Author: Diane

Brrrrr – It’s Cold Outside

Polar bear craft

Before you know it, our winter themed storybooks will go into hibernation in the attic. Why not stop by Bayne Library to pick up a few to read on a cozy winter evening. While you’re here, be sure to grab our newest Take and Make for Little Hands and create your own polar bear scene.

Celebrating Black History – This Month and Everyday

Cover of I Have A Dream

During the month of February, Bayne Library is celebrating Black History Month. Visit our display for adults on the first floor for books by black authors and books and movies focusing on social justice. Also visit our Racial Justice resource guide for more information about the movement.

Our children’s area has a great selection of titles about civil rights leaders, groundbreaking African American athletes, musicians, and artists. Visit our Black History for Kids book list for some of our favorites.

As important as Black History Month is, it is equally important to us that our general collection reflects the diversity of our nation and our neighborhoods. It is a wonderful and powerful moment when a child sees their own face reflected in their favorite everyday storybooks. Visit our list of favorite Children’s Picture Books with Diverse Characters.

Talking With Kids

Unsure of how to talk to your kids about what’s going on with the COVID19 pandemic? If you’re looking for some answers, PBS for Parents is ready to help.

This site is a great resource for tips on how to talk to your kids on an age appropriate level about the current situation, while offering reassurance and guidance on how they can do their part to keep themselves and their family safe. Involving children on a level they can understand and engage in, is an important step in managing stress.

In addition, the site offers timely advice on how to manage and make the most of your child’s screen time, how to support children on the autism spectrum, and tips for parents who are new to home schooling. Self care for parents, an important topic, is also highlighted.

Of course, the kids will enjoy the links to their favorite PBS shows, downloadable activity sheets and games. There are art, science, and math activities to explore. You can even filter content by ages two to eight years old.

As the beloved Mister Rogers said, “Look for the helpers.” Thanks PBS.

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