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Happy Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year is this Saturday, February 10th, and we are entering the Year of the Dragon.  I do not pretend to be an expert on the Chinese zodiac, but dragons are believed to be auspicious beings, meaning that the year they represent can be filled with changes, opportunities, and challenges.  This year, I have happily also noticed that it may also be filled with books, written in English for our customers, that delve into the Lunar New Year festitivies.  This post hopes to highlight a few. 

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Write On! The Importance of Hand Strength in Early Writing

In my Family Engagement work in tandem with a school psychologist and occupational therapist, I have learned the importance of pre-writing skills in kindergarten readiness…and that many children today have fallen behind in this stage of development.  We worry about the “dangers” of screens concerning attention span and other developmental stages…but scrolling with touch screens is really hampering hand development, a vital part of writing.

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The Art of Early Literacy Asides in Storytime

My library system pauses our storytimes during the month of December, so I always feel like this break is a perfect time to regroup and reevaluate storytime offerings.  This reevaluation can be on the branch level:  do you have the right number of storytimes for the right age group? Are they scheduled at times that work for your community?