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Jason Reynolds' Grab the Mic:Tell Your Story

Write.Right.Rite - New Video Series to Jump Start Your Creativity

Have you always wanted to write? If so, check out Jason Reynolds' Grab the Mic:Tell Your Story activities to jump start your creativity.

Look both ways: a tale told in ten blocks

Spotlight on Jason Reynolds

Are you interested in learning how to write? If so, you might be interested in the Grab the Mic initiative presented by Jason Reynolds at the Library of Congress. In this series, Jason Reynolds will talk to young people directly and present various activities to help build your creativity.

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Stay At Home Family Book Club Picks

Great Books for the Whole Family to Read & Discuss During Self-Quarantine

Being cooped up at home with your family 24/7 can be stressful, no matter how much you love them. Everyone needs entertainment and intellectual stimulation, and a bit of quiet time to themselves. During this self-quarantine period, it can be hard to find enough of the first two, and any of the third. So I’ve put together this list of 10 excellent middle grade books that the entire family can read and discuss. If you're seeking something that is educational, quiet, and promotes family bonding, then look no further! All the books on this list had to meet four simple criteria:

Poems of Rumi

Poetry with Soul (eBooks & Audiobooks)

It's National Poetry Month!! So, I decided to gather a list of poetry-inspired books in celebration of one of my favorite genres! Poetry has the ability to transcend reality, evoke thoughts pertaining to age-old questions, and to provide a sense of comfort. As we all know, the world is presently responding to the harsh realities of COVID-19,  leaving communities quarantined. As we redefine our daily routines, here's a list of poetry-inspired books to assist with reflection, dreaming, grounding, etc.

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Middle School is Tough

Books to Get Through It

Middle School can be brutal. Navigating bullies, teachers and making friends can be a dangerous endeavor. Luckily, there are lots of books with humor and class about surviving this difficult period in life. Lions & Liars by Kate Beasley

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Shake it up! : Stay Home & STAR

Sing, Talk & Read with Young Children

Items Needed: Acorns, pebbles, or marbles (warning: choking hazard) Tupperware container with well-fitting lid Washable Paint Pieces of blank scratch paper What to do:

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Hand Washing Song Break: Stay Home and STAR

Sing, Talk & Read with Young Children

If you enjoy story time, you may already have some favorite fingerplay songs to help your child sing and develop their fine motor skills together. More than ever, thorough hand washing is important for everyone in the family. Build hand washing into your routine and keep even your young children washing for the whole recommended 20 seconds by singing these fingerplay songs together while washing hands. You'll continue to encourage good hygiene habits, boost their vocabulary and enjoy a story time activity at home.

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Sticky Wall: Stay Home & STAR

Sing, Talk & Read with Young Children

Items Needed: Contact paper or tape (packing tape is best) Masking or scotch tape Lightweight items to stick on (Yarn, cotton balls, tissue paper, plastic buttons, aluminum foil) Optional: a permanent marker for an adult to draw shapes on tape What to do:

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Washing Station: Stay Home and STAR

Sing, Talk & Read with Young Children

Items Needed: A non-breakable baking dish or large tupperware container Water Dish Soap Sponges, toothbrushes, or wash rags  Plastic toys   What to do: Make sure you do this on a surface that can get wet, or put down a towel underneath your container