A childhood dreamland

The staircase exhibition in Central Library for April is Idyllic Garden in Mind: Childhood Dreamland which uses illustrations from Kate Greenaway’s children’s books. The exhibition was created by Lin Fan, an Art History master’s degree student at the University of Edinburgh.

Fan has selected some beautiful Kate Greenaway books as well as some lovely winners of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal from the Library’s collections. Last month, she also held a Garden Book Family Craft Workshop inspired by Kate Greenway’s illustrations and some of the books created by the children will be on display too.

Browse the ‘childhood dreamland’ in the Central Library staircase and foyer display areas from 3 – 28 April 2017.

 

The Magic of Mathletics

Want to help your children or grandchildren improve their maths? Why not mathleticsget them signed up to use Mathletics through Edinburgh Libraries. Mathletics is a fantastic website that teaches children maths in a fun and addictive way. You sign them up at their Scottish school level so you know they will be learning exactly what they need for school. They can work towards “medals” and can compete against each other in online maths games.

mathletics-love-learning-featured-image-400pxThere are almost 5 million children of primary and secondary age using Mathletics around the world including many who use it in their schools. A study at the University of Oxford recently found that pupils regularly using Mathletics outperformed non-users in Primary 6 Standard Attainment Tests in terms of attainment and progress.

Many parents pay a subscription for their children to use Mathletics, but you just need to sign up through Edinburgh Libraries to use it for free.

Get Them Learning Online!

Recent research by the National Literacy Trust into technology and reading suggests that alongside books technology can play an important role for children in supporting early communication, language and literacy.

Edinburgh Libraries has got a brilliant range of online resources for children and teens to help them do just that! They are all available to use from home or the library. So get them started on –

  • OverDrive Kids & Teens – an ebook and audiobook site just for kids, filled with a fantastic array of titles and authors. Favourites include ebooks by Roald Dahl and the Harry Potter audiobooks read by Stephen Fry. As well as using a website version of OverDrive you can also use a range of easy-to-use apps.
  • GridClub – set them loose on this huge website with over 500 fun educational activities. Covering activities for children aged 5-12 years you’ll find lots of material on English, but also maths, science, history, languages, geography, health, art, music and more.
  • Spellzone – provides a full online course to improve your grammar and spelling and is suitable for ages 10 and above. Spellzone can also support pupils who are dyslexic or for whom English isn’t their first language.

If they need some support with maths as well get the best online help from –

  •  Mathletics – access the world’s most used mathematics website covering all aspects of maths with 1000 different learning activities for students aged 5 up to adults. Register your child at their Scottish school level so they are getting work at exactly the right level for them. As well as a huge variety of fun but educational maths activities, learners can also compete against others from all over the world in live maths games of speed and skills.

Gaelic songs and rhymes for under fives

Rannagan na chloinne: Seinn comhla rinn!

Sing with us at our Gaelic song and rhyme times for under fives at Blackhall and Leith Libraries.

The sessions take place at the following dates and times:

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Thursday 28th April, 10.30 – 11.00 am: Leith Library

Saturday 30th April, 11.00 – 11.30 am: Leith Library

Thursday 12th May, 10.30 – 11.00 am: Blackhall Library

Saturday 14th May, 11.00 – 11.30 am: Leith Library

Saturday 21st May, 11.00 – 11.30 am: Leith Library

Thursday 26th May, 10.30 – 11.00 am: Leith Library

Saturday 4th June, 11.00 – 11.30 am: Leith Library

Thursday 9th June, 10.30 – 11.00 am: Blackhall Library

Saturday 11th June, 11.00 – 11.30 am: Leith Library

Thursday 23rd June, 10.30 – 11.00 am: Leith Library

Saturday 25th June, 11.00 – 11.30 am: Leith Library

Thursday 7th july, 10.30 – 11.00 am: Blackhall Library

 

Teddy Bears Sleepover

Last week nearly 30 children from across the city brought their soft toysIMG_8287 (not the favourite ones!) to the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

IMG_8321They enjoyed stories and songs in the cosy Imagination Lab after that the toys were tucked in for a sleepover.

As their carers were away for the night, the soft toys decided to stay up late and explore the book festival venue.

IMG_8306What did they get up to during the night? Look through the full range of pictures on Flickr to find out!

Chatterbooks: helping younger readers with dyslexia

‘I like getting to pick books and showing off my acting skills! I like playing ’just a minute’ Hannah, Chatterbooks member

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Our very popular Chatterbooks Group for  P4-7 children with dyslexia meets once a month in the Central Children’s Library.

We have lots of fun with stories and words. There is always time for reading together in small groups, playing some crazy games and exploring stories together. Usually we make A LOT of noise!

Email wendy.pearson@edinburgh.gov.uk or call 0131 242 8022 if you or someone you know would like to join us. We start up again on Tuesday 26th August, 6.00 – 7.30pm

‘I really enjoy helping with chatterbooks, it’s such a happy environment! It’s incredibly rewarding to work towards engaging the group in reading. It’s amazing to see the transition in going from struggling and disliking reading, to becoming involved and choosing books to take away and read in their free time!’ Ali, volunteer.

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‘I love chatterbooks! It’s great because I get to play and meet others who need extra time to read, like me. I like the books and hearing the stories too’. Charlotte, Chatterbooks group member.

Summer ebooks for younger readers!

Adults aren’t the only readers getting unrestricted access to particular ebook titles this summer. The following two titles are available for younger readers to download – free – until 9th July.

Why not suggest your children host their own book group to chat about the book they’ve read?

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For teens: Fat Boy Chronicles by Diane Lang.  A thought-provoking novel based on a true story which brings to life the pain and isolation felt by many overweight teenagers as they try to find their way in a world obsessed with outward beauty.

51-bvF5OkYL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The children’s title is Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky by Sandra Dallas which details a dark period in American history when Japanese Americans were interned after the bombing of Pearl Harbour.

Both titles are available from the OverDrive Kids & Teen site