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This Saturday, March 19 will be a night to look to the sky. The full moon will be closer to the earth than it has for almost 20 years!
The moon will rise in the East, over the ocean around 7:30 PM.
This is a great chance to discuss astronomy with your kids. You can learn the phases of the moon, the moon landings, and why it shines! If you have the time, head to the beach to check out the moon and then learn more about it at your library!
To learn more about the moon, check out these books!
March is Women’s History Month and a great chance to celebrate the freedoms and accomplishments women have earned throughout our history!
Women have been doing great things throughout history. In ancient Egypt, women could own property and inherit wealth. To find out more about women in history, check out our WorldBook Online database. Search for the keywords: WOMEN and HISTORY and get hundreds of great articles that you can use for reports or just read for fun! Don’t miss the Primary Sources section. You can read letters written by women hundreds of years ago!
On top of that, today ( March 8 ) is International Women’s Day. In fact, 2011 is the 100th anniversary of this special occasion!
Please enjoy this article from of our Kids InfoBits online database. Click here for access to the database!
The groundhog handler holds the groundhog in front of the crowd after the animal made his yearly weather prediction.
Some people think a groundhog can tell how long winter will last. Groundhog Day is a holiday all about this animal and this belief.
A groundhog is a rodent. Rodents have big front teeth. They eat leaves, bark, and berries. Groundhogs live in a hole in the ground.
Groundhog Day is February 2. A story says the groundhog comes out of his hole on that day. He looks around. If he sees his shadow, he is scared and jumps back into his hole. This means there will be six more weeks of winter.
Sometimes the groundhog does not see his shadow. He does not jump back down his hole. This means spring will come soon.
The first Groundhog Day was in 1886. A newspaper reporter wrote an article about it. The article was in a newspaper in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Today, Punxsutawney still celebrates Groundhog Day.
Punxsutawney’s groundhog is named Phil. Every February 2, lots of people come to see Phil. They want to know if he will see his shadow. Groundhogs in other cities predict how much longer winter will last. The groundhogs are not always right. But it is fun to see them guess!
Many towns and schools celebrate Groundhog Day. People make paper groundhogs. They listen to stories and play nature games.
Source Citation: “Groundhog Day.” Kids InfoBits Presents: Holidays of the World. Thomson Gale, 2007. Reproduced in Kids InfoBits. Detroit: Gale, 2011. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/KidsInfoBits
Hey…have you met Sam yet? I was introduced to Sam quite a few years ago, but my grandson is just getting to know him and his friends, Mat and Cat. My 4 year old grandson was so excited last week when we met for dinner at a restaurant that his mother had to write words on a paper dinner napkin so he could read them to me. These are the first words he has learned to sound out all by himself and he is ecstatic about reading them! He read his first book last week about Sam all by himself.
In case you haven’t met up with Sam yet, you can find whole sets of Bob Books in our library. You will not only meet Sam, but other characters like Jig the Pig, and Dot and Mit. They all have a story to tell. I have to warn you if you haven’t read any of these books before, some of them are pretty silly.
If you’re just learning to sound out words and need some practice, bring your mom or dad down to the library and check out a Play Pak. There’s one called “Make-A-Word” that is awesome. Look inside for “Flip-It”. I want to challenge you to read the whole book, nonsense words and all. I can’t wait to show that one to my grandson. Be sure to ask a librarian to help you find the Bob Books and the Play Paks next time you come to visit!