One of my absolute favorite things to do as a kid was to gather my crayons and paper and plunk myself down to color a new masterpiece. Little did I know that this creative hobby of mine had a positive effect on my development. When children draw shapes, color within the lines and cut out patterns, they’re further developing their fine motor coordination. Additionally, the time and patience needed to completely color a page helps children develop their self regulation, and creating a great piece of art can boost a child’s self esteem.
It’s hard to believe that we are already talking about Summer Reading 2016, but the time has come for our annual bookmark contest. You can help us get ready for Summer Reading by designing an original bookmark based on the theme “”Ready, Set, Read!” Winning artwork from each library will be printed on bookmarks to promote Summer Reading. See last year’s winners. Your artwork should be two-dimensional, using any medium you want, from crayons and markers to a computer. Photography is also acceptable, as long as it is your own. You must be 18 or younger to participate. Your entry should be drawn onto or sized to match the entry form. Download an entry form or pick one up at a library branch or the bookmobile. The entry deadline is Friday, April 1.
March 2ndis Dr. Seuss’ birthday – he would be 112 this year! It can be hard to imagine what children’s books would look like today without the incredibly creative and inspiring books of Dr. Seuss. He wrote stories that are hard to put down, and he created characters that are impossible to forget. Memorable characters such as the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch, Thing 1 and Thing 2, Horton the Elephant and the Lorax are still popular after many decades. To help celebrate such an icon of literature, I have listed some little known fun facts about Dr. Seuss himself:
Has your family read with TumbleBooks lately? TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated picture books. The books are created by taking existing picture books and adding animations, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book. TumbleBooks offers fiction, nonfiction and graphic novel titles in English, Spanish and French. Chapter books are also available. All you need is a DBRL library card.