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Mr. Rogers and the Kindness Collection

The inimitable children's TV host Mr. Rogers said, "There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind."

This is a lesson we surely want to share with our children (and try to remember for ourselves!). One way to do this is to find, read, and talk about picture books with children that introduce the concepts of kindness and empathy.

Here's my "Kindness Collection" - a few of my favorite books for children that will help you have conversations about kindness with your kids:

I'm Taking A Trip This Summer And Need To Learn How To Communicate With The Locals. Can The Library Help Me Learn A Foreign Language?

Yes, we have a database called Mango that is great for learning or practicing a foreign language. The lessons use a combination of audio and visual cues to give a more comprehensive guide to understanding words and phrases.

Kids Are Natural Poets

For many adults, poetry is either a dead or boring format, with no relevance, resonance, or rightness to it. "I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree"? Oh, brother!

It's Tornado Season In Oklahoma. What Can I Do To Prepare In Case One Hits Our Area?

The library's Government Documents section has a weather page with several links to agencies with information on preparedness for tornadoes and other severe weather. To find these, click the Government Documents link in our Research & Learn tab, and look for the gray Weather tab.

History, Every Day & Up Close

History-with-a-capital-H can be difficult for some kids to grasp. ("Boring!"; "What does this have to do with me?"; etc.) One way to make history real (and relevant) is to prepare students with interesting background knowledge about the nitty-gritty, daily details of everyday lives of real people in history.

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