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Project Fun! Ideas for Kids.

photographerMany school students are being asked to complete project work at home during their time off. This type of work can be a bit like a treasure hunt: figuring out clues, making connections and finding answers. It can be great fun but also a really valuable way of developing the ability to learn independently and encourage critical thinking skills. Students learn to frame questions, explore sources and analyse complex information.

Online fun for the little ones

toddlerDo you have small children at home? Are you looking for free online resources to help you to educate and amuse them? Then look no further. Your Dublin City Libraries membership gives you access to several great online resources suitable for younger children including Freegal Music, TumbleBookLibrary, BorrowBox, and World Book Early Learning. Read on to explore with Grace from Cabra Library some of what we have to offer the little ones out there amongst you.

World Book Online

logoWorld Book Online is a suite of websites from the publishers of the famous World Book encyclopediae. Early World of Learning is for Pre-school and Junior/Senior Infants. World Book Kids is suited to Primary school students. World Book Student is designed for Secondary school students.

Tips to encourage good reading habits in your child

readingChildren who are encouraged to read, are most likely to enjoy reading later in life, but also develop several skills that will help them improve their personality and build a healthier brain. The key to encouraging reading habits in kids is reading with them at home from a young age.

Toddler and Baby Wobbler fun at Ballymun Library

childrensactivitiesOctober was a busy month at Ballymun Library for children’s activities with many events organised in conjunction with Children’s Book Festival 2019 and Stemsational Saturdays’ activities for 8 to 12 year olds to name but a few.

“Join Up, Join In”, children design a library card

joinupjoininThe “Join Up, Join In” initiative aims to encourage schoolchildren in 4th class to join their local Library. The competition was launched by the Lord Mayor in Ballymun Library on October 10th.

Tumble Book

Tumble Book LogoThis week, we are going to take a look at TumbleBooks, an online resource especially designed for the little ones in your life. TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach children the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, and then adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. This resource also includes National Geographic videos and games.

City Wide Reading 2019

Cover of BumpFizzleThis spring children in Dublin are urged to keep their eyes peeled for mysterious aliens at their local library as Bumpfizzle – the Best on Planet Earth by Patricia Forde, has been chosen for the 2019 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children.

Kids Bookclub Ballymun Christmas Report

Bookclub  memberBaby, Wobbler and Toddler Book Clubs at Ballymun Library

We had a lovely session last Tuesday, 18th December with the Baby, Wobbler and Toddler book clubs. Everyone dressed up in Christmas jumpers and festive gear as we sang songs and read stories. Each of the children received a free book as well as stickers and jellies.

Who Else Writes Like This?

Who Else Writes LikeThe online resources featured in this week’s blog are ‘Who Else Writes Like…?’ and ‘Who Next…?’
Both resources are compiled by two professional librarians of long experience, drawing on contributions from other librarians.

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