Kids

Understanding Windows with LearningExpress Library

Did you know that LearningExpress Library can help you to understand your new  computer? In addition to helping you prepare for a new career, college, or even gaining U. S. Citizenship, LEL has a Computer Skills Center with tutorials on popular operating systems, including Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced lessons on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. Create an account with your library card number and track your progress through each lesson, at home or in the library.

ABCmouse - FREE on All Library Computers

ABCmouse.com is now available for free inside the library!The award-winning ABCmouse.com curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2-6+) build a strong foundation for future academic success. ABCmouse.com is 100% educational, with 3,500+ learning activities across all major subject areas—reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music.

To access ABCmouse.com, click on the link above, or on the Kids page under "Early Literacy Online Resources" from any computer in the library. You can even create an ABC mouse account that you child can use to track progress when you visit the library!

Biographies for First Graders

Looking for true stories about real people? Try some of these. Suggestions are geared toward first graders.

Summer birds: the butterflies of Maria Merian by Margarita Engle: illustrations by Julie Paschkis —  Look
for more information about butterflies on the nonfiction shelves at J595.789.


Malcolm Little: the boy who grew up to become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz ; illustrated by AG Ford — About the young Malcolm X, who grew up in and around Lansing, MI.

Thorndyke Thoughts: Paddington on the Big Screen

Hey Kids,

I’m so excited to announce a dear friend of mine is coming to the big screen in January. On my birthday. Some of you may be familiar with my marmalade-loving buddy, Paddington, but if not, be sure to check him out here before seeing him in theaters. I’ve made some handy lists below of bear stories, some that are also available as movies. What are some of your favorite bear stories? You can tell me in the comments or stop by to chat the next time you’re in the library.
 

“Classic” Bears

A bear called Paddington by Michael Bond ; with drawings by Peggy Fortnum

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne ; with decorations by Ernest H. Shepard

Realistic Fiction for First Grade

Want stories about regular people like you? Try these suggestions.

Lulu and the rabbit next door by Hilary McKay — Lulu is an animal lover. Other Lulu books are available in the fiction shelves at JFICTION MCKAY.

Big bug surprise by Julia Gran —  Features a young lady with a
serious interest in bugs. For factual books about bugs, look in the nonfiction
shelves at J595.

Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day by Judith Viorst —  A classic story about a terrible day. Look for more stories about Alexander in the Picture Book collection under VIO.

Building, Construction, Demolition, etc.

Beginning in January 2015, the library will embark on phase two of a renovation project to update the building, make the library accessible to all users and to fulfill our core values of Relevance, Access, Integrity and Leadership. Phase II will include a complete renovation of the public restrooms located in the lobby with new tile and fixtures, making them ADA compliant. During this phase of the construction, patrons will be asked to use the restrooms located in the Children's Library. The Cafe will be inaccessible, as well as the main doors of the Community Room. While adults might be interested in the details of the project, kids will also have questions, and we've compiled a list of recommendations of some construction themed books.

b1547133.jpgDemolition by Sally Sutton ; illustrated by Brian Lovelock

Sometimes you have to get rid of the old to make way for the new, and that is shown here through the use of numerous sound effects. Don't forget the last page, where the machines and their jobs are identified.

Dress for December

Froggy%20Gets%20Dressed%20London.jpgFroggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London is the ultimate of cold weather checklists. Excited Froggy repeatedly gets called out of the snow and back into his house by his mother because he forgot to put on an important article of warm weather gear. But there are plenty more picture books highlighting all those extra layers you need to stay warm. Here's your own checklist of corresponding books.

Hat%20by%20Brett.jpgThe Hat by Jan Brett

While Jan Brett’s The Mitten is more well-known, don’t miss this equally entertaining story. Brett’s signature illustrations relay the trouble Hedgie the hedgehog faces when he gets stuck in a discovered hat.

Mitten by Aylesworth.jpgThe Mitten by Jim Aylesworth

Jim Aylesworth’s rhyming retelling of the tale is complemented by Barbara McClintock’s expressive characters.

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