Explore and learn in your own backyard. These fun, educational kit will encourage children to view the wondrous world of nature through new eyes. Both kids include a National Geographic Field Guide and magnifying glass. The insect kit includes a bug catcher with built in magnification, 2 butterfly nets and a set of 3D bug identification cards.
The bird kit includes child sized binoculars, a compass, a bird call and a deck of bird identification cards. Also included in this kit is instructions from Cornell Lab of Ornithology Celebrate Urban Birds program. This program is aimed at creating “Citizen Scientists” who gather and share information about the habitats in their own backyards. The instructions are easy, but do need to be followed in order to not invalidate the data. The website for sharing your results is included in the packet. Creating an account is required. If you would rather not do so, but still want your numbers counted, you can let the staff at the children’s desk know and we will add your results under the library’s account. Read More
Imagine that the library is your paradise away from home, during your Spring Break! The library has some fun activities going on during that week that will be fun for everyone!
We will start the week off with a walk- in craft making construction paper flowers on Sunday, March 25th through Saturday, March 31st!
Wednesday the 28th is going to be a fun day for all ages; at 11 a.m. we have Kevin Farris & the Infinite Possibilities and at 6:30 p.m. we have Family STEM night. Registration is required for both of these activities. Family STEM activities are open to children ages 4-12 years old.
On Thursday, March 29th at 2 p.m. we have a Walk-in Led Bracelet, ages 10-14.
To finish off the fun week we have a walk-in family story time (newborn – 6 years old) at 10 a.m. on Friday the 30th.
For more details about these activities or to register, link to our calendar. Read More
Hey, parents! Do you remember the thrill of the encyclopedia? Glossy covers? Taken as a whole the spines created a stunning picture of the world? Individually they contained a host of knowledge unavailable anywhere else? Where else could you find information on aardvarks, Aarhus and John Quincy Adams within the same volume?
For most of us the encyclopedia was a special treat long relegated to reference collections and available to browse only with in the hallowed halls of the library. Sure for a few cents you could make a copy of a page or two (my memories are filled with the squeaks and groans of an ancient yellowed Xerox machine), but those copies were never quite as magical.
Now at the Antioch Public Library District you can take that magic home with you. Our entire set of brand new 2018 World Book encyclopedias are available for checkout. You can find them in the Juvenile Nonfiction collection (we cleared a shelf specially for them so the spine pictures is complete!). Stop in today. Pick a letter and learning something new!
New Year's Day is the first day of the Gregorian calendar, which is widely used in many countries such as the USA. Many celebrate its arrival on New Year’s Eve with fireworks and parties. Special songs are sung to welcome the new year, including the ever-popular “Auld Lang Syne” in many English-speaking countries. In the United States, the most iconic New Year’s tradition is the dropping of a giant ball in New York City’s Times Square at the stroke of midnight. Children and adults enjoy celebrating with New Year’s Eve horns and hats!
The start of New Year's Day is at midnight. On New Year’s Day, many celebrate with families, parties and special events. Many adults have the day off to celebrate. Towns and cities, celebrate with parades and special football games.
The birth of the first baby in the New Year is often celebrated with gifts. A few are even celebrated in local newspapers and on local news shows. People often make New Year's resolutions that are usually promises to themselves to improve something in their own lives. The practice of making resolutions for the new year is thought to have first caught on among the ancient Babylonians, who made promises in order to earn the favor of the gods and start the year off on the right foot.
To celebrate the holiday there are many books to read about the special day.
Thanksgiving is approaching and it is time for some holiday fun! Thanksgiving reminds us how important families and friends are. It gives us time to share family stories and make memories along with enjoying a delicious meal.
Even though we enjoy our pumpkin pie, cranberries and turkey, it was probably not what the pilgrims ate. There was venison (deer) and wild turkey that the Indians brought. The pilgrims hunted rabbits, ducks, and geese. Eel, codfish, sea bass and clams were other foods that the pilgrims could have had.
The exact date of the first feast is not known, but is thought to be in mid-October. It lasted three days. The harvest feast was not held every year. If crops failed, they did not have reason to celebrate.
The first Thanksgiving Day for the entire country was on November 26th, 1789, ordered by George Washington. Still, not all states celebrated this custom. It did not catch on until Sarah Josepha Hale started filling the magazine she was editor for with Thanksgiving stories, songs and recipes. After many years it was set on the last Thursday of November by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863! After 75 years President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in 1939 changed the holiday to the third Thursday in November. He wanted to help American businesses. It gave more time before Christmas, allowing for more time to shop for Christmas items!
Here are a few Thanksgiving stories to share!
Sharing stories are fun whether the stories are sweet: