Archive for March, 2020

Lincoln Center at Home

March 30, 2020

Lincoln Center has begun offering daily pop-up classes in which artists and educators explore a variety of art forms with children. Check out a class on puppetry and another on paper weaving. Concerts for kids are coming soon!

Online Story Times

March 29, 2020

Our first online story times will be available beginning Monday, 3/30! Please email Kate at kfoster@palisadesfreelibrary.org to register. Let us know the age of your child—we have story times for children 2 and under and for children 3 and up. The theme for the older children this week is GUITARS. The theme for the younger children is VEHICLES.

Guitar Love

March 27, 2020

April is International Guitar Month, and I wanted to share some resources in case you have a guitar-obsessed child in your life. The cardboard guitars pictured above were made three years ago and have been used almost daily since by my own guitar-obsessed 6-year-old. They’ve been to the repair shop many times, but they’ve held up pretty well.

If you’d like to make guitars like these, you’ll need a $13 guitar wall calendar, some kind of stiff backing (we had some foam board around, but any thick cardboard will do), and a paint stir stick or jumbo chopstick for the reverse side to keep the neck from bending. First you glue the guitar of your choice from the calendar to your board, cut the whole thing out with an X-Acto knife (this is a grown-up job), and then you can tape the stick to the reverse side. Now you’re done, unless you want to poke a hole in your cardboard guitar to hook it up to a cardboard amp.

At the library, we were planning to make our own functional rubber band guitars next week. Check out this activity if you’d like to try it at home!

And here are a few terrific children’s biographies of famous guitarists:

Django: The World’s Greatest Jazz Guitarist by Bonnie Christensen

Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar by Keith Richards

Guitar Genius: How Les Paul Engineered the Solid-Body Electric Guitar and Rocked the World by Kim Tomsic

Joni: The Lyrical Life of Joni Mitchell by Selina Alko

When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana by Michael Mahin

For the youngest guitar enthusiasts, the fictional Violet’s Music by Angela Johnson should hit the spot.

Online Resources: Smithsonian Museum

March 27, 2020

WEB11652-2010h_0Our library blog itself is a great resource to use for entertainment or education. To piggyback off one of Kate’s recent posts, I decided to visit the Smithsonian museum. With so many choices on its website, I decided to take a quiz on geography , which is one of my interests. I found it intriguing to test my knowledge, which helped challenge my brain cells. But the National Air and Space Museum is really neat: among its various options is an Emmy-nominated program called STEM in 30, which features 30 minute episodes geared toward middle school students. One in particular is titled Spy  Planes: Eyes in the Sky, and allows the viewer to visit the CIA Museum, which is NOT  open to the public. Check out one of its spy planes, the A12 Oxcart.

Youth Remote Learning

March 27, 2020

The chair of Columbia University’s sociology department, Shamus Khan, has teamed up with his colleague Jennifer Lena from Columbia’s Teachers College and others to put together an online learning platform for K–12 students. Their website, Youth Remote Learning, offers classes like ukulele basics, Arabic 101, and mindfulness for school-aged learners, and younger children can also tune in for read-alouds.


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