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5 Reasons to Try Speakaboos this Summer

Reasons to Try Speakaboos

My two-year-old twins have fallen in love with the Speakaboos app over the past few months. We've added these stories to our regular reading routine because of the three fun ways to interact with the app:

 

 

Read to Me - stories read by a narrator

Read it Myself - child or parent can read the story

Read & Play - stories with an interactive element

Not sure if Speakaboos is for you? Here are my top five reasons to give it a try with your young reader:

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How to Prevent the Summer Slide

How to Prevent the Summer Slide

The summer slide is learning loss that happens during the summer when a child goes for an extended period without reading or engaging in learning activities. This can cause children to get behind in school and result in the loss of up to two months of reading and learning achievement. This time adds up, causing them to lose years of learning achievement with each passing summer. The summer slide accounts for two-thirds of the achievement gap in high school students.  

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Big Library Read with Oklahoma Native Lacy Williams

Big Library Read

If you’ve ever dreamed of a modern-day country romance with a Pride and Prejudice twist, this month’s Big Library Read on OverDrive is just the wild-west-head-over-heels romance you have been waiting for.

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Have you met AutoMate?

Do you frequently work on vehicles?

AutoMate may be your new auto repair BFF.

Whether you work on vehicles for fun or out of necessity – you’re going to love this library resource, and it’s accessible from your home computer or another internet-accessible device. If you are an avid user of the Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC) you will want to keep reading – AutoMate will replace ARRC beginning Aug. 1, 2018.

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The Digital Library Trifecta - For Kids!

Library Apps

Kids today are pretty tech savvy. Maybe your children have an allotted amount of screen time, maybe you give them your phone to use or maybe they have their own phone or tablet. Either way, they probably spend time on a mobile device or computer.

In July, Metro is talking about the digital library trifecta for kids – Kanopy, Hoopla and Overdrive. These three apps are indispensable for anyone who streams music and movies, listens to audiobooks or reads books from a mobile device or tablet. The best part is, the library offers these services free.

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This Post is MAJOR - Dailies

U.S. Major Dailies

Are you an avid newspaper reader? Don’t want to pay pricey newspaper subscription prices? You can now access respected U.S. newspapers online through U.S. Major Dailies - free with your library card!

Read the most recent online and print editions of The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune each day after 7am. The latest blogs and magazines, such as the New York Times Book Review and others, are also available through U.S. Major Dailies.

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Step Aside Freegal

Step aside Freegal. Hoopla is here.

After careful review and consideration, Metro Libary will discontinue the Freegal Music service. The last day of service will be July 23, 2018. Music that you have downloaded to your computer directly from the Freegal website is already yours to keep. However, music you have downloaded from the Freegal app must be exported to your computer in order for you to keep it.

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Stories Matter

I've started this blog post on Pride and LGBTQIA resources about half a dozen times. In one, I wrote about the history of the Stonewall Riots and the first Gay Pride march almost fifty years ago. In another, I wrote about a friend who was driven out of our small Catholic high school for being bisexual. But they all felt false somehow, not really quite what I was trying to accomplish.

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NYT's “Caliphate” Podcast Reading List – Part 2

“Caliphate” is officially over and I hope that Rukmini will take up new projects so that others may benefit from her incredible reporting.  As mentioned in the last episode, the fate of Huzayfah is still uncertain and causing quite a stir in Canada.  Just like “Serial”, it looks like “Caliphate” will continue to reverberate across popular imagination as a story both familiar and terrifying. I was thankful to finally hear from ISIS victims towards the end of the series, and we have some great titles in the collection that enhance those voices. Enjoy!

 

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How Kids Can Celebrate Global Beatles Day

Music was a big part of my childhood. I remember distinctly trying (and failing) to sing the words to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” at four years old. I remember evenings filled with the sounds of Jackson Browne, Elton John, Genesis, Asia, Boston, James Taylor, Carole King, and other music that makes me sound really old. I didn’t realize it until later, but the music I listened to as a kid was totally undergirded by the sound inventions of the Beatles.

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