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Snow... what is it good for?

by Stephen - 0 Comment(s)

It’s been awhile since we have had a truly snowy holiday season like this one. While you are taking some time off with family and friends this year, be sure to take advantage of this winter wonderland while it’s here (and you aren’t trying to commute in it). Here are a few fun titles from the Calgary Public Library to get you in the mood!

Snowmen at Work

Snowmen at Work by Caralyn Buehner

What do snowmen do when we’re all asleep? An awful lot it turns out as we learn about all of the important jobs snowmen do when the sun sets and we’re all asleep. This fun (if also somewhat terrifying) idea makes for a great book to share with the family on a cold winter day. If you like this one, be sure to check out the other 3 in the Snowmen series.

100 snowmen

100 Snowmen by Jen Arena

What’s better than one snowman? How about 100? This is a beautifully illustrated numbers book depicts snowmen sliding, having snowball fights, playing hide and seek and just plain enjoying the snowy landscape. Great for young children, who are beginning to grasp basic addition, this is a fun way to introduce children to math (and snowmen).

On Linden Square

On Linden Square by Kate Sullivan

Stella Mae Culpepper’s winter vacation is off to a slow start as she spends the first morning watching her neighbours going about their daily lives in Linden Square. She recognizes them all, and yet she’s never spoken a work to any of them and they’ve never stopped to say hi to her. All of that changes when a sudden blizzard fills Linden Square with snow. As most children know snow = potential and Stella is soon sculpting and playing in the cold fluffy goodness which her neighbours can’t resist for long, even if they are grown-ups.

Snow Play: How to Make Forts, Slides, Winter Campfires, plus the Coolest Loch Ness Monster and 21 Other Brrrilliant Projects in the Snow.

The title pretty well says it all for this wonderful winter activity book of projects and games to keep children busy during those sub-zero days. Each activity includes colour photos and detailed illustrations to help children (and adults) along. Aimed at older children, young ones will need an adult to help with many of these activities.

"Super-Nanny" to the Rescue!

by Katie R - 1 Comment(s)

‘Super-Nanny’. That’s how Vivian, age 11 and currently in Gr. 6, and her parents, Daniel and Sandra, refer to Eileen, the volunteer who’s been working with Vivian in the TD Read With Me program since February 2009. For an hour a week during most weeks since then, Vivian and Eileen have met at a Library branch and shared reading in order to help Vivian develop her English literacy skills.

Vivian’s parents Sandra and Daniel are originally from South America and their first language is Spanish. When Vivian first started learning to read in English at school, they were a bit concerned as they felt they couldn’t provide as much help to her at home as they would have liked in this area. They decided to seek extra support for her through the Library's TD Read With Me program.

Enter Eileen and her dedicated, kind and patient help. Daniel explains: "Each week, we met with Eileen and saw Vivian progressing and becoming more confident. We started to notice how much help she was providing to Vivian and even to us, as parents. Vivian is now so confident – she corrects us on our pronunciation in English and sometimes serves as our ‘personal translator’. She also shows a special love for books and a love of learning in general. We feel this development is not only from the school environment, but also because of the friendship with Eileen. This is not just a reading program to us. We have developed a strong relationship with Eileen and we’re grateful for her time and knowledge. It’s more like a family relationship with her, for the whole family." Hence, ‘Super-Nanny’.

Vivian provided her own feedback about working with Eileen in the program:‘"I like being with her because I get a bit of social life with her and I enjoy reading with her. We read books on lots of topics. I like the program of the Library. It’s actually very good. I learned so much from Eileen’s experiences and all the words she’s taught me. It’s helped me in school. Eileen’s really nice and kind and when I don’t get something, she explains it until I get it and she’s a great person."

The feelings are mutual, as Eileen shares: "I've thoroughly enjoyed working with Vivian and her family. She’s kind of filled a gap for me because my grandchildren are all grown-up. I’ve always loved reading. We have fun."

Eileen and Vivian currently comprise the longest-standing match in the program, and they will have been working together for 5 years as of February 2014. What an amazing feat - to build such a strong and enduring bond! Thank you, Eileen, for all the time and energy you have dedicated to volunteering with Calgary Public Library! And best of luck to you, Vivian, in Junior High next fall!

Listen Up! Great E-Audiobooks for Kids

by Pam - 0 Comment(s)

 

Imagine you've packed the car and are just about ready to take the family to your favourite summer vacation spot. You suddenly realize that you've forgotten to borrow Book CD's to keep the kids entertained on the long drive. What are you going to do?

Here's an easy solution. Take a couple of minutes to download some of Calgary Public Library's children's e-audiobooks to your portable device. From Clifford stories to well loved tales by Beverly Clearly, the Library has downloadable audiobooks for children of all ages.

 Cover of Pinkalicious:The Pinkamazing Storybook CollectionIf dragons are popular with your children, then discover classic dragon stories in the audio collection " Dragon Tales". Delightfully fun, this collection contains the "Reluctant Dragon" by Kenneth Grahame and "The Island of the Nine Whirpools", "The Fiery Dragon" and "The Last Dragon" by Edith Nesbit.

Young girls will want to listen to "Pinkalicious: The Pinkamazing Storybook Collection" by Victoria Kahn. They'll discover all the great fun that Pinkalicious has in the four "I Can Read" books — "The Pinkerrific Playdate". "Pinkalicious:the Princess of Pink Slumber Party", and "Pinkalicious : Soccer Star". In addition, this audio collection contains two extra storybooks - "Pinkalicious and the Pink Hat Parade" and "Pinkalicious: Flower Girl". Wow! That's a lot of pink!

These are just a few of the great audiobook titles for children to listen to that Calgary Public Library carries in its OverDrive audiobook collection. Whether your children are fans of Harry Potter or Fancy Nancy, you're bound to find something that will entertain them this summer.

You can find audiobooks through the OverDrive link on Calgary Public Library's website. Did you know that you can filter your search to your device by clicking on Device Type and selecting what you use. The results will bring up the audiobooks that are compatible with that device. Remember that to use audiobooks you have to download OverDrive Media Console first. You'll find lots of excellent help available in downloading audiobooks at OverdDrive Help.

I hope your family has fun listening to some great children's stories this summer. No kids in the car? Enjoy listening to our e-audiobooks for adults. There's lots to choose from.