As the weather gets warmer, it always makes me want to go outside and dig in the dirt. I enjoy planting things, taking care of them, and watching them grow. It’s a very satisfying and relaxing way to spend my time. I don’t know if you feel the same way, but even if you don’t enjoy digging in the dirt, I would bet that you probably enjoy the fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and strawberries that come from your own garden. Personally, I think they taste better when you have grown them yourself.
Have you ever thought about growing a garden with your kids? You should give it a try! Children are naturally curious and they love digging in the dirt which makes gardening a perfect project, as well as a fun, hands-on learning experience that everyone can participate in. Gardening also teaches children important life skills as well as environmental awareness by exploring nature. You don’t have to be an experienced gardener to plant a garden with your children, you just need some dirt, seeds, or plants and a willingness to try. Here are a few resources the library has to help you get started on your own gardening adventure.
This is a fun resource the library offers. There are gardening activities listed that you can do with your children as well as books and movies you can watch to get your little ones excited about gardening.
This book helps you make gardening fun for your kids and teaches you how to design your own play-friendly family garden. It includes games, art, fun ideas for projects you can do in the garden, as well as instructions on how to cook what you grow from your own garden.
Thirteen-year-old Emma shares her passion for gardening in this fun guide for kids. She will show you how to grow your own food, what kind of soil is best, and how to grow different kinds of gardens, including a flower stand garden. She also talks about different kinds of plants and shows you, with lots of fun pictures, how to make spaces for kids to play among the plants.
This gardening book is perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to plant a garden outside but would like to do fun gardening science experiments with their children. You can do experiments to learn about roots, leaves, stems, and how sunlight and water play a crucial role in helping plants to grow.
Whether you just got your library card or you’ve had one for decades, there are a lot of fun things you can access at the library with it. Here are some of my favorite resources that I have access to with my library card.
Freegal is a downloadable and streaming music service that gives you access to millions of songs in MP3 format. It’s like Spotify or Pandora, but without the ads. You can stream up to five hours of music a day and download three songs each week to your computer or phone. I love Classic Rock and I have found all my favorite songs on Freegal.
Did you know the library has access to thousands of ebooks and audiobooks? Did you know you can access them for free with your library card? Libby is an app by Overdrive that makes it super easy to borrow ebooks and audiobooks. All you have to do is download the app, link your library card, and enjoy! I use this app every day.
Lynda is an amazing service that allows you to learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals. You sign up to learn a skill and Lynda points you to the course that will help you learn it. The videos are very easy to follow and are made by some of the best minds in the professional world. I taught myself HTML and Wordpress so I could create an awesome blog. See what Lynda can do for you!
Creative bug is a lot like Lynda but for the crafter in you. You create an account and then you have access to thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. I am enjoying the beginning water color videos. They really have helped me unlock my creativity.
These are just a few of my favorite resources all made possible by my library card. If you have any questions about these and other resources, stop by the reference desk and talk to a friendly librarian about how to make the most of your library card.
High school can be a really stressful time for teens. Between hormones, friends, technology, and prepping for college, it can be a whirlwind fraught with obstacles. Add to that COVID-19 (CoronaVirus), school closure, missing friends and teachers, and you have a very difficult environment for teens to grow up in.
One practice that can help teens to deal with these stresses is being mindful. Research shows people who practice mindfulness and meditate every day are happier, more focused, and have better memory. If you are trying to navigate in these crazy times and are a teen or know a teen who could use some resources for mindfulness, this blog is for you!
Here are five eBook resources from Overdrive geared toward teens that can help you build resiliency and stay hopeful and happy.
Author Whitney Stewart introduces readers to the practice of mindfulness. With its roots in ancient Buddhist teachings, mindfulness--the practice of purposefully focusing attention on the present moment--can change a person's approach to stress, develop skills to handle anxiety and depression, and provide a sense of awareness and belonging. This is a short book with really great research to back up the practices. It is written specifically for young adults with topics like mindfulness before bed, mindfulness with your phone, and mindfulness at social gatherings.
This book has everything you need to help you understand and manage the very real pressures you're facing from life. Designed to provide strategies for managing stress and anxiety, this book is filled with practical evidence-based advice and stories from teen and young adult women like you who have found ways to manage their anxieties. What I love is that every chapter features a discussion of different types of stress and anxiety so you can understand better what you're experiencing, activities to help you remember all the things you love about yourself and to help you understand yourself better, strategies for combating both stress and anxiety, and a stories of other girls who've learned to move past their stress and love their lives— and themselves — to the fullest.
Psychologist and learning specialist Christopher Willard offers teens like you proven-effective, mindfulness-based practices to help you cope with your anxiety, identify common triggers (such as dating or school performance), learn valuable time-management skills, and feel calmer at home, at school, and with friends. The workbook structure allows you to answer questions and really think through your experiences.
Based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), this book helps you identify your "monkey mind"—the primitive part of the brain where anxious thoughts arise. There are lots of illustrations that help explain practical strategies for handling even the toughest situations that previously caused you to feel anxious or worried. If you're ready to feel more independent, more confident, and be your best, this unique book will show you how.
Life cab really tough when you are pulled in all sorts of directions. From family, to school, to dating, you can feel pretty stressed out. This book provides simple accessible mindfulness-based practices will help bring you relief and ease right away. It also teaches you self-care that helps calm the anxiety and stress. It like a life-hack to get you through even the toughest days.
 Stewart, W. (2020). Mindfulness and meditation: Handling life with a calm and focused mind. Twenty First-Century Books: Minneapolis Minnesota.
I love recycling projects because I can turn something old, that still has plenty of wear, into something new and useful again.
For example, my son recently ripped several of his old jeans. I hate to throw away good denim but the only thing I could think of to repurpose his old jeans was to make a quilt. However, I don’t have enough denim or the time for a project like that so, I have been trying to think of ways I could use this denim. Recently, I came across a book that had several ideas for using old jeans and turning them into something new, like a bag or a skirt. It got me thinking about what I could make with what I already have. This discovery came at a perfect time since I can’t go to the craft store right now to get ideas or supplies and I have been wanting to make something.
If you are feeling like me and want some ideas for using what you already have lying around the house, take a look at these resources and then go and create something new.
This online resource is free with your current library card and it has many ideas for crafts you can make. If you want recycling crafts specifically, type “recycle” in the search bar and it will bring up several ideas. Check out this fun website and get your creative juices flowing as you watch tutorials with step-by-step instructions on how to do a wide variety of crafting.
Many of our books can be checked out online through OVERDRIVE or LIBBY. If you type in “recycled crafts”, you will find multiple titles that can inspire you to make many creative projects such as puppets, quilts, or little fixes for clothing.
This is a great book with lots of pictures and step-by-step instructions on how to make something new with your old jeans. It contains decorating ideas for your room and lots of fun crafts. Some require sewing and some can be done with a hot glue gun. Check it out and repurpose some of your old jeans.
If you’re looking for a book to help you come up with ideas for recycling and where to find materials, this book is for you. It contains a wide range of ideas for using old t-shirts, sweaters or socks to make something new. We are surrounded with what we need, we just need inspiration. This book will inspire you to look closely at the world around you for inspiration in making your crafts and challenge you to use recycled and reusable materials.
We all have t-shirts piled up around the house that we hate to get rid of because they still have plenty of wear, so if you are looking for a way to repurpose these old t-shirts check out this DIY book. You will find a wide variety of ideas to help you transform those old t-shirts into fun stylish accessories that won’t break the bank.