Fidget spinners are popping up everywhere. The trendy gadgets are marketed as fun for kids but also as the new stress ball for adults. Where did they come from? Can they really relieve stress, help people stay focused or even reduce the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? Or are they just a gimmick that drives parents […]Read More from 5 Articles: Fidget Spinners for Kids and Parents
St. Patrick's Day celebrates Irish heritage, and we often see symbols like leprechauns, pots of gold, shamrocks and green clothing. Why not pick up one of these books for kids to read more about the holiday? You could start with the Irish legend of Fin M'Coul. In this tale, the giant Fin M'Coul and his wife, Oonagh, come […]Read More from St. Patrick’s Day Legends and Leprechauns for Kids
It's my favorite time of year! Scary decorations are everywhere and everyone is picking out a costume to wear on Halloween night. Do you know what costume you are wearing? If not, maybe you can get an idea from one of these Halloween books! Get up from your seat and shake your bones with the […]Read More from Carve Out Time for Halloween Tales
Every day I am out and about in Uptown, and lately everywhere I go I notice people reading. I have caught you reading at the bus stop, on park benches and even at the Little Free Libraries scattered throughout the neighborhood. Book lovers are certainly making their presence known in Uptown! You were thoughtfully selecting […]Read More from Caught Reading: Uptown, August 2016
There are many ways to get from one place to another. Like me, you've probably traveled by bus, train, plane or car, but have you ever taken a ride in a hot air balloon? Hot air balloons have been around since the 1700's. Their name tells you how they work. As the air inside the […]Read More from It’s Hot Air Balloon Day!
Valentine's Day is right around the corner! It's the time of year for hearts, chocolate, flowers and love. While your chocolates might melt and your flowers may wilt, these sweet treats will be around for a very long time. When an ordinary boy realizes it's Valentine's Day, he turns into A Crankenstein Valentine! See all of the monstrous […]Read More from Be Mine, Funny Valentine
Have you ever wondered if all snowflakes are the same? Or if snow is actually white? Or is there anywhere in the United States that has never had snow? While we wait for our next snow storm, get ready for some snow adventures with these chilly reads. Find all the answers about snow in The Story of […]Read More from What Do You Know about Snow?
Imagine waking up in the morning and going to work in a factory with no breakfast and no play time after you are done working for the day. Jane Addams, who lived here in Chicago, thought kids should be in school learning instead of in factories working. She fought hard for the rights of children, women and […]Read More from Who Was Jane Addams?
Do you love to read comics and graphic novels? Are your favorite shows about superheroes and supervillains? Have you always wished that you could draw your favorite characters or even your own comic creations? You can! Just check out a couple of books and a little bit of practice and you will be on your […]Read More from You Can Draw Superheroes, Too!
In November, we celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Learn more about Native Americans with these books for kids and families. You might start by exploring the history of Native Americans with Native Americans or A Kid's Guide to Native American History. These books use hands-on activities to explore the diversity of Native American cultures and to teach us about […]Read More from Native American Heritage Books for Kids