Items tagged with Kids

Understanding ADHD

November 14, 2016
Robert Tudisco

Disability activist, attorney and motivational speaker Robert Tudisco discussed why kids with ADHD do what they do, where common myths come from and his views on medications and other interventions on November 14, 2016 at the Westport Library.

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Effective Parenting: Fundamentals, Tips and Strategies

February 10, 2017
Susan Bauerfeld, PhD

Susan Bauerfeld, PhD, clinical psychologist and parent coach presented an overview of the parenting approach developed by Haim Ginott that inspired the classic parenting book, How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk on February 10, 2017 at the Westport Library. 

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Blending Families

October 25, 2016
Blending Families

Licensed marriage and family therapist Trevor Crow Mullineaux speaks about her book Blending Families: Merging Households with Kids 8–18 and addresses year-round strategies as well as specific tips for holidays on October 25, 2016 at the Westport Library.

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The Utopia Project Fair 2018

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Students from Coleytown and Bedford Middle School present their creative Utopia projects at the Westport Library.

The Utopia Projects asks the question: Can an ideal human society be designed? Students spent two months designing a unique and efficient ideal society and then select a geographic location (on Earth or on the Moon), begin researching the natural resources of their selected location, and consider how to design a society that would sustain a population of 5,000 diverse individuals.

They were provided a list of detailed challenges to address, such as: natural resources, architecture, food and agriculture, education, transportation, economy, government structure, and even waste management. The challenge is to not only develop this ideal community, but to also create a three-dimensional model that will explain one detailed part of this utopia. 

The Great Hall
Maker Movement
All ages

Creating a Language-Rich Environment for Your Child

May 14, 2016
Lisa Fay
Early childhood and parent educator Lisa Fay presented ways to support language development at home to promote vocabulary and grammar, as well as cognition, curiosity, tenacity, math skills and compassion on May 14, 2016. 
Photo credit Jennifer A. Whelen

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Caring for Kids: Doctors Talk—Infant Sleep

March 21, 2015
Dr. Nikki Gorman

Dr. Nikki Gorman, co-founder of Village Pediatrics, explained how to sleep train infants and children on March 21, 2015.

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Kids, Podcasts

Kids Learning to Conserve the Fun Way

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Come experience way-cool, hands-on museum exhibits in the Children's Library until April 2

For school age children, coutesy of

Stepping Stones Museum for Children

Smilow Family Children's Library
All ages

Adventures in Atomville

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Adventures in Atomville is a new type of “science” fiction to help make physics more accessible to children. Written by Cindy Schwarz, professor of physics at Vassar College with a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics from Yale, the adventures takes you through the world of atoms where you will eventually see that molecules are very important to the outer world. 

At her presentation for families with children in grades 3 to 6, Dr. Schwarz will demonstrate the way atoms and molecules work using color lasers to show children how atoms and molecules do their work. Registration required.

 Copies of Adventures in Atomville and also Tales from the Subatomic Zoo will be available for sale and signing.  

Registration is required. 
Learn more about Cindy Schwarz
Learn more about Adventures in Atomville

McManus Room
Parents & Caregivers
Grade3, Grade4, Grade5, Grade6

Happy Friday!

Posted by MargieF on Friday, Jun 8, 2012 - 11:42 AM

Do you have young children?  If so, you probably have heard of or been to the Please Touch Museum, a favorite Philadelphia destination for children of all ages. read more

Kids, Opera

Food Networking

Posted by CathyP on Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 12:00 PM

Everyone likes to eat and judging by the proliferation of cooking shows on television and celebrity chefs, it seems that most everyone--kids and teens included--like to cook. In these books, two very different girls, one living in 1945 and the other a contemporary twelve year old, are both experiencing war's effects  on their families. They also find solace and accomplishment in baking.

My Chocolate Year: A Novel with 12 Recipes by Charlotte Herman focuses on fifth grader Dorrie's determination to win her teacher's "sweet semester" baking and essay contest. She will even get her photo in the newspaper! Each month as she tries a new chocolate recipe in search of the perfect one, readers can, too. Dorrie is engaging as she recounts her kitchen mishaps and the historical details of Chicago life in the post-World War II period. Beneath this lighthearted account is the story of her Jewish immigrant family looking for missing relatives. When her  cousin Victor arrives from Germany we get a glimpse of the terrible struggle of the era. With tips from his family's bakery, Victor helps Dorrie in the contest and she  learns to treasure family times.

Close to Famous by Joan Bauer is set in present day West Virginia, where 6th grader Foster McGee dreams of being a Food Network chef like her hero, Sonny Kroll. But before she can make the world a better place, "one cupcake at a time," she has major challenges to face. Her father was killed in combat in  Iraq, and her mom needed to get away quickly from an abusive boyfriend.  Foster and her mom accidentally land in tiny Culpepper and soon the quirky residents open up a new world of support for Foster. As her stellar baking becomes known throughout the town, she finally has the courage to accept help from a retired actress and face her reading disability. The first book she reads is Sonny's cookbook!

Both of  these fast-paced novels center on appealing girls looking for a little fame in the culinary world and finding lots more along the way.