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Rockin’ the library for Earth Day 2015

All about rocks for Earth Day wonderworks/STEAM storytime @westervillelibrary

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Under the Kapok Tree

Or, what happens after a children’s librarian visits the rainforest? I first explored a trees theme in Wonderworks in the Spring of 2013: https://cultivatewonder.wordpress.com/category/trees/ Yesterday we revisited the theme with a different twist. On a trip to Costa Rica the … Continue reading

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Space, Rockets & Gravity

The morning of this storytime, Wednesday, March 11 at 11:30 a.m., I checked the NASA site looking for a good video clip to show to accompany the books I had chosen. Turns out, NASA was conducting a solid rocket booster … Continue reading

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Preschool STEM Storytimes

are so much fun! You can catch me blogging about a recent STEM storytime on wind today over on the Westerville Public Library Kids Blog: Feel the Wind http://blog.westervillelibrary.org/kids/?p=2957 You can also find out about some of other preschool STEM themes … Continue reading

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Under the Sea

Another voyage of the imagination from the author of Redwoods. This time a little girl picks a book off the library shelf on Coral Reefs, and as she begins to read, coral begins to grow on library tables in the Reading … Continue reading

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The Air up There

Amazing photographs and a very accessible narrative by wildlife photographer Robert Haas combine in I Dreamed of Flying Like a Bird: My Adventures Photographing Wild Animals from a Helicopter (National Geographic, 2010.) Though at first the photographers’ job seems quite … Continue reading

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Becoming Jane

Every once in a while a book comes along that touches your heart. Me . . . Jane by Patrick McDonnell (Little, Brown 2011) is one of those books for me. From the title page, which shows a photographs of a … Continue reading

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Let’s Go Outside!

These two picture books are perfect for encouraging young children to explore nature and observe the natural world around them. You don’t have to travel somewhere — you can explore right in your own backyard, neighborhood or park. Insect Detective … Continue reading

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Watching the Earth Turn

At the entrance to COSI (Center of Science and Industry) in Columbus, Ohio is a beautiful pendulum. We live fairly close by and COSI is a familiar place to my children. The pendulum has always fascinated them and now that … Continue reading

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All the Water in the World

All the water in the world really is all the water in the world, and this concept is the basis for George Ella Lyon‘s latest book, All the Water in the World.  New water is not made or manufactured. It … Continue reading

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