News from Youth Services Category: Current Events

Mid-Autumn Festival

Today marks the holiday of the Mid-Autumn Festival. This is celebrated by millions in East Asia. This is celebrated around the time of the harvest moon which can change each year.

Many will participating in activities like moon gazing and lantern. The symbol of a rabbit on a moon is used by many Asian countries. For more information about this festival visit, How Different Countries in Asia Celebrate the Mid- Autumn Festival.

yellow moon in starry sky
image courtesy of Pixabay Images

Check out some of our favorites all about the Mid- Autumn Festival. If you would like more options please contact the youth desk.

Moon Messenger: A Family Reunion During the Mid-Autumn Festival book cover
Moon Messenger: A Family Reunion During the Mid-Autumn Festival by Jie Wei
Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival book cover
Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival by Grace Lin
the shadow in the moon book cover
The Shadow in the Moon by Christina Matula
Celebrations Around the World book cover
Celebrations Around the World by DK

When Things Are Scary

It can be difficult to talk to your children when things are scary in the news. Youth staff have gathered some resources that could be helpful when having these conversations with your children. Rereading favorite stories or re-watching favorite movies can also be very comforting to children in times of stress.

father hugs his son
Photo by August de Richelieu: https://www.pexels.com/photo/father-and-son-hugging-4260097/

Not every resource is right for every child or family. If you need guidance on what will best meet your specific needs, library staff can help you when choosing items.

Resources to Use With Your Child

These books and resources are appropriate to share with your children or have information about talking with your child: When Things Are Scary

Resources from Hoopla

Loss And Grief by Caitie McAneney

A Bowl Full Of Peace by Caren B. Stelson

What To Do When I Am Sad by  Dagmar Geisler

Dear Everybody, Admit There’s Hurt by Erica N. Wortherly, LLC

Overdrive Ebook

Essential Conversations for Anxious Parents and Worried Kids

Articles for Grownups

How to Explain Scary News to Kids

Helping Children Cope With Frightening News (also available en español)

Explaining the News to Our Kids

What to say to kids when the news is scary

Talking to Children About the Shooting

Helping Children with Tragic Events in the News

For Adults/Older Kids/Teens

These resources are for adults and older readers to learn more about the history, impact, and context of gun violence and school shootings in our country: Public Safety

Black History Month: Inventors and Scientists

February is Black History month*, and all month long we’ll have displays about Black excellence in a variety of areas. First up we have Scientists and Inventors! You can come into the library and check out items from the display or go to our reading recommendations page and place a hold!

image of a display of books on the theme of Black Scientists and Inventors
close up of the book Mr. Crum's Potato Predicament

I particularly love the book Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament, the story of how George Crum invented the potato chip to satisfy a restaurant patron who couldn’t get a fried potato that was thin and crispy enough for his taste!

* “Black History Month, also called African American History Month,  monthlong commemoration of African American history and achievement that takes place each February in the United States. It was begun in 1976.

The idea for a Black History Month was first conceived by the historian Carter G. Woodson and members of his Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History). Together they organized a Negro History Week, beginning in February 1926. They selected the month of February for this celebration because it was close to the birthdays of U.S. Pres. Abraham Lincoln, who had been responsible for the Emancipation Proclamation, and the African American orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.”

“Black History Month.” Britannica Library, Encyclopædia Britannica, 8 Feb. 2021. library.eb.com/levels/referencecenter/article/Black-History-Month/475396. Accessed 31 Jan. 2022.