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Happy New Year!
There’s always something exciting about this time of year! It’s more than a slight chill in the air; the sense of possibilities for the upcoming year is palpable. It’s a great time to think about all the ways we want to grow this year. Here are a few of my resolutions for the upcoming year:
1. Learn about the world
My husband and I just took our honeymoon and rang in the New Year in France, but it’s easy to travel the world from the comfort of West Palm Beach. We loved looking through the book This is Paris by M. Sasek before we left!
2. Learn to Crochet
I’ve wanted to learn to knit or crochet for years, and this year I’m taking lessons at a local knitting shop! The library has lots of books full of super cute things I can make once I the hang of this! I love these flowers:
Do you want to learn how to knit? Stop by KidSpace every Wednesday between 3 and 4:30 for the knitting club!
3. Practice cooking and share what I know:
I get a kick out of Julia Child. This year I want to learn more about the ins and outs of why cooking works. There are even rumblings of a series of kids cooking classes here in KidSpace…stay tuned! In the meantime, check out these super fun books that inspire me to make new things:
and Cake Pops
Who else has New Years resolutions they’d like to share? We’d love to hear them here!
See you soon!
Did you miss out on our composting program Wednesday night?
Never fear, here are few links to get started with your family.
Weclome back to school!
Teachers, parents, students, and the
West Palm Beach librarians are all gearing up for a great 2010-2011!
The Palm Beach County School District has set up a site to answer all your questions about this school year. http://www.palmbeachschools.org/Community/PDFs/Back_to_School_2010-11.pdf
Make sure you check out the library calendar for all of our events. Programs that are educational, just for fun, or both are happening starting in September.
In celebration of back to school, here are a few limericks to get you going!
From the book,
There once was a very odd school
That had only one little rule:
There was recess all day
To learn best how to play,
Which everyone thought was so cool.
When making a class presentation,
I don’t get a standing ovation.
While I do all my talking,
My knees keep on knocking,
And after, I need a vacation.
Thomas the Train & Friends have been favorites for many years. Whether or not your kids are familiar with these characters, they will enjoy these transportation themed poems!
Thomas is a tank engine
Who’s small and short and blue.
He sometimes causes mischief, but
His heart is good and true.
“Engines don’t have hearts,” you say.
And that is very smart.
But Thomas’ good nature proves
He doesn’t need a heart.
For those with hearts are good and kind.
They help when times are tough-
They stick by friends and those in need
And cannot give enough.
They listen when they’re spoken to
And try to do their best.
They know there’s time to work real hard
And time to play and rest.
So Thomas doesn’t have a heart,
But he is all of these-
Good, hard-working, smart, and kind.
He always aims to please.
And on his Branch Line, back and forth,
He’s loyal to the end.
And with his boiler he is still
A Really Useful Friend.
Poetry can be found anywhere. Even in the kitchen! Share these ‘mealtime rhymes’ with your kids and encourage them to make up their own rhymes about everyday things.
Mix a Pancake
Mix a pancake,
Stir a pancake,
Pop it in the pan;
Fry the pancake,
Toss the pancake-
Catch it if you can.By Christina Rosetti
Send My Spinach
Send my spinach
Off to Spain.
Parcel post it
On a train.
On a ship.
Just don’t let it
Touch my lip.By Douglas Florian
Find these rhymes and more in Hot Potato: mealtime rhymes. Selected by Neil Philip.