It’s summer, and that means it’s time to get dirty. While we have lots of books about hiking, exploring, how to navigate and identify things in the woods from insects to trees to snakes, sometimes all you have is a smartphone. There are lots of great apps for outdoor learning out there, and here are some lists to get you going (there are far more than what we’ve found, we’re sure). From Commonsensemedia.org, Open Education, and the User Generated Education blog. The image above is taken from EEWeek.org which is a great website about outdoor learning you should explore.
You may want to also try Project Squirrel, Nature Sound Map, and Geocahing or Opencaching.
Have fun this summer and don’t forget you can find out more about all the cool stuff you discover in the library! And don’t forget that books you read on birds, foxes and bugs count towards summer reading (and go well with our science and discovery theme)!
Upcoming this month at FTPL:
Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, young adult Yarn Club, beginner yoga, adult chess, probate a will, intro to origami, and our summer reading program! Have you registered for an event or summer reading yet? Check out our adult, young adult and children’s calendars and “spark a reaction” today!
Stay connected: Facebook, Twitter, blog and Summer.
We are very please to have the Nature Tracker’s Club exhibit in our main entrance display in the lobby! This club is a group of 7-13 year olds who learn about endangered animals in a creative environment. One of the involved children was very enthusiastic about not only the project but getting to express herself creatively. If you’re interested in the type of things they do, please check out their website. Don’t forget to check out their exhibit the next time they come in!
Congratulations to our Children’s Department, which won the New Jersey State Library’s Best Practices in Early Literacy Program Award for our Scribble Time program! We’re very proud of their accomplishment!
Our next Scribble Time! program is Monday June 16, 11-11:30 am. If you’re interested in coming, you must register. You can do so here.
Scribble Time! is a first introduction to crayons, paint, and glue, along with a story and a rhyme or two. This program is more about the experience than the product: Children will enjoy using the materials provided even though it may not result in something to hang on the refrigerator at home. As an added benefit, they will increase vocabulary as we talk about these creative experiences. Parents and children should plan to wear comfortable clothing that can get messy.
This is a new program for children ages 1 to 3 years accompanied by a parent.
Please register CHILD ONLY so we can plan enough materials and space.
Registration begins two weeks before the program date.
The same project is offered on both dates each month. Please plan to attend only one.
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Have you checked our our new Summer at the Library page?
It’s your go-to source for summer reading lists by grade, our summer reading program where you can win great prizes, and our summer concert series! Go watch a video of the band playing, register for the concerts of your choice, sign up and log your summer reading (Starting June 15th, get ready!) for kids, teen and adults, and check out this year’s summer reading titles and place holds all from one convenient location.
A link is also below the Events/News/What to Read tabs on our homepage!
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