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Has story time video-editing become a tedious hassle? It doesn't have to be.
Matt Mazur, co-founder and director of Turtle Dance Music, shares five free video-editing apps that can help make your virtual story times a breeze. No more hunching over a laptop to figure out complicated software; these phone-friendly apps are so easy, you can walk your dog and edit at the same time. And they’re free! Below, Matt covers the basics of each of these apps in a 6-minute video, or scroll down to read highlights.
The Toy Lending Library opened in July 2020 and is an ongoing, permanent addition to the services and programs offered by the HPL Children’s Room and HPL more generally. To date, it is already a tremendous success, providing at-home, hands-on learning educational resources for children and their families.
The STEAM Club at Home, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, art and math, offers enrichment activities for kids in grades K-5.
This month, I created "fossil bricks" by mixing a plaster and adding real fossils that I purchased online. Participants picked up the bricks and other materials in advance, and we met virtually to learn about fossils and excavate the fossils from their bricks.
The Virtual Comic Mini-Con was a family-friendly celebration of comic books, movies, graphic novels, anime, comic art and more. Our virtual event featured a variety of activities for all ages.
The event was a collaboration between Bridgeville Public Library and South Fayette Township Library. Videos are accessible through the libraries’ YouTube channels.
Here at Skokie Public Library, we aim to offer a variety of learning experiences in every program cycle. That means we’ll have storytimes, performances, clubs and hands-on creation programs during every calendar period. When we want to allow kids to really dive into a topic, however, we try to think beyond our usual one-off programs. When we want kids to really explore, develop skills and make something, we offer multi-day boot camps.
Ask most boys today if they want to play with paper dolls and you might get a scrunched-up face in response, but paper dolls haven't always been seen as such a gendered activity. In fact, paper dolls have existed since paper was invented and come from many different cultures around the world.
Every Friday for the month of January we had "Crafternoons" for school-aged kids. Each week was a different craft activity, all related to storytelling and literacy. We also incorporated physical literacy by using our fine motor skills to build our creations, and promoted gross motor skills by having the kids act out their stories.