Looking for some activities to get your family moving this summer?

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Check out these!

    

   

 

Don’t forget to count your steps and activity for our Mind, Body and Sole summer reading program.

 

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The Pollinators

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Do you enjoy chocolate, blueberries and coffee? I do!

So, I’m very thankful to the birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants. They are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of these foods.

Pollinators work had for us. They are having a hard time surviving due to habitat loss and other issues. We can repay them by addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations.  To learn more come to the Green Branch Library where there are resources to help. We have DVDs as well as books that appeal to adults and children.

 

Helpful websites:

http://www.pollinator.org/index.html

http://www.monarchwatch.org/

 

 

The Forgotten Pollinators Written by an award winning writer.

Attracting Pollinators

 

Wings of Life (DVD) Narrated by Meryl Streep

 

The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds

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Begin your own Corps of Discovery!

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May 14, 1804

The Lewis and Clark expedition—also known as the Corps of Discovery—left St. Louis, Missouri to explore North America from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.  To lead this journey, President Thomas Jefferson chose his personal secretary, Meriwether Lewis.  From there, Lewis chose his friend William Clark.  They returned two and a half years later on September 23, 1806, acclaimed as national heroes.  Their adventure also introduces us to a young Native American—Shoshone—woman named Sacajawea, who provided much aid to the explorers.

 

 

 

For more information visit:

http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/lewis-clark/

 

http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/lewis_clark/

 

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/lewisandclark/

 

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/lewis-and-clark-depart

 

http://lewisandclarkjournals.unl.edu/

 

http://www.pbs.org/lewisandclark/

 

Materials about Lewis and Clark:

    

    

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Wowbrary

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Be among the first to know what the library orders each week!

Register for free weekly alerts powered by Wowbrary.  You receive an email newsletter or RSS feed with the latest books, movies, music CD’s and auiobooks coming soon to your library.  You can even find out about new e-books and new e-audiobooks.

 

For more information visit www.wowbrary.org

 

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Cleveland Browns

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Northeast Ohio loves football and with the NFL Draft currently going on Northeast Ohioans are representing the hometown Brown and Orange. The Cleveland Browns are adding new players to a rich tradition of competitive football on the shore of Lake Erie.

The Browns have a long history that includes championships, Hall of fame coaches and players, and much more. To learn more about the Cleveland Browns check out the following books:

 

       

   

 

 

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April is National Humor Month

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Have you smiled today?  Here are some books to help you with that!

 

        

 

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April 15th 1912, The Titanic sinks

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We all know about the sinking of the Titanic and it has fascinated us for over 100 years.  But the Titanic was not even the largest loss of life in a Maritime disaster.  On April 27th, 1855, the Sultana, a Mississippi riverboat exploded and burned near Memphis with a loss of over 1800 lives.   Other sea disasters with large loss of life include the Lusitania which sank in 1915 with the loss of over 1200 people and the steamer Eastland that capsized in the Chicago River, also in 1915, killing more than 840 passengers.  No one really knows why the Titanic disaster remains the most written about and talked about sea disaster but books have been written on these other tragedies.  Check out these titles:

 

                 

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American Revolution

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April 19th marked the anniversary of the beginning of the American Revolution.  The first shots were fired at Lexington, Massachusetts in 1775. The war would last 8 years, finally ending in September, 1783.

The 13 colonies rebelled against the British government and sought independence because, although they were faced with steep taxes and lived under British law, they had no representation in British Parliament. “No taxation without representation” became a rallying cry for the war.

At the time, there were 2.5 million colonists living in America.  40-45% supported the Revolution; 15-20% were Loyalists to the Crown and the remainder were neutral.

The American Colonial army’s Commander-In-Chief was George Washington, who went to become the first President of the United States.

The Revolution was a hard-fought and long struggle. The turning point came with the Battle of Saratoga, the first great colonial victory.

In 1783, future president John Adams helped negotiate the Treaty of Paris, which ended the war, acknowledged American independence and made the new country’s borders Canada to the North and the Mississippi River to the West.

You can find out more about the American Revolution at 973.3 in the non-fiction section at your library.

    

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April 22nd is Earth Day. Be a Recycler!

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Here are some tips from Consumer Reports to make this important chore easier…on us and our earth.

  1. Plastic: You can recycle films and wraps along with plastic grocery bags. Dry-cleaning film, the wrap your toilet paper came in, even ziploc bags- if it’s clean and dry, it can be recycled at many major grocery chains.
  2. Glass: Recycle intact glass only. Throw the tiny pieces of broken glass in the garbage.
  3. Paper: Keep it clean- no dirty pizza boxes or dirty paper towels.

Consumer Reports and other helpful magazines are available at the Green Branch Library.

 

Other helpful sites:

Science Kids

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/recycling.html

 

Keep America Beautiful

http://www.kab.org/site/PageServer?pagename=kids_tips

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POW! BANG! BOOM! Hulk SMASH!

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Superheroes are cool and well… just plain awesome in my book. Speaking of books, did you know that our library has a pretty incredible collection of superhero graphic novels as well as other books about your favorite superheroes? That’s right! We have Captain America, Superman, Spiderman, Batman, Teen Titans, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, The Avengers, Iron Man… You name the superhero, we’ll probably have a book on them. And you want to know something even more awesomely cool? There is about to be an entire area dedicated to everything Superhero. Yep, you heard that right. The children’s side of the library will soon have a new section dedicated to your favorite superheroes. And the display that is going to house these heroes is going to be a SMASHING hit!

 

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