Library Blog

Sharing Science: Books for Babies and Toddlers

mom and baby reading

It is never too early to start sharing books and having conversations with your child. You can start sharing science vocabulary and processes with your littlest one right now. Here are a few aspects to look for when selecting appropriate and engaging science picturebooks for our youngest learners. Each aspect is accompanied by a recommended… read more >>

STEAM Cup Challenges

cups stacked in tower

Even before we were staying at home all of the time, many families were gathering once a week or more to have family get-togethers. Whether you watch a movie that you finally agree upon, or gather around the table for a board game, there are many activities that can bond you as a family. How about including some… read more >>

Build a Fort!

playing in a blanket fort

Building a fort from blankets and couch cushions is a part of just about everyone’s childhood. It can be a place to snuggle, read or explore your imagination. Your fort can be a castle and you can be the kings, queens and royal subjects, you could pretend your fort is a treehouse up high in… read more >>

STEAM Activity Books to Spark Creativity

steam challenge

 STEAM activities are a great way to engage new skills and creative thinking, all while learning something along the way! Here is a list of kid-friendly activity books to get you started, with hundreds of recipes, experiments, and projects. All of these titles available to borrow on Hoopla and can be found in the Juvenile Nonfiction tag.  Amazing (Mostly) Edible Science will let you explore… read more >>

Minecraft Challenge: Roller Coaster!

Minecraft challenge graphic

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 >>

Dish Soap Science

colors swirling in water

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

steam challenge

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 >>

Bug Off! Challenge Your Family to a Bug Hunt

Lady bug

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 >>