Lamont video series for k-12 students

Beginning April 6th through June 29th, Lamont-Doherty is launching their Earth Institute Live online video series. The YouTube video series will feature scientific experts in one-hour live sessions. Twice per week on Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00 pm, the live sessions are grouped by age. Click here for more information.

kids in front of screens showing ocean currents
Lamont Doherty Earth Institute

Life-Changing Children’s Books

Ann Patchett wrote a lovely essay about the pleasures of reading children’s books that was published in yesterday’s New York Times. Patchett describes how reading every book Kate DiCamillo has ever written was both a satisfying and calming experience—a particularly good combination these days.

In my home, the Ramona Quimby books are offering satisfaction as family read-alouds. Ramona isn’t exactly the embodiment of calm, but she’s excellent entertainment. Does your family have any favorite books you like to read aloud together?

Digital Borrowing without Limits

hooplabonusborrows500x500Hoopla, which offers Palisades Free Library cardholders of all ages an extensive collection of ebooks, audiobooks, music, movies, and more, has just introduced the hoopla Bonus Borrows Collection, available through the month of April. Borrowers can check out items from this list of more than 1,000 top titles without using any of their 8 monthly borrowing credits! 

Titles include at-home fitness videos (Jillian Michaels, Gaiam Yoga), favorite children’s series books (Captain Underpants, I Survived), and chart-topping music (Taylor Swift).

Reading Nooks…

Does anyone else’s living room constantly look like mine these days? While our tent/Siberian tiger cave makes an excellent reading nook, we recently added “tidying” to our daily schedule. Reading nooks can always be reassembled tomorrow.

Does anyone else have a special spot where they like to curl up with a book at home? We’d love to hear about it!