Moms, dads, grandmoms and kids show off their rain barrels made during a summer reading program while learning about collecting rain water and its benefit for our flowers and plants.
Just like reading, math can be everywhere this summer. Keep young brains engaged and thinking all summer just by doing a little thinking of your own. Here's three tips to find math in everyday activities:
1. Road trip! Beat the 'are we there yet, blues' with an audio book. Add the fun of math and you've got family math fun rollin' down the road. Signs and their shapes are a geometry. How many triangles, circles and octagons can be found? Make tickets for rest stops and have a tangible method for demonstrating distance and time.
2. Gardening is great fun. Plants can be measured, growth logged and if it bear fruits or veggies those can be weighed, measured and eaten!
3. Fireflies or lightnin' bugs are signaling the night sky now. Try counting them, count the blinks, are there more or less in certain areas? Math is a great way to wind down the day. Finish the day with a bedtime story, of course!
There's hundreds more tips and great resources at your fingertips on the internet, pbs.org is a top place to start. Youcubed.org has a short five-minute video on brain science, math learning and kids. Most important keep it light and fun! Play and mistakes are a child's work of learning.
Be sure to check out these great programs at the library this week!
Operation Gratitude: Paracord Bracelets Monday, June 18 from 5-7 pm Library Community Room. Learn to make survival bracelets and write "thank you' letters for service members.
Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) Tuesday at 10:30 am Library Community Room. Join us for a fun time of play, story and craft.
Read and Munch (teens ages 13-17) Tuesday, June 19th and 21st from Noon-1 p.m. Bring your lunch and listen to "Swear to Howdy," by Wendelin Van Draanen, the tale of two boys who find trouble, face the consequences, and live to tell the tale. Water provided.
"Rock the City" Button-Making Challenge (teens ages 13-17) Tuesday, June 19 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Make one for yourself and a few to sell for the Friends of the Library.
Movie Night Sing-A-Long SHOWING The Wizard of Oz (G) Tuesday, June 19 from 6-8 p.m. All ages welcome to attend.
Let's Get Singin' With Jennifer Wednesday, June 20 at 10 a.m. Location is at Central United Methodist Church. All ages welcome! Sing in different languages (like Spanish, Hebrew, and Cat) perform feats of feline ferocity to difficult time signatures. Jennifer works with Eric Litwin who is the author of the first four Pete the Cat books. She will also perform one of his stories.
Jennifer Daniels Sings to Little Ones during Tiny Tots Storytime (ages 0-2) Thursday at 10:30 a.m. located in the Library Community Room. Join singer/songwriter Jennifer Daniels as she plays, sings, and dances to her own original music. REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Storywalk Starts (all ages) Friday, June 22 at 10 am. All Day Event at Kings Mountain Gateway Trail, 807 S. Battleground Ave. Exercise your body, engage your brain, and enjoy the outdoors by reading a story and hiking along the Gateway Trail. The Storywalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.
Gold Panning for Adults Friday, June 22 at 6-8 pm. Located at KM Mining, 201 East King St. Learn about gold panning and experience the equipment required, while learning about the history of gold in our area. REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Make It and Play It (ages 6-12) Saturdays 10-12:30 p.m. Come explore the library on Saturday mornings and construct your very own instrument! Collect all seven!
The location of the Mauney Memorial Library is 100 S. Piedmont Street, Kings Mountain, NC 28086. For the latest in library news and events, visit www.mauneylibrary.org.
Submitted by Sharon Stack