Reference Blog Entries

Reading Practice for Kids

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TumbleBook Library logo - book doing a cartwheelIf you’re ever too busy to make it into the library (or if we're closed for the holiday), the UAPL has some great online resources for our youngest readers:

  • The TumbleBook Library has animated versions of popular picture books - children can read them on their own, or a narrator can read them out loud. This amazing resource also includes chapter books, language learning resources, nonfiction books, and more!
  • BookFlix lets children watch an animated version of a popular story being read aloud (with colorful subtitles, so children can read along), and then suggests a nonfiction book at the same level, with the same theme, so kids can learn more. There are puzzles for every book pairing, so kids can really dig into the books.

Remember to enter your library card number and PIN to access these resources from home!

Support for your Holiday Panic

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Food on a cutting boardIf you’re panicking about Thanksgiving, relax - the UAPL has you covered. If you’re looking for information on food, decorating, and other stressful holiday topics, we can recommend tons of resources.

Most critically, if you’re making a turkey, be sure to leave plenty of time for that turkey to thaw. You can also find some great tips and recipes by searching the Columbus Dispatch Archives - they recently ran a useful article on all your turkey needs, including phone numbers you can call for help (Butterball will take your call through 7PM on Thanksgiving!). Be sure to check out the New York Times for my favorite video on how to carve a turkey. Finally, if you need recipes for some tasty sides, check out our UA Recipe Collection to find community classics.

If you’re crafty and you want to make some fancy decorations, check out our Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center for inspiration - learn to make Thanksgiving themed centerpieces, and much more.

For relatives prone to expounding on politics, religion, and other uncomfortable topics, find some conversational distractions - learn interesting facts about the history of Thanksgiving in the United States, Upper Arlington’s history, or about fascinating scientific discoveries, and interrupt as needed.

If you get stranded in an airport or in the traditional 1-71 traffic, don’t forget that you can download ebooks and eaudiobooks with your UAPL card and PIN from anywhere with an internet connection. If you’re actually missing the holiday with your family, you can find some sad stories on NoveList to commiserate. And if you get mechanically stranded, we have some resources on car repairs.

And if, like mine, your home needs a thorough cleaning… well, there’s actually not a lot we can do about that. Happy holidays!