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Sweet potatoes have their own month?

Yes, it's true. November is Sweet Potato Awareness Month. So what exactly are we supposed to be aware of when it comes to sweet potatoes? Well, here's two things to be aware of: sweet potatoes and yams are not the same! Strange, but true. Also, sweet potato fries are really, really tasty. I know because I've had them myself! Read this book called Sweet Potato Pie to see another way this veggie can be enjoyed, then, check out World War II Days, which includes a recipe so you can make your own sweet potato pie, too! Yum! [Photo courtesy of eLibrary]

Vegetarian Kids

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month. If you've been thinking of converting your family to a vegetarian diet, the library has books that can help you get started. Raising Vegetarian Children is a handy resource for parents who would like to get their kids on the path to a healthy, vegetarian lifestyle. Also, check out some of the many cookbooks we have on vegetarian cooking for recipe ideas.

A Fall Leaf Project

In some places in the U.S., leaves don't change color in the fall. It's kind of hard to imagine that with all the reds, yellows, and oranges that we're seeing here right now, but there are parts of the country that don't get to enjoy that. In Fall Leaf Project, a first-grade class decides to send some of their colorful fall leaves to another first-grade class in a different state where the leaves don't change color. What a nice thing to do - share fall with others who don't always get to experience it! Maybe they could share some of their warm, summerlike weather with us when we get to January, don't you think?

Eat Better, Eat Together!

October is National Eat Better; Eat Together Month. It's a time for families to sit down together and celebrate the family meal. It may seem difficult to do this with everyone's busy schedules, but making the effort is well worth it. Sharing mealtime conversation with one another is an excellent way for families to stay connected. Read more about the benefits of eating together in The Surprising Power of Family Meals.

Family Video Gaming

Hey, parents and kids! Join us October 1st from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Community Room for an evening of gaming for families with children ages 5-12. No registration required.

The Daddy Shift

Stay-at-home dads are a small but growing group in today's society. The Daddy Shift is a new book by Jeremy Adam Smith that talks about this changing landscape of the parenting world. Smith explores the history, pyschology, and sociology of caregiving fathers, and helps to break down stereotypes associated with men who stay at home with their children. A useful book for families with caregiving dads and men who are exploring the idea of becoming one.

Pumpkin Easy Reads

I'm definitely in a fall mood. With the weather getting cooler, I keep thinking about fall stuff like apple cider, warm soup, and pumpkins. I'm ready to go buy some pumpkins right now, but it's still a little too early for that. In the meantime, I think I'll just read some books about them. Here are some of my favorite easy-reading titles all about pumpkins. Enjoy!

Buster and the giant pumpkin by Marc Brown

Oh my, pumpkin pie! by Charles Ghigna; illustrated by Kenneth Spengler

Raising Your Child: The Complete Illustrated Guide

Raising Your Child: The Complete Illustrated Guide is a new book that covers child-rearing from birth to age six. Not only will you find out what to expect at every age and stage of your child's development, but you'll also find techniques and advice on what to do to create a happy, healthy youngster throughout those first critical years. Check out this book today, and lay the groundwork for your child's success! Find it in the Parenting section in the Children's Department.

Apples, apples everywhere

I love apples. You can make so many things with them...apple pie, applesauce, caramel apples, apple cider...and of course you can just enjoy them plain! Want to read some books about apples? We have bushels of them! Among these books are many easy-to-read ones that you can read on your own. Also, check out some nonfiction books to find lots of information about apples and how they're grown. Happy autumn!

Books For School Readiness

Parents looking for resources to help their children get ready for their first-ever school experience can look to the library for help. We have books available for parents to read on their own, as well as books you can share with your child. Make the transition to school a smooth one with some informative and fun reads!

Make Friends With The Alphabet

I just discovered this beginning-reader series called Alphabet Friends. There are twenty-six books in all (one for each letter, of course!). Each book in the series features different kids doing different things, all connected in some way to a letter in the alphabet. The first book, called Anna and the Letter A, is about different things that Anna and her friend Angelica like to do. Jumping ahead a bit in the series we have Leila at the Library and the Letter L, where Leila goes to...you guessed it, the library! You know what? You should take a trip to the library, too, and check out some of these cool books! See you soon!

The Book Whisperer

Donalyn Miller, a sixth-grade language arts teacher and the author of a blog and a book both titled The Book Whisperer, says she can turn any child into a book lover, no matter how reluctant a reader they may be. Students in Miller's class end the school year having read an average of forty to fifty books, no matter how far behind in their reading skills they may have been at the beginning of the year. In her book, she shares her teaching methods and offers a list of

Find Potty Training Help

Your little one is staying dry at night. Maybe she's taking off her diaper, or even asking if she can use the potty. Sounds like the time has come for your child to take that BIG step and start....potty-training! Sound a little daunting? Never fear, the library has plenty of resources to help you and your child out. We've got books (and DVDs) for both of you to read together, and we've also got some helpful books for mom and dad to read on their own. With the library's help, your toddler will be on the road to becoming a "big kid!"

Be a Green Parent

Want to teach your kids about living green? Not sure where to start? The Green Parent is a handy guide with helpful tips that show parents and kids how to live environmentally-friendly lives. With this book, you'll learn how to make a waste-free lunch, buy organic foods, give green gifts and much more. There are even hints for buying eco-friendly clothes and helping your pets be earth-friendly, too! Your family will be on the path to living a greener life in no time...you just might become the greenest family on the block!