Discover & Explore for Grade Schoolers

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Let's have fun with music!

New! Let’s have fun with music: A virtual tutorial for grade schoolers

By Eileen Saam, Children’s Services Library Assistant Nearly everyone appreciates music, whether it is listening to a favorite playlist, singing a song in the bathtub, tapping to the beat of ...
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Book covers

Transgender Day of Visibility: Books for early learners & grade schoolers

By Children's Librarian Hal Patnott March 31 is Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV). Founded in 2009 by Rachel Crandall, Transgender Day of Visibility celebrates the resilience and accomplishments of transgender ...
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A rainbow in the sky and lightning at sunset

At-home fun with meteorology for grade schoolers

By Children's Librarian Genevieve Grove Whether we are signing “What’s the Weather” in kindergarten or wondering what we should wear each day, meteorology is on our minds! Meteorology studies the ...
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Colorful gears

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Engineer some fun this winter!

By Children's Librarian Shelley Harris Engineering sounds like a big and overwhelming topic, especially for caregivers that aren’t as familiar or comfortable with science. But in fact, even babies and ...
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Discover & Explore: Salsa with music notes and la clave

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Salsa

By Children's Librarian José Cruz Let's explore Salsa! Salsa music is primarily a Caribbean rhythm that is enjoyed throughout Latin America. The word salsa also means sauce in English. Seems ...
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New tech learning for kids and tweens

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: New tech ebooks, activities & more

By Middle School Services Librarian Beronica Puhr With a new year comes new tech learning! Find new ebooks, articles, a podcast, and activities all about technology below. Check out these ...
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Tabletop roleplaying game

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Tabletop roleplaying games

By Children's Librarian Hal Patnott Have you ever wished you could explore the worlds of your favorite characters? Do you dream of running off on a grand adventure with your ...
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Wooden chess board with two players

New! Live virtual chess tutoring & more

With the explosion of interest in chess fueled by Netflix's The Queen's Gambit last fall, library resource BrainFuse HelpNow has responded by offering live chess tutoring with expert coaches. Expert ...
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