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The International Space Station Display @ HCPL

NASA's International Space Station Exhibit Orbits Around HCPL! The NASA display can currently (June 13 - June 27) be found at the Atascocita Branch Library.  To expand your learning experience, have have included a few book suggestions, as well as, a resource list that I think you will find interesting. Enjoy! 

Credit: NASA

 

Toothy Tales


 Chomp! Toothy Tales to Bite Back the "Summer Slide." 

 "The researchers concluded that two-thirds of the 9th grade reading achievement gap can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during elementary school. This achievement level is a huge determinant of whether students stay in school and follow a college-preparatory track."


Johns Hopkins University Researchers
Karl Alexander, Doris Entwisle, and Linda Olson (2007)


 

 

Use Basic Chemistry to Create a Crystal Project

 If you only want to checkout one book this week, I would suggest that you get Science and Craft Projects with Wildlife, by Ruth Owen. Why?  It includes the instructions on how to make crystal "rocks' using borax.  This was one of my favorite things to do as a kid, and every child that I have shared it with, absolutely loves it! 

A Melodious Tale

 This is a lovely picture book that has been loosely based on an article that ran in the Washington Post several years back. It is a story that stuck with me;  I was delighted to learn that it is now written in a format that I can share with young people. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I have.   

The Man with the ViolinKathy Stinson

History Tells a Great Story

 The lives of others can not only be interesting, but also a great source to learn life's lessons.  Here are a few that I recently read and I thought that you would like as well. Enjoy! 

To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt Doreen Rappaport

Wimpy Kid Online Egg Hunt

I know that there are tons of readers who love Jeff Kinney's books. If you are one of them, I would like to tell you about a fun online Egg Hunt that I found on the Wimpy Kid website. 

"Have you noticed that there are TONS of hidden eggs scattered thoughout Hard Luck? Here's your chance to find them all and win a Wimpified portrait drawn by Jeff Kenney! To enter, play this game by clicking on all the hidden eggs, and count them up as you go. At the end, tell us how many you've found by entering your guess (here).

Are you Ready for the Eclipse?

 

"If you live in North America, the overnight hours of April 14-15 will be ones to gape at the sky. Mars comes to within 57.4 million miles of our planet, making its closest approach to us since January 2007, and North America will have a ringside seat to see a total lunar eclipse. The total eclipse begins at 3:07 a.m. EDT and will last seventy-eight minutes."  Joe Rao, Natural History, April 2014.

Would you like to extend your learning experience?  Checkout these titles. Enjoy!

 

What is the 2x2 Reading List?

 You may have heard about the Texas Bluebonnet list; for, many schools in the Houston area include these books as part of their curriculum. On the other hand, library costumers are confused about the 2x2 booklist.  I hope to clear up any questions you may have in this post.  If you have any additional questions, feel free to write a comment, and I'll be happy to answer it for you. 

"The 2X2 Reading List is a project of the Children’s Round Table, a unit of the Texas Library Association. The 2X2 Committee‘s charge is to produce a list of 20 recommended books for children, age two to grade two."

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