Let’s all take a moment to be thankful that Winter has finally moved on. Well, at least we can hope that it has really moved on this time. Now that the sunshine is peaking through its time to look at some Spring Books! PopSugar has a great list of the Best Books for Spring 2018.
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SLIDESHOW
If you feel like taking a trip down memory lane today, check out the State Library’s Iowa Digital Heritage‘s collection of photographs of Iowa Public Libraries Through the Years. While Wellman-Scofield Public Library is not featured in the collection, there are many wonderful pictures of the libraries throughout Iowa. Click on the picture below to browse the collection.
Image from State Library of Iowa
If you happen to have any photographs of the Wellman-Scofield Public Library throughout the years, we would love to see and share them! You can post them in the comments section of this blog post, email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or if you don’t have them in digital form you can bring them into the library and we will help you scan them.
With National Library Week over, we have taken down our Mystery Book in a Jar and collected all the entries. What a fun contest that we will be sure to do again! The correct answer was Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh and our winner was Cassie Hinrichs! Thanks to all who participated!
Tom’s Guide has a great list of the 25 Cheap Tech Products That Make Life Easier. With new tech products coming out every day it’s hard to find out which of the products are actually helpful and which ones are just a waste of money. Here is a list that shows you 25 products that are considered to be useful and it tells you a little bit about each.
Click HERE for the list.
THE WEEK OF APRIL 16
Welcome to another week of This Week at WSPL! Every Monday we will be letting you know about upcoming library events, new books hitting our shelves, and any other important information that you, our patrons, might find helpful!
Tuesday, April 17 at 10 AM: Senior Creative Art Workshop: Necklaces
Wednesdays at 10:30: Preschool Story Time with Carol
Fridays at 10:30: Toddler Time with Megan
Saturday, April 21st @ 10 AM: Money Smarts Program for Kids
** Be sure to check out our Facebook page for future events! **
Here are some of the new items hitting our shelves this week. If you’d like to know more about any item, simply click on the title for a Goodreads review.
NEW FICTION BOOKS
If I Live by Terri Blackstock
Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs
The Woman Left Behind by Linda Howard
Duel to the Death by J.A. Jance
Red Alert by James Patterson
Accidental Heroes by Danielle Steel
NEW JUNIOR NON-FICTION
I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888 by Lauren Tarshis
NEW CHILDREN’S FICTION
Pancakes in Pajamas by Frank Asch
Max’s Half Birthday by Rosemary Wells
Sepulchre by Kate Mosse
The Fox & the Hound (1&2)
Gone Baby Gone
We have a great program coming up here at the Wellman-Scofield Library! As part of National Money Smart Week, we are teaming up Hills Bank to provide a fun opportunity for kids to come to the library and learn about the importance of saving. Each participant who attends the Money Smarts program will receive a piggy bank to decorate and each family will receive a beautiful hard-cover book to take home. Contact WSPL for more information!
Image from artsyfarstymama.com
In Honor of Nation Library Week, we’ve got some free printable Harry Potter bookmarks for you HP lovers today, courtesy of artsyfartsymama.com! All you need to do is click HERE to go to their website, download and print the bookmarks. Then its just a matter of cutting them out and grabbing a good book! Enjoy!!
**Tip**Use contact paper to laminate each bookmark so it will last forever!
This week happens to be National Library Week. A time when we can all celebrate our love of libraries! Fly your book nerd flag high and enjoy it! Here at WSPL we have been celebrating by having classes from Mid-Prairie West Elementary visit and get to know the library a little better. Its been so much fun getting to meet lots of new kiddos!
We also have a fun contest happening for our patrons to participate in. Come check out the Book in a Jar and see if you can guess the title of the book inside! My hint to you blog readers is that the book is from the Junior Fiction section. Shhh!
Take advantage of all the fun library happenings this week and visit all of your local libraries! Did you know that if you are a Washington County resident you can get a library card at all three libraries in the county? So visit Kalona, Washington, and Wellman libraries and get a new card if you don’t have one yet! There are so many great books to be discovered at all three libraries!
Happy National Library Week!!
If you’ve ever had to pry a tablet from a toddler’s death grip, this article might be just what you’re looking for! Common Sense Media is such a great resource for parents when it comes to advice on creating healthy relationships between your children and their media access. The article we are sharing with you today is “5 Strategies for Getting Kids off Devices”. Check out the full article on commonsensemedia.org.
5 Strategies for Getting Kids off Devices
Ever try to pry a tablet from sticky fingers? Check out these tips to avoid the tantrum.
“Just a sec,” say nine out of 10 parents answering an email when their kid asks them for something. If it’s hard for us to jump out of the digital world, just imagine you’re 3 and the lines between fantasy and reality are already blurred — then throw in a super-engaging, colorful, fun, immersive experience. Or you’re 5 and each episode of Mutt & Stuff on the Nick Jr. app is better than the last. Or you’re 8 and you’re almost finished building something amazing in Minecraft. Why would you ever want to stop?
This is why getting kids off their devices is so tough. And when threatening doesn’t work, and you discover the research that two-minute warnings aren’t the best option either, what can you do? Thankfully, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some new guidelines around screen use that ease some parental guilt, but you still need to get your kid off the iPad at some point. Aside from being a strong role model, try these tips to minimize conflict and find the balance we’re all seeking.
- Have another activity lined up (bonus points for making it seem fun). For the youngest device users, transitions are hard — period. Even if the next “to do” is a “must do” (such as eating lunch), tell your kid what’s coming next. You can rehearse the process: “When I say stop, it’s time for the iPad to go night-night. Let’s see how fast you can flip it shut! As soon as it’s asleep, we can sneak into the other room and paint.”
- Use visual and sound cues to help kids keep track of time limits. For kids who don’t yet know how to tell time, try a timer that can help put them in charge of the process: “When the time is up, it’ll look and sound like this.”
- Find apps with built-in timers. Video streamers like Cakey and Huvi throw parents a bone and have internal timers so the app stops on its own. Then it’s up to the parent to make sure kiddo doesn’t just jump into another app.
- Tell kids to stop at a natural break, such as the end of an episode, level, or activity. It’s hard for kids (and adults!) to stop in the middle of something. Before your kid gets on a device, talk about what they want to do or play, what will be a good place to stop, and how long they think it’ll take. Set the limit together and hold to it, though a little wiggle room (a couple of minutes so they can finish) is fine.
- Discuss consequences and follow through when kids test the limits. When all else fails, it’s important to have discussed consequences for when your kid won’t give it up. For little kids, the line can be something like, “If it’s too hard to turn off, the tablet has to go away for a whole day.” For older kids it’s more about keeping devices in a public space, setting expectations, and enforcing them. If they show you they can be partners in moderating and regulating themselves, there can be more flexibility.