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Website of the Month

JANUARY"S WEBSITE

Pandora Radio

Pandora is a free online radio station that you customize to your own taste.  It also offers a great selection of music for kids.  Start out at www.pandora.com to create a free account with a valid email address and password.  Browse a list of popular stations or search using a music genre or artist's name.  Once you have made your selection, Pandora will begin playing songs within your chosen genre or artist and others like it.  Don't like what they have selected?  Just fast forward to the next song.  Do you love what they have selected?  You can name and save your station for future listening.  Most lyrics and artist's biograpies are included.  Some suggested playlists to try are:

Tasty Tales

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Thursday, January 3rd and February 7th at 6:30pm

Help During Difficult Times

 

Help During a Difficult Time

Since the day that tragedy struck the town of Newtown, Connecticut, people have been struggling to comprehend this unimagineable act of violence.  As a result, many of us (including children and students) are experiencing sadness, grief, and anxiety.  Below is a resource link, prepared by the youth service librarians of Rockland County, to help us cope during this difficult time.  We hope that it can be of help and comfort.

http://guides.rcls.org/difficult_times

 

 

Website of the Month

December Website

GoGoNews: Big News for Little People!

Gogo News "has provided children with general knowledge, as well as a consciousness and awareness of the world."  This website takes news directly from the headlines and presents it for a young audience.  Subjects range from the political debate on climate change, martian bluberries, an erupting volcano, healthy candy and a Korean speaking elephant.  Also included is a world map, glossary, back to school guide, teaching tools, and jokes. Whether you have a school assignment or are just curious about the world around you, GoGo News is a fun resource for kids!!

Website of the Month

November Website 

The Presidents    

In the past several months of this Presidential election year, we've heard all about Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.  But do you know..... Which president acted in 53 Hollywood films? Which president owned a haberdashery in Kansas City?  Which president was nicknamed "Old Hickory"?  Who was the only president to be married in the White House?  Which president served between two Bush's?  Find the answers to these questions and other presidential facts at www.thewhitehouse.gov.    Also included on this website is information about the First Ladies, Vice Presidents, Camp David, Air Force One, and behind the scenes photos of President Obama in action. Then visit the library to learn more.  Look for these titles:

Website of the Month

October Website

www.storybird.com

Storybird is a website for young authors to exercise their creativity.  Log in to create your very own storybook with a beautiful selection of illustrations and a vast amount themes.  When your story is complete, you can save it, read it and share with others.  There is even an option to have your book printed into a soft or hardcover edition.  You can also enjoy the work of other "published" authors.         

Want to learn more about how books are made, written, and illustrated?  Come in to the library and check out our non-fiction titles, including:

Creative Lettering by Judy Balchin (J745.5 BAL)

I Can Draw Animals by Ray Gibson (J741.2 GIB)

How a Book is Made by Aliki (J686 ALI)

Website of the Month

 

September Website

Building Big

Building Big is an exciting website based on the PBS series of the same name.  Learn about bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams, and tunnels, along with how they are designed and built.  Discover examples of these architectural wonders from around the world, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Pantheon, Eiffel Tower, Hoover Dam, and Channel Tunnel.  In the website's building lab, learn about the forces, materials, shapes, and loads that are involved in these structures.  Meet  professionals from the fields of engineering.  Then test your new found knowledge by completing one of the building challenges.  When you are all finished online, come into the library and check out David Macauly's companion book, Building Big (J720 MAC).

Website of the Month

August Website

The 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES are in full swing and the U.S. athletes are making us proud.  For up to the minute coverage of each event, go to www.teamusa.org.  But does all of the media coverage make you curious about the history of the Olympics? Learn about the ancient olympics at greece.mrdonn.org/olympics.html.  Details include the very first games, athletes, events, and how they compare to our modern Olympics.  In addition, discover mythology, daily life, customs, architecture, government, literature and much more about ancient greek civilization.  Then show off your new found knowledge to your friends during the commercial breaks.  Go USA!!!!! 

Website of the Month

JULY'S WEBSITE

Chillola is a website that offers instruction for young children just being introduced to a foreign language.  English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian is taught through audio and visual tools, along with printable worksheets.  Basic concepts include: the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, animals, food, body parts, time, weather, and more.

For the older child and more advanced conversationalist, try the Mango Language Learning database on the library's website.  Users can choose from over 24 languages.  Lessons are provided to develop grammar and vocabulary skills for everyday communication.  A translator is also included.

Website of the Month

    June Website

Build Yourself Wild is a fun website from the Wild Life Conservation Society.  Create an image of yourself enhanced with a variety of animal features.  When it is complete, you will be given a name for your new creature along with a description of each part.  For example, my creature's is a "Gaz-ossa-bush-ger-tom-lion", which has the horns of a Thomson's gazelle, Fossa ears, Bush Baby eyes, Siberian Tiger paws, Tomato Frog legs, and an African Lion tail.  CRAZY!!  Now you can print it, send it to a friend, or set it to your computer's wallpaper. 

In addition, links to these wildlife centers are provided:  Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo

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