/suspense novel?”  Ask anyone and they will have a different opinion as to the answer.  Here are some thoughts of people in the writing business:

 

Birdbrain

We’ve been in our home for nearly 20 years and are pretty familiar with the wildlife in our yard.  Mostly, the many birds which including a large number of robins and wrens, cardinals and blue jays and even hawks and woodpeckers.  One song we heard repeatedly piqued our interest and we set out on a mission to identify the bird.  Turns out, there are some nifty books at the library with recordings of the bird songs or calls.