Suggested Family Activities • Celebrate Look Up at The Sky Day

Suggested Family Activities • Celebrate Look Up at The Sky Day Celebrate Look Up at The Sky Day today and explore the splendor that rests just over our heads. Start out by checking out the sky during the day. If you have young children, ask them questions about what they can observe. What colors do they see up there? Blue and white? If it is overcast or even stormy today, you might see a lot Read more…

Suggested Family Activities • Book Spine Poetry

Suggested Family Activities • Book Spine Poetry Have fun today with a little Book Spine Poetry!  How do you play, you ask?  Just gather up book titles that, when put together, form a funny sentence or story.  For example, stack up the books Basketball, Wizards of the Game, Game Plan, Athletic Shorts, The Moves Make the Man for a sports themed poem.  Or use the books Aargh, It’s an Alien, Abracadabra, Yikes, It’s a Yeti, Read more…

Suggested Family Activity • Reading to Children

Suggested Family Activity • Reading to Children One of the main goals of your public library is to help you instill in your children a love of books and reading.  As librarians, we feel that starts with adults reading out loud to children, even from a very young age.  Reading to a child brings with it a long list of positive benefits.  Not only is it essential for their continuing brain development because it stimulates Read more…

Suggested Family Activity • National Library Workers Day

Suggested Family Activity • National Library Workers Day Today is National Library Workers Day!  According to the American Library Association (ALA), this day recognizes “library staff members for their public service contributions in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning.  Library staff play an invaluable role in supporting their communities both in person and virtually as the world continues to fight COVID-19. In times of crisis, libraries of all types and their workers Read more…

Top 10 Tips for Reading to a Child

Top 10 Tips for Reading to a Child Get everyone in your family involved – parents, baby-sitters, grand-parents, aunts & uncles, brothers & sisters – anybody! Don’t be self-conscious and worry about how you sound. Each person has a different reading style so read however you feel most comfortable. All your child cares about is that YOU are reading to THEM. Feel free to change the text by adding words or phrases to make it Read more…

Suggested Family Activities • Beverly Cleary and National Library Week

Suggested Family Activities • Beverly Cleary and National Library Week This week is National Library Week, a time set aside each year to celebrate our libraries and the many contributions that library workers make to their communities each day. NLW is also a great time to promote the use of your local libraries and to show your support for what they do. Special NLW events this year include a special NLW children’s activity packet filled Read more…

Beverly Cleary

Suggested Family Activity • Spring Activity Packets!

Suggested Family Activity • Spring Activity Packets! Have you picked up your spring themed children’s activity packets from one of the branches of the Northeast Regional Library? The packets are filled with new seasonal coloring sheets, activity sheets, craft and game ideas, a suggested reading list and supplies to make several craft projects. The craft project supplies will make three craft projects: a Signature Art project (that is also a fun way to practice writing Read more…

Suggested Family Activity • National Crayon Day!

Suggested Family Activity • National Crayon Day! Today is National Crayon Day, so celebrate by opening up a box of crayons and getting ready to have hours of fun! Coloring together is a great family activity for all ages. Coloring lets you express your creativity and explore the worlds in your imagination. It is a very relaxing pastime – some people find it so relaxing that they say it is like meditating. You and your Read more…

Suggested Family Activity • Brave Women

Suggested Family Activity • Brave Women Even though March is drawing to a close, there is still time to celebrate, honor and learn more about the brave women from our past as part of National Women’s History month.  Northeast Regional Library system branch libraries have recently received several new additions to their collection that highlight women’s contributions to World War II.  A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy who Helped Read more…

Suggested Family Activity • Egg and Spoon Race

Suggested Family Activity • Egg and Spoon Race Have you ever competed in an Egg and Spoon race?  This classic outdoors game dates back to the late 1800s.  To introduce this fun activity to your family, all you need are eggs and wooden or metal spoons.  The traditional game used raw eggs but for less mess when they fall (and they will fall!), you can substitute hard-boiled eggs instead or even plastic eggs.  Kids can Read more…