Northeast Regional Library Blog

Suggested Family Activity • National Food 🍴🥔 Bank Day

Today is National Food Bank Day, a day set aside each year to encourage people to help at their local food banks.  Maybe you can donate cash or nonperishable food items to a local food bank.  Or maybe you can donate your time to volunteer to sort donated items or hand them out.  Whatever you choose to do, your efforts will be appreciated by those in need. Now is also a good time to get Read more…

Suggested Family Activity • Back-to-School Early Literacy Activity Packet

Starting today, all NERL branches will begin handing out a Back-to-School Early Literacy activity packet.  Inside it, you will find lots of great activities to introduce young children to the joy of learning, such as connect the dots and mazes, as well as sheets that help them with their sight words, shapes, and colors.  The packet also contains sheets that show them how to start writing their numbers and letters, and we’ve even included two Read more…

Suggested Family Activity • National Trail Mix candy Day

Tomorrow is National Trail Mix Day so get ready today by making up a batch of the delicious and healthy treat.  The mix was originally developed as a nutritious snack to be taken along on hikes because it is lightweight, easy to store and good for you.  Traditional versions have dried fruits (such as raisins, cherries or pineapple pieces), nuts (such as peanuts, cashews or almonds), loose granola and even chocolate chips or M&Ms!  In Read more…

Suggested Family Activity • National Thoughtful 💭 Day

Tomorrow is National Thoughtful Day so spend some time this weekend showing others how much you appreciate and value them.  Family members of all ages can participate – there are things that any age from children to teens to adults can do to show their appreciation for someone else.  Handwritten notes, cards, and drawings can be done by any age and sent to friends and families far away (or an elderly neighbor on your street Read more…

Suggested Family Activity • Drawing 🎶 Lyrics

A fun activity today that will encourage your child’s language and storytelling skills, as well as their creativity, starts by pulling out some paper and crayons or markers.  Pick one of your child’s favorite songs to sing (or let them pick) and start drawing a simple picture of what is happening in the lyrics as you sing.  Draw just one part and then take turns with your child filling in additional parts. Here are some Read more…

Suggested Family Activity • Learn About Eloise Greenfield 📚

Earlier this month, award-winning author Eloise Greenfield passed away at the age of 92.  Greenfield was one of the first children’s picture book writers to feature African American families and their frustrations, as well as the joyous parts of their lives.  Her work was so influential, she was awarded the prestigious Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2018 by the American Library Association in recognition for her trailblazing career.  For Read more…

Suggested Family Activity • You’ve Got Mail

Suggested Family Activity • You’ve Got 📫 Mail Children love to receive mail.  Have them create a mailbox today by recycling and reusing an old shoe box or small cardboard box and cutting a slit in the top.  Let them decorate it by covering it with paper (patterned or plain) and using crayons, markers, stickers, etc. to personalize it.  Then, make a few cute cards and letters to ‘send’ to your child to give them Read more…

Suggested Family Activity • Digital Resources

These days, more and more people are turning to digital resources such as E-books and E-audios as they go about their daily lives.  Electronic books, also called E-books, are books that have been converted to a digital format for use on devices such as computers and laptops, smart phones, or e-book readers, such as a Nook or a Kindle.  You need an internet connection to initially download the book but after that, readers can be Read more…

Suggested Family Activity • Summer 🏃‍♂️ Olympics

Suggested Family Activity • Summer 🏃‍♀️ Olympics The summer Olympics may be over but there’s still plenty of time to get your family involved in Olympics inspired activities.  You can teach young children to do a flip, handstand, or a cartwheel like gymnasts or place down a piece of painter’s tape to mimic a balance beam or tightrope and let them try to walk from one end to the other without ‘falling off’.  You can Read more…

Suggested Family Activity • Self 📸 Portraits

Children love to draw or color the people around them, which can sometimes be an eye-opening experience for their adult caregivers!  Have them try their hand at making self-portraits today to get them thinking about the different parts that make up their face and hair.  Plain paper will work fine, but if you have any white paper plates, they make an excellent form on which to draw face.  Crayons and markers work well but other Read more…