Children’s library play area

I recently read an article in Children & Libraries about the importance of play in early literacy development. You needn’t spend a fortune on toys to support this learning for babies and toddlers. Find out how to make some simple tabletop activities in a blogpost by a new youth services assistant, Kirsten Caldwell. She suggests a simple sorting activity for younger children, and making tangram shapes to laminate and use as puzzles, or a Mr. Potato Head made from felt for older kids.

Olivia Newton-John

Recently I watched the 1978 movie Grease starring Olivia Newton-John. As a fan of her music, the movie was iconic and similarly popular as Hamilton is with young fans singing along and mesmerizing the words. A few days before she passed away this month, I heard one of my favorite Olivia NJ songs on the radio, ‘Please, Mr. Please.’ Check out her CDs, movies, autobiography and cookbook through the library to learn more about her life and career.

Any Other Family

Eleanor Brown has crafted a novel with a new premise: a mother has birthed four children, placing them all up for adoption. The three families that agree to adopt the siblings then form a new family, where they spend holidays together, along with the birth mother, Briana. Vacations, birthdays, really any event of importance, are also celebrated as a group. The idea is to raise the siblings together to keep their familial bond. But when the birth mother is again pregnant, the families need to scout out a yet another couple to join their circle. Of course the moms grate on each other’s nerves from time to time, but ultimately get along. I wonder if this has happened in real life. The author herself has adopted a child, and her intent with this title was to challenge people to redefine their idea of what families are…

Splendid Table: 641.5

If you enjoy reading the latest cookbook and watching cooking shows, then you are already familiar with the 641.5 section of the library: cookbooks! Another fun place to spend time listening and learning about food is the radio show The Splendid Table. Locally available on 93.9 FM or 820 AM radio, this hour-long program hosts popular chefs, answers puzzling cooking questions and brings together amateurs and professionals of the kitchen. Our library has many of the cookbooks discussed on The Splendid Table. I often hear my favorites as guests on the program and learn about new chefs. Be sure to listen to the show, visit the web site, and discover some of our cook books in the 641.5 section.