Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New early literacy resource: Talk Read Sing!

Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing! is a project of Too Small to Fail.  Check out their website for amazing resources on child development from age 0 to 5.  You can even sign up for free texts that deliver tips, parenting videos and other resources every other week on the importance of talking, reading and singing to young children.

And don't forget to come to our early literacy storytimes at the Wellesley Free Library for more information about early literacy, child development, and how talking, reading, singing, writing, and playing with your child help develop key skills!

Even more resources about early literacy:

The Center for Early Literacy Learning
Books Build Connections Toolkit from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Monday, May 18, 2015

Science Databases for kids @ WFL

The school year may be almost over, but many are still working on the final projects of the year!  For all of your science research needs, the Wellesley Free Library has many great science databases for kids of all ages, accessible for free through our website!  Rather than google-ing, search these databases for a reputable source!


ScienceFlix provides students with over 4,000 videos, articles, interactive media and more on the earth, space, life and physical sciences, health and the human body and technology and engineering. Teachers can support learning with projects and experiments, quizzes and discussion starters, weblinks and interactive timelines. 

Two look-it-up databases about animals and earth and space for children in grades 1-3. Learn about your favorite animal and watch a video of it.  Play games like Habitat Hunt and Predator and Prey.  Explore the earth and weather.

 PowerKnowledge Life Science   
 PowerKnowledge Earth Space Science
 PowerKnowledge  Physical Science
For grades 3–8, PowerKnowledge Science Suite offers online research, report, and homework help in three areas of science: life science, earth and space science and physical science. Comprised of curriculum-correlated content, PowerKnowledge Science Suite promotes digital literacy and 21st century learning skills with database articles and interactive content.

Science in Context
Provides topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations, as well as articles from over 200 magazines and academic journals and links to quality web sites.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

YALSA's 2015 Teens Top Ten Nominees!

The nominees for this year's list are in!  Find most of these teen favorites in the Youth Room or Young Adult section at the Wellesley Free Library, then vote starting on August 15th.  Find more book recommendations at http://www.wellesleyfreelibrary.org/teenswelcome/teensbooklists.html

1. Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid14. The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen
 2. Don't Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout15. My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak 
 3. Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne16. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson 
 4. Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake17. The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
 5. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare18. Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott  
 6. The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer19. I Become Shadow by Joe Shine
 7. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Delaira20. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
 8. Into the Dark: The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain21.  The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
 9. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han22. Boys Like You by Juliana Stone 
 10. Unhinged by A.G. Howard23. We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist 
 11. The Young Elites by Marie Lu24. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley 
 12. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
 13. Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson