Parents' Corner

Here are links to some quality media resources for your family, including books, podcasts, apps, media and technology.  Suggestions for additional resources are welcome and may be emailed to 
 Mrs. Finn at  

Building a Home Library - Suggestions from the American Library Association & Children's Book Council for ages birth to 14.
The Story Home - Podcasts of Classic Children's Literature, Streaming or Downloads.
Anita Silvey's Book-A-Day Almanac - A children’s book expert reveals the  fascinating stories behind children’s book classics and new books on their way to becoming classics.
Children's Technology Review - Find Quality Interactive Media/technology Products for Kids.
 Commonsense Media - Information and Reviews for Families About Media
Great Web Sites for Kids - Compiled Annually by the Association for Library Service to Children.
  NPR's Back Seat Book Club - Great Reads - Including Author Interviews - for ages 9-14

Try a Library-Themed Birthday Party!

What's better than a good book?!   For your child's next birthday party, try a low-tech library-themed party idea.   There are scads of such ideas online; here is one of my favorites which originally ran in Family Fun Magazine a few years ago.  While the printables from Family Fun Magazine (now part of  Disney) no longer seem available, the photos themselves are inspiration for some easy do-it-yourself creations.   (And I would be happy to supply the invitation "pockets" from our rarely-needed supply!)