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Books Open Your Imagination


First the Photo:  Where do you enjoy reading?  Have you ever read a book outside?
Second the Question: What are your favorite books?  Do you chose a book by its pictures or by its story?  Do you enjoy silly books or books with words that paint a story for your imagination?
Third Next Steps: How often do you visit your local library?  Does your library offer unique ways to visit?  Like a book mobile or a bike mobile? Or smaller satellite libraries?  A Library is like a pirate ship..climb abroad and let the adventures begin..You can travel anywhere..pick a book about time travel, the oceans, animals or one full of cake recipes.  One fun way to spend a rainy afternoon in the library is to put together a library scavenger hunt for the whole family.  Compile a list of books, DVD’s, travel videos, Cookbooks, craft books, nonfiction, artwork and see who can find the entire list first.  It is a wonderful way to re-introduce everyone to the wonder of Libraries.

History Comes Alive

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First The Photo:  Where was this taken?  Hint: It was once the main residence of the infamous King Henry VIII….

Second The Question: History comes alive through stories, movies and visits to famous places that allow you to see and experience the sights, sounds and smells of civilizations that once inhabited our world.  It is fascinating to learn about the past, both good and bad.  We come away with a deeper understanding of what shaped us into the people we are today.  What is your favorite time of history?  Do you have a favorite historical story?  Do you like to learn about the times of inspiration or do you lean towards hearing about times of strife?

Third Next Steps:  Take a trip to your local public library.  Venture into the nonfiction sections, either in the children’s department or in the adult sections.  Check out a book, story book or nonfiction video tape about a time in history.  Choose a historical event that is relevant to youf or your family.  Share some background with your child before you begin watching the video or reading the book. Spend time after debriefing about what you learned.  It can also be fun to watch videos that are fictional stories set in specific times in history.  Examples are: Sound of Music set in Austria during WWII, or The King and I set in the Far East while England was still a major power there.  These are both fun family friendly versions that bring history to life.

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