As American students head back to school, I’m reminded of the old adage of how important it is to learn something new every day. There are many ways adults can still do this.
For example, but the University of Akron 60+ Program and Kent State University Senior Guest Program offer tuition-free programs for Ohio residents 60 and over. Many other organizations offer continuing education type classes for adults of all ages as well some with and some without fees.
Learning something new does not have to be in an academic setting. For instance, Green Branch Library offers programs and classes on many topics for individuals of all ages, not to mention plenty of how-to books and DVDs. We are offering programs on Tai Chi and Balance. We offer history presentations and a cookbook discussion group. The city of Green offers places of learning as well with places like the MAPS Air Museum, the numerous parks, and the Green Historical Society.
For more information on some of the above programs, please follow the sites:
University of Akron 60+ Program
Kent State University Senior Guest Program
Akron-Summit County Public Library Events Calendar
City of Green
MAPS Air Museum
Green Historical Society
Our three Monarch butterflies, all females, flew away this month most likely making their way to Mexico. Here’s a picture of our last one after she was released. Seems she liked our Reading Garden a lot! She lingered for a long time.
Monarch Watch (http://www.monarchwatch.org/tagmig/index.htm) explains what allows these small insects to make a journey of such monumental proportions.
When the late summer and early fall Monarchs emerge from their pupae, or chrysalides, they are biologically and behaviorally different from those emerging in the summer. The shorter days and cooler air of late summer trigger changes. Even though these butterflies look like summer adults, they won’t mate or lay eggs until the following spring. Instead, their small bodies prepare for a strenuous flight. Otherwise solitary animals, they often cluster at night while moving ever southward. If they linger too long, they won’t be able to make the journey; because they are cold-blooded, they are unable to fly in cold weather.
Here’s a good children’s book relating this phenomenon.
Fat, stored in the abdomen, is a critical element of their survival for the winter. This fat not only fuels their flight of one to three thousand miles, but must last until the next spring when they begin the flight back north. As they migrate southwards, Monarchs stop to nectar, and they actually gain weight during the trip! Some researchers think that Monarchs conserve their “fuel” in flight by gliding on air currents as they travel south.
Another unsolved mystery is how Monarchs find the overwintering sites each year. Somehow they know their way, even though the butterflies returning to Mexico or California each fall are the great-great-grandchildren of the butterflies that left the previous spring. No one knows exactly how their homing system works; it is another of the many unanswered questions in the butterfly world.
In our latitude of 40°5 N, period of peak Monarch migration is September 8-20. Any monarch you see then will hopefully be spending his or her winter in warm Mexico!
Did You Know?
Reading to dogs can boost reading skills in children as well as help with emotional and social skills. Programs in both school and public library settings are gaining in popularity because of these many benefits.
- Reading to dogs gives children essential extra practice with reading and oral skills.
- Some children feel that reading becomes less difficult when reading to a dog and are more willing to read aloud at school.
- Reading to dogs has motivated some children to start reading more at home, especially to their pets.
- Children want to try reading more difficult books as they go through the reading to dogs program.
- Kids feel more confident when answering reading related questions.
- Research studies (see “Research Shows” below) have shown that reading fluency can increase after participating in a reading to dogs program.
- Children enjoy the program and think it’s fun! They look forward to coming to the library because a dog is waiting for them.
- Children feel comfortable reading to dogs because dogs don’t judge if a word is mispronounced.
- The process of petting dogs can help with motor skills and is also known to be a calming factor that can reduce stress, blood pressure, and anxiety.
- Some children feel nervous when reading aloud and reading with a dog immediately calms them down.
- Kids feel safe when sitting with a dog from the program.
- Reading to dogs boosts the confidence levels of struggling readers and gives children an increased sense of pride.
- A child can feel like a leader by turning the book toward the dog, reading aloud, and pretending (s)he is the teacher.
- Children feel a sense of accomplishment by reading an entire book.
- If a child has experienced a recent loss of a family member or pet, reading to a dog can help bring them comfort.
- Children learn to take turns while waiting for their chance to read to the dog.
- Children can learn kindness and empathy by petting the dogs, cuddling with them, and bringing them treats.
- Communication skills can be improved by practicing reading aloud.
- Participants enjoy talking with each other and sharing books they have read.
Shared from http://readingtodogs.weebly.com/research.html
Read aloud to our doggie pals at Green Branch on Saturday, September 19th at 1pm
We’d like to thank our community friends for their donations to our Mind, Body & Sole summer reading program:
Acme Fresh Market
Akron Art Museum
Akron Symphony Orchestra
Downtown Akron Partnership/First Night
First Book of Greater Akron
National Aviation Day is August 19. National Aviation Day is a day to celebrate the developments in aviation. August 19 was selected because it the birthday of Orville Wright, who with his brother where the first to fly.
To learn more about aviation or the Wright brother visit your local library and check out the following books:
In a few weeks school will be back in session. Now’s the time to think about (and shop for!) your dorm needs. In order to give your space personality on a student budget, try out some, or all, of these ideas!
- Paint it! Spray paint is one of the least expensive ways to change up your space! A can of spray paint costs less than $4 and can make a dramatic difference – take a look at a few of our favorite projects:
Spray paint an old frame, place colorful scrapbook paper in the frame, hot glue a clip on and change out the picture as often as you want!
Paint cookies sheets a colorful hue, and use them as magnet boards.
- Cover it with new fabric! Have an old chair, some books or a corkboard that could use a facelift? It’s easier than you think.
3. DIY headboard. Think outside the box – use old shutters, doors, windows, fabric, even picture frames!
In all the world, no butterflies migrate like the Monarchs of North America. They travel much farther than all other tropical butterflies, up to three thousand miles. They are the only butterflies to make such a long, two way migration every year. Amazingly, they fly in masses to the same winter roosts, often to the exact same trees. Their migration is more the type we expect from birds or whales. However, unlike birds and whales, individuals only make the round-trip once. It is their children’s grandchildren that return south the following fall
Unlike most other insects in temperate climates, Monarch butterflies cannot survive a long cold winter. Instead, they spend the winter in roosting spots. Monarchs west of the Rocky Mountains travel to small groves of trees along the California coast. Those east of the Rocky Mountains fly farther south to the forests high in the mountains of Mexico. The monarch’s migration is driven by seasonal changes such as daylength and temperature changes.
Fat, stored in the abdomen, is a critical element of their survival for the winter. This fat not only fuels their flight of one to three thousand miles, but must last until the next spring when they begin the flight back north. As they migrate southwards, Monarchs stop to nectar, and they actually gain weight during the trip!
This website shows the progress of the Spring 2015 migration.
Stay tuned for our own Monarch metamorphosis at the Green Branch Library, where we’ll bring in a monarch egg and watch as it’s transformed into the beautiful butterfly.
Meanwhile, check out this book that has some great pictures of metamorphosis.
Monarch butterflies / Julie Murray.
Today is National Hot Dog Day! What’s your favorite recipe? Do you eat them plain? Do you eat them with ketchup and mustard? Or do you go all out and add toppings like tomatoes and jalapenos? For some interesting recipes, check out these sites and books! Happy cooking and grilling!
Why are summer weddings so popular? It goes back to Roman times, when June 1 marked the celebration of Juno, goddess of marriage and childbirth. There were practical reasons as well. Babies conceived in summer would be born the following spring, the best time for infant survival. Back in 1400s, late spring/early summer was a time when most people had just bathed after the long winter season, so they were freshly clean and flowers were blooming, adding to the sweet scents in the air.
Do you love a white wedding? Thank Queen Victoria of England for that. She wore a white gown to her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840 and started this trend, which is still going strong nearly two centuries later.
For more information on wedding planning and etiquette, check out 395.22 in our non-fiction area.
The library also has a wide variety of music CDs to keep your wedding reception rockin’.
Long live the love!