Read Along with Michelle Obama

Starting April 20th, children can read-along with Michele Obama on PBS.

PBS has several read-along videos and associated activities. Besides Mondays with Michelle, they have some great titles your children can enjoy. “The Monster at the End of this Book” narrated by Grover from Sesame Street, “The Day the Crayons Quit,” and “The Pigeon Needs a Bath!” Check out Michelle’s videos on PBS, YouTube, or Facebook 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, an 5/11 (videos are recorded and can be watched any time).

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Free Sync Audiobooks begins

SYNC Audiobooks for Teens, Free 2018 Downloads! | IFLS Library System

Free Sync Audiobooks begins again on 4/30 for teens ages 13 and up.

For the next 13 weeks, Sync provides free downloadable audio books for teens through July 29th. Every week, 2 audio titles are available for download for free. Every Thursday, 2 new titles are released for download. No waitlist and no waiting! A listener needs to download the free Sora app from Overdrive to access the titles. “Mondays Not Coming” and “The 57 Bus” are the first books available. Visit the web site to listen to sample clips. Sponsored by Audiofile magazine, the program allows easy listening to recommended books for the next 3 months.

Teaching Kids About Money

April is Financial Literacy Month! Check out these children’s resources available from Hoopla.

How to Turn $100 Into $1,000,000 by James McKenna and Jeannine Glista with Matt Fontaine: A useful guide to all things money for children ages 9–14. Available as an ebook.

A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams: A classic story about saving for something meaningful. For ages 4–7. Available as an audiobook.

Lemonade in Winter by Emily Jenkins: A story that incorporates simple math concepts for ages 3–7. Available as a movie or audiobook.

Window Art

Rainy days are good for indoor art explorations. Kids love the novelty of drawing on the windows or mirrors with dry erase or washable markers, which both come off with a damp cloth. It’s hard to see marker creations on windows when light is coming through, so we taped a piece of paper to the outside to help us see our drawings.

In Five Years

In Five Years: A Novel

Published March 20th, ‘In Five Years’ is the story of 20-something Dannie Kohan. Dannie graduated number 2 in her class at Columbia Law School and is poised to achieve her five-year plan dreams: get a job in a large corporate law firm, get engaged to her boyfriend of two years, and move to a great apartment on Gramercy Park. Everything is going according to plan, when she has a dream one night where she is in an apartment in Brooklyn with another man, five years from the current day. While Dannie tries to make sense of this very true-to-life dream, she is determined to move forward with her ambitions. Her best friend, Bella, questions why Dannie hasn’t actually gotten married after a four year engagement. As the five-year mark approaches, Dannie accelerates her plan so as not to fall off the rails and lose everything she has been working towards- or is it? Available as an audio book on Overdrive and kindle ebook in our library collection.