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First Friday: A Story. A Song. An Activity.

July 2022: “Layla’s Happiness”

 

Come join our virtual library event for a special children’s literary adventure! Climbing a tree, wearing purple, and eating spaghetti without a fork. These are things that bring Layla happiness. Follow along with us this summer to ask, explore, and discover… What is happiness for you? Children, parents, and providers are all welcome.

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June 2022: “The ABCs of Black History”

 

This month’s story “The ABC’s of Black History” provides a glimpse into the many contributions of Black Americans while reminding readers that Black History is not limited to 28 days in February.

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May 2022: “I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness”

 

This month’s story introduces mindfulness and deep breathing to assist children with self-regulation strategies to use during moments of stress. Children, parents, and providers are all welcome.

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April 2022: “Chica Chica Boom Boom”

 

“A told B, and B told C… I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree.” Join us as this month’s story provides a fun introduction to the Alphabet by bringing the letters to life… just in time for National Poetry Month!

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March 2022: “The Doctor With An Eye For Eyes”

 

As we enter Women’s History Month, we celebrate the brave, amazing, innovative contributions that women and girls have made all throughout history. This month’s story, The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath, celebrates the work of Dr. Bath, while highlighting the perseverance that it took for her to become a doctor during a time when some opportunities were limited for women. Children, parents, and providers are all welcome.

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February 2022: “A Place Inside Of Me”

 

To kick-off our Black History Month celebration we’re sharing a story that provides an opportunity to come together, give voice to feelings, and heal. Create a safe space within your home and/or child care environment to initiate healing conversations with children and families. A Place Inside of Me- A Poem to Heal the Heart models how to use creative expression as an outlet for everything we may be feeling. Joy, Fear, Sorrow, Anger, Compassion, Healing… and Hope! Children, parents, and providers all welcome.

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January 2022: “Your Name is a Song”

 

As we enter a new year, we share a story of a young girl’s frustration at the constant mispronunciation of her beautiful name.  The story comes to life as the girl and her mother explore the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names on their lyrical walk home.  Your Name is a Song is a celebration to remind each of us about the beauty, history, and magic behind names. Children, parents, and providers all welcome.

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December 2021: “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes”

 

As we share our final reading for 2021, we are excited that it is BOTH a Story and a Song!! Read (and sing) along with us as we follow Pete the Cat on his journey while walking in his brand new white shoes. Our hope for all of you is that no matter what the new year brings, you will just keep walking and singing your song. Children, parents, and providers all welcome.

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November 2021: “We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga”

 

Otsaliheliga (pronounced oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah)  is a Cherokee word used to express gratitude. This month’s reading of “We Are Grateful- Otsaliheliga” reminds us to celebrate blessings and reflect on struggles- all year long.

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October 2021: “Rosie Revere, Engineer”

 

“Rosie Revere, Engineer” is a beautifully-illustrated tale of a girl and her dream to become a great engineer. Where some people see rubbish, Rosie Revere sees inspiration. After our story reading, join us for a special song and a hands-on children’s learning activity.

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