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Pam

Pam is the Library’s Early Learning Team Leader. She enjoys and believes in the power of reading aloud with children. She is known to still occasionally read aloud to her teenage children.

The Latest From Pam

ASL Fall Family Fun and Virtual ASL Club

American Sign Language uses hand and face movements as an expression of language for the deaf and hard of hearing. It is one of the top languages learned throughout the country. Check out some American Sign Language movies, e–books, and books as we get ready for Fall and in anticipation for our first Virtual ASL Club!  ASL Club meets virtually… read more >>

First Chapters: Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective

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First Chapters is designed for beginning chapter book readers.  Call 330-259-3394 to listen to one of our librarians read the beginning of a chapter book.  You can then borrow the book from the library, Overdrive,  the Libby app, or Curbside Pickup to finish reading it.  There is a new book every month.     The book this month is Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective.  Join boy detective Leroy,… read more >>

Salt Dough Crafting for Kids: Making Leaf Impressions

During the summer, you may be looking for easy, budget-friendly crafts. Salt dough is simple to make and uses only 3 ingredients that you’ll already have on hand. It can be used for sculpting, making jewelry and ornaments, and tons of other ideas! For today, we’ll be making leaf impressions and decorating them. This activity will first take you outside to enjoy the weather, and then… read more >>

Minecraft Challenge: Roller Coaster!

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Hello Friends! It’s time for the Library’s weekly challenge! Every week we’ll post a new challenge for school age children.   Our week nine challenge is to build an awesome roller coaster in Minecraft.  Pick a theme and build your coaster.  Add other rides, stands, and attractions to make a whole theme park if you want!  Remember to post a picture… read more >>

Multicultural Fairy Tales

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To celebrate this year’s summer reading theme of Imagine Your Story, why not check out some different versions of fairy tales. Reading fairy tales allows us to have deeper conversations with children about the meanings and messages behind the stories. Add in a multicultural twist and you can talk about the similarities and differences, cultural references, and settings.  Check out these multicultural fairy tales… read more >>

Dish Soap Science

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Here are two super easy science experiments you can do today, using the stuff you already have at home.    Dish soap and pepper  Materials: bowl, pepper, dish soap, and a Q-tip (or you can even use your fingertip)  Step 1:  Fill a light-colored bowl with water    Step 2:  Sprinkle pepper over the surface of the water.  Do not mix. … read more >>

STEAM Challenge: LEGO Sun Prints

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This week, we challenge you to make a LEGO sun print!  All you need are LEGOs, construction paper, and the sun. Take LEGOs and place them on a piece of construction paper.  I used purple construction paper, but you can try a different color.  Place the paper out in the sun.  I taped the paper to a tray and placed it… read more >>

Camp Half-Blood: Monsters of Greek Mythology Challenge!

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Calling all tweens:  read The Lightning Thief and join us for the first meeting of Camp Fandom!  We will meet virtually via Zoom on Thursday, July 30th at 6:30.  Register through our events page.  Hope to see you then! Percy Jackson encounters a lot of monsters throughout The Lightning Thief. He must fight a Minotaur, the… read more >>

Bug Off! Challenge Your Family to a Bug Hunt

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It’s summer time, and that means that here in northeast Ohio, we finally get to enjoy some time outdoors! If your family is anything like mine, there might be a little bit of a competitive spirit, and looking for structured activities that extend learning can make the best of this friendly competitive atmosphere. Challenge your family members to a… read more >>

LEGO Challenge: Outer Space

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Hey Kids! Get your LEGOs ready and welcome to the Library’s weekly Challenge!  Every week we’ll post a new challenge for school age children. This week’s challenge is to Build Something From Outer Space using LEGOs. Post a picture of your completed build on Facebook or Instagram. Don’t forget to tag @librarymahoningcounty #PLYMCSTEAM We can’t wait to… read more >>