This funny tale is based on the true story behind the famous paintings of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart. Young Charlotte Stuart writes a series of letters to Mr. Washington about her and her siblings' attempts to follow Washington's book of good rules. For ages 5 and up.
On the evening of November 10, 1975 the cargo ship SS Edmund Fitzgerald got caught in an early winter storm. Facing near hurricane-force winds and waves up to 35 feet high, the ship suddenly sank to the bottom of Lake Superior. All those aboard lost their lives.
While there have been many shipping disasters on the Great Lakes, the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald remains the best known. Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot wrote a hit song about the tragedy in 1976.
Check out these books to learn more.
Recently the Teen Advisory Board of the Upper Arlington Public Library held a poetry contest with three divisions. The K-4 grade winner was Katie H. with her poem “Garden” which appears below and the grade 5-8 winner was Ainsley D. whose poem” I Am Sunshine” also appears below right after Katie's. Congratulations to both winners!
The richest garden high up on the hill
had the smell of roses
a slightly pointed breeze
the hum of the bees
the richest soil
the biggest trees.
A warm but not cold wind
the ripple of the pond
as I skip the stones
the rock is smooth, the rock is flat.
The richest garden high up on the hill
in which I visit every day.
-by Katie H.
I Am Sunshine
I am sunshine
Dancing all around
I am beauty
Clothed in swirling clouds
I am happiness
Laughing at the sun
I am fearlessness
With my hair undone
I am wind
Knowing all things
I am fire
Love songs I sing
I am water
Quick and carefree
I am earth
Wrapped in mystery
I am a Girl. I am free
-By Ainsley D.
The third Monday in February we celebrate our Presidents.
Let's also celebrate the President's wives, daughters and sisters that were America's First Ladies!
From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama, there have been 44 first ladies.
Here are some fun facts about the women who really ran the White House.
Dolley Madison (#4) was well known for saving important documents and the portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart during the War of 1812. The portrait is 62 inches by 97 inches! You can view this famous painting at the Smithsonian . She was also hostess for the previous President Thomas Jefferson, whose wife had died many years before.
Lucy Hayes (#19) was from Ohio and started the first Easter Egg Roll in 1877.
Frances Folsom (#22 and #24) married Grover Cleveland in the first wedding ever held in the White House in 1886.
Caroline Harrison (#23) was an artist who helped decorate the first Christmas tree in the White House in 1889. Mrs. Harrison was also responsible for bringing electricity to the White House.
Pat Nixon (#37) was the first First Lady to wear pants in public.
Hillary Clinton (#42) was the only First Lady to be elected to public office. She served two terms as United States Senator from New York. Hillary was also the first to host a webcast from the White House.
Eight Presidents were Ohioans! Canton, OH is home to the National First Ladies Library in America, the only one in the United States. It is the former home of William and Ida McKinley (President #25) and features rotating exhibits in their home and the education center next door.
Happy Mr. and Mrs. Presidents Day!
This is not your typical Little Red Riding story. The wolf is unsuccessful in getting meals and decides to go to school to train in martial arts. Little does he know that Little Red has been in training too. A kicking good read-aloud for ages 5 and up.
While planning your family's summer activities remember to include the Metro Parks summer programs into your calender. Free family programs include hiking, canoeing, fishing and storytime activities for preschoolers. You can access the Metro Parks program and events calender at http:// www.metroparks.net/
Before you begin your adventure at the park, stop by the Upper Arlington Public Library for some great books on nature. Here are some suggestions to get you started…
Dragons are everywhere! There have been many great picture books published in the last couple of years that explore all aspects of dragon lives. If you love dragons, check these out!
- Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
- Me and My Dragon by David Biedrzcki
- How to Be Friends With a Dragon by Valerie Gorbachev
- Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el
- King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bentley
- Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light
- Lovabye Dragon by Barbara Joosse
- The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water by Gemma Marino
- Waking Dragons by Jane Yolen
When Felicity and her family move back to her mother's hometown of Midnight Gulch, Felicity hopes her luck will change. Having spent her entire life wandering from town-to-town with her mother and sister, Felicity wants nothing more than to settle down and stay in one place. In Midnight Gulch, Felicity finally makes a friend and meets family she never knew before, and while she begins to build roots for herself she also learns of a curse that has driven all of the magic away from the town. Felicity believes there is still a snicker of magic left in Midnight Gulch and she and her new best friend Jonah set out to break the curse, believing that when they do, Felicity and her family might just stay.
Are you a fan of the cover art for Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus series?
Then discover the illustrator, John Rocco, who has also written several books of his own, including Blackout, a 2012 Caldecott Honor book.
This past Saturday I had the opportunity to hear John Rocco give a presentation at the Mazza Weekend Conference. He was such an entertaining speaker, and some of his more memorable stories involved a shellfishing boat, Whoopi Goldberg, the movie Shrek, and his childhood with a lot of curly hair.
To learn more about this talented author/illustrator, visit his website or check out some of his books below:
Now is a great time to get started on a gardening project. It's great exercise, you get to play in the dirt, and you can learn some things about nature! There are lots of gardening activities to try, from growing your own fruits and vegetables to attracting birds, butterflies, and other wildlife to your backyard. Don't worry if you don't have much outdoor space - lots of gardening projects don't need much space at all.
Check out the titles below to get started on your gardening adventure!
- The Nitty-Gritty Gardening Book: Fun Projects for All Seasons by Kari Cornell
- Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots: Gardening Together with Children by Sharon Lovejoy
- Wildlife Gardeing by Martyn Cox
- Super Simple Butterfly Gardens: A Kid's Guide to Gardening by Alex Kuskowski
- Super Simple Indoor Gardens: A Kid's Guide to Gardening by Alex Kuskowski
- Gardeing Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden by Renata Brown