The Summer Reading Program is ready and full of exciting programs for youth of all ages. Here is a link to our website, where you can view or print the calendar. Information is also available on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Paper copies are also available at the Youth Services desk. If you have any questions, please call us at 455-6320.
We look forward to seeing you and your family at the library this summer!
If you don’t like big, friendly dogs, cuddly kittens, sweet rabbits or loveable guinea pigs, then this is not a post for you. If you do, then read on for some wonderful tales (and tails) about people and their pets.
Bad Kitty books by Nick Buel. If you have ever lived with a cat, you will get a kick out of these books. When Kitty decides to be bad, she can be very, very bad. But when she’s good, you’ll forgive her everything. This series also includes information on cat behavior and training tips.
Learn how smart a snake can be with My Snake Blake by Randy Seigel. In Cecil the Pet Glacier by Matthea Harvey, Ruby doesn’t want a pet, but then a glacier follows her home. Petunia, on the other hand, has her heart set on getting a pet skunk. Find out if she gets it in A Pet For Petunia by Paul Schmid. All three books are great for those not interested in the traditional dog or cat pets.
You know the Henry and Mudge books are about the adventures that Henry and his dog Mudge have. But did you know about Annie and Snowball? Annie is a friend of Henry’s and she has a pet rabbit named Snowball. They also have adventures, and sometimes Henry and Mudge join them.
There are a lot more stories out there about pets. These are just a few of our favorites. Let us know your favorite pet stories in the comments.
On May 7th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, the Lynchburg Public Library will be hosting Tech Talk. If you need help with a tablet, eReader, app, or smartphone, we can help. We will be going over the recent changes to the Overdrive app, but will take questions on other technology needs.
There is no registration required. Bring your device and questions to the Community Room and we will do our best to help you. For more information, please visit www.lynchburgva.gov/library or call 434-455-6310.
We have a real treat coming up this Thursday, May 2nd. Jim Presgraves of the Bookworm & Silverfish Bookstore in Wytheville, VA is coming to host a Rare Books Roadshow. Jim is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and has been appraising books and manuscripts since 1968. Now he’s coming to the Lynchburg Public Library to appraise your books! Finally, you can find out what that old book is worth.
There will be a small charge of $5.00 for each book appraisal; but, if the book is not anything, the money will be returned.
This program is co-sponsored by the Library and the Friends of the Lynchburg Public Library. Jim Presgraves will be at the main library from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. For more information, please visit our events page or call 434-455-6310.
by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen
From the book jacket:
Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark is not afraid of Laszlo. Laszlo lives in a house. The dark lives in the basement. One night, the dark comes upstairs to Laszlo’s room, and Laszlo goes down to the basement. This is the story of how Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark.
With emotional insight and poetic economy, two award-winning talents team up to conquer a universal childhood fear.
Recommended for readers ages 3 and up.
Request your copy here!
April is Autism Awareness Month
Did you know:
- Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys
- Autism prevalence figures are growing
- Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
- Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
- Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
- Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
- There is no medical detection or cure for autism
If you would like to find out more about Autism, check out the Autism Speaks website. This site has a wealth of information about what Autism is, how it is diagnosed, screening tools, family support and much more.
The following signs may indicate your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder:
- No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
- No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by nine months
- No babbling by 12 months
- No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
- No words by 16 months
- No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
- Any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age
If you think your child is exhibiting these signs, you can take the free screening test here.
If your child has recently been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, you can download the 100 Day Kit here, which was created specifically for newly diagnosed families to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child’s diagnosis of autism.
The library also has information available to you.
by Alan I. Rosenblatt, Paul S. Carbone ; with Winnie Yu .
From autism and Asperger’s syndrome through pervasive developmental disorders, this authoritative reference from the leading publisher in pediatric health care examines how autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are defined and diagnosed and reviews the most current behavioral and developmental therapy treatments available. Through this evidence-based guide, which reflects the new diagnostic thinking from the American Psychiatric Association, parents and caregivers will learn about the symptoms and the incidence of ASDs, screening tools, the roles of complementary and alternative medicine, and what to expect as these children grow into adolescence and beyond.
by Elizabeth Verdick and Elixabeth Reeve, M.D.
This positive, straightforward book offers kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) their own comprehensive resource for both understanding their condition and finding tools to cope with the challenges they face every day. Some children with ASDs are gifted; others struggle academically. Some are more introverted, while others try to be social. Some get “stuck” on things, have limited interests, or experience repeated motor movements like flapping or pacing (“stims”). The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders covers all of these areas, with an emphasis on helping children gain new self-understanding and self-acceptance.
More books can be found by clicking here.
April 20th is the start of Money Smart Week. Everybody wants it, and for good reason. It seems like the more money you have, the more food, clothes, and education you can get. But making more money doesn’t help if it you can’t hang onto it. If you’re smart about money management, you don’t necessarily have to make more to get more. We encourage you to take some time to learn how to be smarter with your money. These resources can help.
Money Smart Games Sponsored by Money Smart Week, these games use sports and life simulations (think Sims) to teach about earnings, savings, and budgets. Use these games to give your kids a head start on money matters or play yourself to brush up on the basics.
The Financial Planning Association has many articles, checklists, tools, and apps for you on how to do financial planning on your own. They also include information on how to deal with specific types of life events, from buying a home to losing a job to caring for a loved one.
What about investing? You know about Wall Street and the stock market but not how it all works, right? Then check out Investor.gov. They’ll teach you what the stock market is, how to invest, what the difference between a stock and a bond is, and a whole lot more. If you’re not sure you’re ready for investing, try playing a virtual stock market game before you invest to practice the strategies you’ve learned.
You can find money tips and investing know-how in books as well as websites. May we suggest you check out:
Money Rules: the simple path to lifelong security by Jean Chatzy. “Outlines simple steps for saving, investing, increasing, and protecting income in order to achieve financial stability.” – From the summary.
The Investment Answer: learn to manage your money & protect your financial future by Daniel C Goldie & Gordon S Murray. “Explains the basics of investing and offers guidance in making the five informed decisions leading to a successful investment experience at any level.” – From the summary.
Rich Dad Poor Dad for Teens: the secrets about money — that you don’t learn in school by Robert T Kiyosaki. “An age-appropriate guide encourages the development of confident and responsible money skills, providing case examples, sidebars, and attitude recommendations that demonstrate how to achieve security in today’s challenging job market.” – From the summary.