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What is Ted Reading?

We are missing everyone, especially our youngest patrons who brighten our work days with their smiles, stories, and antics at the library. Although our worlds seem much smaller lately, we can look forward to a time when our worlds will open up again. Until then, can you guess what favorite Dr. Seuss book Ted is Reading?

What is Ted Reading?

Did You Guess “Oh The Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss?

Remember, your library card is a passport to lots of wonderful resources. If there are school aged children at home who love geography, they might enjoy these books on Overdrive.

The Everything Kids’ State Book by Brian Thorton – Explore our 50 States.

This is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe – Learn about kids from other lands and cultures.

No Way….Way! USA A Smithsonian Publication – Lots of weird & wacky facts.

Young non-fiction fans should visit TrueFlix – topics include Animals, Geography, Famous People & more. Give it a try.

InfoBits lets kids dive deeper into topics of interest. It’s a great place to find news articles, videos, photos and more, perfect for kids who love to learn about their world.

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Imaginative Play – Postal Workers

For our Imaginative Play post this week we are going old school. Do you love the excitement of receiving a letter or a package in the mail? Let’s set up a pretend post office and pretend to be one of our important community helpers – postal workers.

Public Domain image of post office

Getting started: Check your paper recycling bin for used envelopes, junk mail flyers, and old magazines. If you have some recycled cereal or other small food boxes, these can be wrapped in recycled brown grocery bags and become packages to be delivered. Next, gather crayons, markers, pencils and pens to begin your stack of mail.

Parents, engage your child by asking them to make a list of family and friends who should receive a letter or package. Older children may enjoy copying the names and mailing information from an address book. Encourage younger children to sound out names and practice writing the first letter of the name on the envelopes. Later, see if they can remember the names when they “deliver” the mail. If you have a stash of return address labels, cut off the decorative portion for use as “stamps” or you can use any old stickers you may have. Remember to save some for selling at your post office. Practice fine motor skills by supplying kid- sized scissors and allowing your child to use tape to wrap the packages and seal the envelopes. Explain to your child the difference between the addressee and the return address.

For your post office: Set up a counter with pens, markers, pretend stamps and a stamp and ink pad if available. If you have a pretend cash register set that up as well. Use empty storage or shoe boxes to sort the incoming mail. A toy shopping cart is a great item for delivering the mail. Check the kitchen for a food scale and use that to weigh your mail. Use this “math moment” to introduce the concepts of more/less and light/heavy.

Mail carriers: Check your closet to see if you can create a uniform. Postal workers usually wear a blue uniform, but anything comfortable will work. If you have any blank labels, create a name tag using blue and red colors. Create a mail sack using a recycled brown grocery bag or a lightweight box. If you need more inspiration check our Imaginative Play/Post Office Board on Pinterest.

Delivery: Practice letter/number recognition. Set up different places around the house to deliver the mail. Use post it notes on different doors, marking them with a letter or a number. Have the mail carrier check their sack for the matching piece of mail. You could slide the mail under the door or create a “mailbox” for each.

More fun: Create a “Thank You” sign and leave it near your mailbox to brighten the day of your postal carrier! They are important community helpers! If you’d like to write us a real letter or draw us a picture, we’d love to receive mail from you!

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Smart Cookie – Update

To all of our readers who signed up for the Be A Smart Cookie program, you can return your reading logs directly to Good L’oven Cookie Shop in Bellevue to claim your sweet reward. We realize that because of our continued closure, many of you are re-reading the books you have checked out, books from your own shelves and e-books. These all count! The important thing is that you are reading! We miss seeing each of you and congratulating you on reaching your goal, but the staff of Good L’oven is excited to see you too! (Please check their website for their modified schedule.)

Our sincerest thanks to Good L’oven Cookie Shop for their generosity in sponsoring this program for the last five years!

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Got Legos?

Got Legos?

We’re missing our weekly Lego sessions at the library. If you’ve got Legos at home, we thought you might want some inspiration. Overdrive has a great selection of Lego themed books available. There are building guides, picture books, easy readers and books that explore the history and art form of Legos.

Hoopla, available with your library card, also has a great selection of Lego themed movies and books for your enjoyment.

Have you ever wondered about the history of Legos and how it all began? This short animated YouTube video tells the story of Lego inventor, Ole Kirk Christiansen, a Danish carpenter turned toymaker. He had many obstacles to overcome before Legos (from a Danish phrase which means “play well”) became a success. From its beginnings in the 1950’s to the year 2000 when it was named “Toy of the Century” by Fortune magazine, Lego has become a staple of childhood. It has often been called “the ideal toy” because of its endless creative possibilities.

How many Legos do you have? Visit the Guinness Book of World Records site and find out about a man in Australia who has 1.2 million Lego bricks and 8,000 mini figures! If you don’t have that many, visit our Lego Pinterest board for some ideas to inspire you! Share what you’re building with us on social media – we’d love to see!

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Missing You – Week 9

Bonjour! Welcome to week nine in the continuing saga of What is Ted Reading?

Ted loves this classic tale of little Madeline’s adventures in Paris! Click here for a fun read aloud of this book. If you would like to learn a little bit of the French language, try Little Pim, an online language learning tool for kids. Your library card number is your passport to a whole world of resources. If you’re really a Madeline fan, Hoopla has a great selection of the Madeline television series for viewing.

Kids and armchair travelers of all ages may enjoy exploring France and other countries on the National Geographic Kids website. It contains beautiful photographs of each country as well as maps and descriptions of the people and wildlife of each country.

Looking for some Madeline crafts? Visit our Pinterest Children’s Book Craft board to find a hat you can create to look “magnifique” just like Ted.

Au revoir, until we meet again.

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Kids’ Book Club Review – Part 3

Bayne Library Kids' Book Club members

Today we turn the spotlight on Maryam, the girl who started our book club and has participated in every meeting since the beginning. Maryam really gets into the spirit of the books and she usually provides a tasty treat for us to share that ties into the book we are discussing. She is particularly fond of dragon stories with lots of adventure. Like some other book club members, she is a huge fan of the Wings of Fire book series by Tui T. Sutherland. Maryam has just finished the thirteenth book in this series, The Poison Jungle.

Poison Jungle book cover

Here’s what Maryam has to say. “I love the Wings of Fire series because it’s an adventure story and I love those. After the end of every five books there are a new set of characters. The story takes place in Pyrha. The tribes are: SeaWings, SkyWings, SandWings, MudWings, IcewWings, RainWings, and  NightWings. The series is adventurous and keeps me interested. I have finished all of the books and I am excited for a new one! I hope you enjoy the books as much as I have.”

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Missing You – Week 8

More Adventures of “What is Ted Reading?”

Until we can visit the zoo again, let’s enjoy some stories like Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire. For more animal explorations you might want to try the National Geographic Kids website. Your budding zoologists will love it. They can learn about animals from all over the world, view short videos of animals in their natural habitats, take quizzes to test animal knowledge, even play games. Feeling crafty? Visit our Animal Crafts Pinterest board.

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We all know the importance of reading to our children before bed to encourage strong reading skills, but how can we help them with their math skills?

Why not try a math story? Tumblemath features eBooks that explore elementary math concepts from counting, to fractions, to time and temperature. Its a great way to reinforce what they are learning in school in a new and different way!

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Kids’ Book Club Review #2

Meet sixth grader, Phineas, a loyal book club member, avid reader, and as you can see, always a good sport! Phineas has been an enthusiastic participant from the beginning and has made some great book recommendations. Among them are one of his favorites, Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland.

Wings of Fire Book Cover

Here’s what Phineas says, “I like Wings of Fire because it’s a great look into a fantasy world and it has a great story. It’s about young dragons who need to save the world. My favorites are Clay, Glory, Tsunami, and Sunny, and Starflight. They don’t quite save the world in the first book. There is a war they are trying to stop. It’s an all around great book that I couldn’t stop reading.”

Phineas is currently reading Wings of Fire The Hidden Kingdom, book three of the Dragonet Prophecy. Visit for a short video with author, Tui T. Sutherland. There are also games, printable materials and more. It’s a great place to explore all of the titles in this series, including the first three books in graphic novel form. Who knows, you might not be able to stop reading them either!

Bonus Review: Bayne Library Kids’ Book Club junior member, and Phineas’ sister, Dari, is also a super star reader! During quarantine, Dari recommends The Box Car Children Series.

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Kids’ Book Club – Guest Review

Bayne Library Kids' Book Club members
Bayne Library Kids’ Book Club

Just because we are temporarily closed doesn’t mean our members aren’t reading. Today, we spotlight Annabelle. She is a fifth grader and a very enthusiastic reader. When asked to chose her favorite from the twenty-four books that our Kids’ Book Club has read, Annabelle chose, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

The One and Only Ivan book cover

Here’s what Annabelle said about this 2013 Newberry Medal winner: “I love it because it was sad but happy and showed us a whole new perspective about animals and the story behind them.”

Click here to learn about the gorilla who was the inspiration for the book and watch a great video about his life.

Harry Potter and the Half Book Prince book cover

What is Annabelle reading currently? She’s enjoying Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling. Annabelle says “I love it because it tells a story about magic, the most amazing school in the world, and one boy whose adventure gets more and more dangerous.”

Our thanks to Annabelle for her recommendations. Stay posted for more Kids’ Book Club reviews.

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