Parents

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your E-lectrified, On the Scene, and Super Bookworm badges.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Do you think that completing all 36 badges in the Connect Your Summer program is impossible for adults? While it can be daunting, a good strategy makes it totally doable. Here are some tips from experienced CYS participants, who have completed the 36 badge challenge numerous times.

  1. Now is not the time to read War and Peace. Look for short books, like these.
  2. Always carry a book with you. Ten minutes waiting for soccer practice to end can turn into ten minutes of reading time.
  3. Find a book with lots of pictures.
  4. Or a book that is all pictures. It's not cheating--it's a Graphic Novel.
  5. Listen to a book. It's entertaining and you can claim an e-Lectrified badge.
  6. Set aside some time to read every day. Maybe a half hour in the morning, or while you eat lunch.
  7. Try a Young Adult title. Good content, quick reads and you might relate to your teenager better.
  8. Have two or three books available. That way if you aren't in the mood for one, you can read a different one.
  9. Make good use of the recommended lists for each badge.
  10. Download a book to your phone or tablet so you always have a book with you.
  11. Find a book your family will enjoy and take turns reading out loud. That counts, even if you are reading a children's book.
  12. Try something different, like poetry, perhaps, or short stories.
  13. Read something that can help you professionally. Bill Gates likes these, and he seems to do okay for himself.
  14. Magazines! Grab one off the shelf, or check out one of the 175 or so available online with Zinio.
  15. Plan a weekly trip to the library and attend a program or complete an On the Scene activity.
  16. Participate in the Big Library Read and combine an e-book with a book discussion, all online.
This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Animal Lover: E-lectrified badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

A piglet destined for eventual butchering arrives at the farmyard, is adopted by an old sheep dog, and discovers a special secret to success.

When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.

A 13-year old girl and her estranged father learn what family is all about when they adopt an orphaned flock of geese and teach them how to fly.

When young Alec Ramsay and a wild stallion are cast adrift after a shipwreck, they help each other survive on a desolate island. Based on the novel by Walter Farley.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Great Outdoors: E-lectrified badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

It's going to be an unforgettable day of thrilling discovery as Kipper and his friends go exploring. Includes 7 episodes.

For generations, Richard Scarry has entertained and educated children with the beloved characters of Busytown, including Huckle and Sally Cat, Lowly Worm and Hilda Hippo. Now the whole gang's here and they are all having The best outside fun ever in their new DVD adventure!.

Babies will smile at everything there is to see, hear, and discover at the park! Smell the flowers, bounce the balls, enjoy the playground, and settle in for a picnic. A play-along program specially designed for a babies' social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Highlights include: sizes and shapes; peek-a-boo play and visual exploration of the world; concepts of "up" and "down"; relationships, emotions; cause-and-effect, events sequencing; diverse musical styles.

Join Barney and his friends on magical journeys filled with fun and excitement as they branch out and enjoy the outdoors with activities, exercising, discovery, and just relaxing along the way. Come along with Barney, Baby Bop, and BJ for big-time fun under the stars that the whole family will enjoy.

 

Did you miss our Monday Favorites Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a storytime you can do at home.

From Storytime

Read to tiger by S. J. Fore

A little boy who wants to read his book keeps being distracted by a tiger who is busy chomping on gum, growling, and practicing karate kicks.

Parenting the Montessori Way

The Montessori method and philosophy is well proven and scientific. It is process oriented and helps the child normalize in a prepared environment and utilize his/her fullest potential. This method has worked for 100 plus years and if used will lay a solid foundation for your childrens' lives. The aim of this on-going program is to provide parents the necessary tools to prepare their environment to suit the needs of their child, to set simple and workable ground rules and to help their child build his/her concentration, confidence, coordination, independence and order. The program's vision is to create a positive and joyful parenting experience that helps the child develop in all aspects of life. Parents may receive lesson plans from actual school environments to use or make at home. This program is presented by the staff from Banyan Montessori Academy.

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Did you miss our Monday Seed Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a blooming storytime you can do at home.

From Storytime

If you plant a seed by Kadir Nelson

While planting seeds in their garden, two animals learn the value of kindness.

 

"Dig a Little Hole" Action Rhyme from SurLaLune Storytime

​     Dig a little hole. (dig)

     Plant a little seed. (drop a seed)

     Pour a little water. (pour)

     Pull a little weed. (pull up and throw away)

     Chase a little bug. (chase or shoo)

     Heigh-ho, there he goes! (shade eyes)

     Wait for some sun. (make sun)

     Grow a little rose. (bring hands up and smell a flower)

 

Did you miss our Monday Bird Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a bird storytime you can do at home.

From Storytime

Sweep up the sun by Helen Frost

Simple poetic language and close-up photographs invite readers to take flight with the birds outside their windows.

 

You'll find many variations of this rhyme. Here is the one adapted for this week's bird storytime:

     Six feathered birds, so glad to be alive;

     One flew away and then there were five.

     Five feathered birds flying over my door;
     One flew away and then there were four.
     Four feathered birds singing in my tree,
     One flew away and then there were three.
     Three feathered birds looking at you,
     One flew away and then there were two.
     Two feathered birds sleeping in the sun,
     One flew away and then there was one.
     One feathered bird looking like a hero,
     He flew away and now there are zero!

 

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Looking for children's magazines? Kid-friendly mags are accessible in digital form via Zinio, one of the Library's e-media resources.

Click this direct link to access youth magazines.  Currently available titles include American Girl, Chickadee, Chirp, High Five, Highlights, Owl, and Zamoof!, plus parent-oriented FamilyFun.  Canton residents can use their library card to enjoy these magazines on their PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Android device.

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