Saturday, May 15, 2021 is Astronomy Day! This day is a great time to learn more about astronomy and do fun activities inside or outside.
Astronomy is the study of the universe beyond the Earth including the sun, moon, stars, and more. To learn more about astronomy, use your MPPL library card to access the many web resources we have available. You can find the kid focused web resources on the Homework Help Web Page.
One activity you can do with your family is track the moon phases. Every night, the moon looks a little different. This is due to how the sun is reflecting off the moon. To track these changes, create a journal with your nightly observations.
On your mark, get set, race! Register and join us next, Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 4:30-5 in the Library’s Parking Garage, and make your own flying machine using simple craft materials and a small propeller. These creations will then be put the test as we propel them across ziplines.
This program is for patrons in grades 4-6.
To help keep everyone safe, space in this program is limited. Participants will be socially distanced from each other and required to wear masks. This program is weather permitting; participants will be notified in the event of cancellation.
Today is a day where Star Wars fans celebrate everything about their favorite fandom. The website, StarWars.com has many resources for all ages including an activity book with crafts coloring pages, and puzzles.
StarWarsKids.com also have some great online games and other activities that will introduce young fans to the “galaxy far, far away.”
Arbor Day is on Friday, April 30. It is an annual holiday encouraging people to plant and care for trees. It was initiated by Julius Sterling Morton, President Grover Cleveland’s Secretary of Agriculture in 1872.
For this, you will need a collection of random words, ideally written on little slips of paper. You can put these slips in a bag or mix them up in a pile. Pull words one at a time and write them down in the order that you pull them. You can also use an online word generator such as this one. Keep in mind that you might want to throw in a couple connecting words, like and, with, at, the, and a. You could also take an article from a newspaper and cut up those words to make into a poem. The lines of the poem and the poem itself end whenever you decide. Here is our dada poem:
“Could you grass?”
said light green cat,
Tired and smooth.
“Stop, try candy fluff.”
Write a poem using your five senses.
Take an object and describe how it feels, looks, sounds, smells, and even tastes (as long as it is something that’s okay to taste!).
Paint Sample Poetry
Write a poem on a paint sample slip like you can get from a home improvement store. The poem can be about the main color, or inspired by the names of the colors.
Write a borrowed poem.
Borrowed poetry is created by borrowing lines or phrases from another source, such as an article or another poem.
We learned about this from Kwame Alexander, a poet and educator (on the At Home with Kwame page). He uses the poem, This Is Just to Say by William Carlos Williams, which is basically about asking for forgiveness for something you aren’t really sorry for doing. Once you think of a time like that in your life, you can replace words in the poem to reflect your experience. For example:
This is just to say
I have no
to turn in today.
Which you were
to count towards my grade.
I played outside instead
the sun was warm
and my friends were there.
The library has poetry books for every kind of person. Here are some of our favorites!