Kids

Road to the Olympics with the Shibutanis

Maia and Alex Shibutani are ice dancers with dreams of attending the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In 2011, the Shibutanis were the first ice dance team in U.S. history to win a medal (bronze) at the World Championships in their debut senior season. They also took the silver at the U.S. championships and at Four Continents Championships behind their training mates, 2010 Olympic Silver Medalists, Meryl Davis and Charlie White. While we are all still steeped in the London Olympics, hear what dedication and drive are needed to aspire to the Olympics and perform at championship levels from brother and sister team, Maia (18) and Alex (21) on Thursday, August 9 at 7:00 PM.

Jewelry Making For Kids

Get Hands On this summer with different styles of jewelry making. These books will help you get started making fun and pretty necklaces, bracelets, and more.

Jewelry making for fun! by Robin Koontz

Jazzy jewelry by Dawn Brend ... [et al.]

Junk drawer jewelry by written by Rachel Di Salle and Ellen Warwick; illustrated by Jane Kurisu

Tween friends: jewelry & accessories by Jill Williams Grover

Dangles and bangles: 25 funky accessories to make and wear by Sherri Haab and Michelle Haab; with illustrations by Barbara Pollack

Speak in Public

It's often said that people fear public speaking more than death. While that's not exactly true, talking is front of people is a major fear — one you can conquer!

Places to Speak

Other places often welcome speakers, such as conferences, meetup groups, places of worship, and even the library!

Books on Speaking

Speaking your way to success by Sheryl Lindsell-Roberts

Build a Time Machine

Time machines provide a fun learning experience, a unique business opportunity, and a contrived way to manipulate your plot arc. Watch out, though — depending on the make and model you choose for your temporal vehicle, they can often be expensive to build and difficult to maintain. See below for several types of time machine, along with assembly instructions when available.

Hot Tub

The mechanism for how a hot tub can become a time machine isn't well-explained. However, if you acquire a hot tub and the chronological mechanism never works, at least you have a hot tub, right? For further instructions view:

Hot tub time machine [videodisc] by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and United Artists present a New Crime production

Remote Control

If you're willing to brave Bed Bath & Beyond's 'Beyond' section and don't already have enough remote controls, a pre-built time machine may be as easy as a trip to the store:

Origami

Origami for everyone: beginner, intermediate, advanced by Didier Boursin

Origami zoo: 25 fun paper animal creations by Paul Jackson and Miri Golan; illustrations by Paul Jackson; photographs by Avi Valdman

The new encyclopedia of origami and papercraft techniques by Ayako Brodek; edited by Claire Waite Brown

Complete origami: easy techniques, 25 great projects by David Mitchell

Origami card craft: 30 clever cards and envelopes to fold by Karen Elaine Thomas

Great Cookbooks for Kids

The budding chef by edited by Kate Kuhn ; [illustrated by Jane Dippold]

Cooking with kids by from the experts at FamilyFun magazine

Emeril's there's a chef in my family!: recipes to get everybody cooking by Emeril Lagasse ; illustrated by Charles Yuen ; photographs by Quentin Bacon

Skillet bread, sourdough, and vinegar pie: cooking in pioneer days by Loretta Frances Ichord ; illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis

Banana split pizza and other snack recipes by Heather E. Schwartz

Conquer a New Genre

Are you in a reading rut? Summer is a great time to try something new.

Use the drop-down menus on the Kids Book Lists page and May We Suggest blog to generate suggestions for a brand new read. Try a graphic novel, audiobook or ebook for a fresh reading experience. If you're feeling brave, combine a new format with a genre you've never read before to truly conquer this badge.

Can't find anything inspiring? Fill out the May We Suggest form to receive personal recommendations.

Making Healthy Food Choices Books for Kids

Apples, cherries, red raspberries: what is in the fruits group? by Brian P. Cleary; illustrations by Martin Goneau; consultant, Jennifer K. Nelson

Green beans, potatoes, and even tomatoes: what is in the vegetable group? by Brian P. Cleary; illustrations by Martin Goneau; consultant, Jennifer K. Nelson

Yogurt and cheeses and ice cream that pleases: what is the milk group? by Brian P. Cleary; illustrations by Martin Goneau; consultant, Jennifer K. Nelson

Macaroni and rice and bread by the slice: what is in the grains group? by Brian P. Cleary; illustrated by Martin Goneau; consultant Jennifer K. Nelson

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