Happy Monday! Here’s a round-up of trending topics we've been seeing lately that could easily tie in to library programs or events:
Kindness never goes out of style, but it’s especially encouraging to see so many initiatives focusing on it right now. And it’s a perfect fit for the 2017 summer reading theme of “Build a Better World”!
February is Library Lovers Month! Holding a “Blind Date with a Book” event could be a fun way to celebrate. Last year, this library director asked patrons to share their stories of what the library means to them. What a lovely engagement idea.
Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week is celebrated the first week of February. Activity ideas and related resources can be found here and here.
Disney Reads Day is February 4, 2017 and could be a fun way to engage young patrons, either with a program or a book display.
Batman Lego Movie: The highly anticipated follow-up to the blockbuster Lego Movie will release on Friday, February 10. It’s a great opportunity to hold a Lego building program in the library, and invite little Lego fans to come dressed in their Batman gear.
"Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur: A First Book of Manners" by Judy Sierra is one of the cutest picture books I've come across. The cover shows a huge green dinosaur with pink reading glasses, a handbag and a shopping basket towering over a little girl. The illustrations are adorable, with tons of fun little details, and the colors are compelling. This story, as you might expect, is about a little girl who is surprised to see a dinosaur shopping at the grocery store. Confronted with this unusual sight, she asks herself how she should respond when the dinosaur begins to talk with her. By being polite and using her manners, of course! Both the little girl and the dinosaur introduce a variety of scenarios that show kids how to reply in a polite way, no matter who they meet - and what better way to teach these fundamental skills than with a big green dinosaur out grocery shopping?
By Kanisha Hines, Penworthy Representative
As the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is honored across the country, we've put together a list of classroom-friendly resources for educators relating to Black History Month in February:
MLK and Black History Month Teacher Resources from Scholastic
Black History Month resources page from Time for Kids
Black History Month resources for the classroom from PBS
Black History Teaching Resources from Smithsonian Education
6 Teaching Tools for Black History Month
African American History Month for Teachers
And check out our Pinterest page for even more resources, ideas and free printables!
There's a Bison Bouncing on the Bed, by Paul Bright, is such a fun picture book! It features early counting, up to four, and engaging rhymes for story hour. As all the animals bounce on the bed, it breaks and they wake Grizzly Bear, who as it turns out was sleeping in the bed. He demands that they fix the bed--and then he joins in the fun!
The special thing about this book is that the bison was named our National Mammal in May of 2016. This story is a great lead-in to learning about the biggest mammal in the United States.
By Catherine Connelly, Penworthy Representative
Learning to code (computer programming) has been recognized in recent years as a valuable skill for students at all grade levels. When students learn coding, they use problem-solving, sequencing, critical thinking, math, logic, creativity, and structured language skills. The earlier students begin practicing these skills, the sharper those skills will be as they move through school.
According to Code.org, computer science will be one of the fastest growing occupations in the next 10 years, but only 40% of schools teach computer programming.
Many schools have started teaching coding through special activities such as Hour of Code and after school technology clubs, and now schools are looking at ways to transition these special activities into the classroom. Library time is an increasingly popular starting place to introduce coding.
This month through January 31, Penworthy is giving away this Code & Go Robot Mouse with orders of $750+, and the mouse with a comprehensive activity set with orders of $1,500+. It’s perfect for helping students learn to code through hands-on activities and experiments while challenging them to think critically. Please contact your Penworthy Representative to learn more.
Here are some helpful resources on coding in the classroom:
- A Beginner's Guide to Coding in the Classroom
- 3 Steps to Becoming a Coding Teacher
- List of Coding Resources
Penworthy works with schools and libraries across the country to provide Penworthy Prebound Books, library bound books, board books, and puppets.