Enjoying Nature Is Good For Your Health

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Massachusetts General Hospital has just teamed up with the Appalachian Mountain Club in Boston to prescribe nature as a way to improve wellness. In Washington D.C., the new Park Rx initiative is designed to help people access nature.

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Akron-Summit County Public Library has a NatureConnect initiative to connect library users with the natural world. At Tallmadge Branch Library you can visit our reptilian staff member, Scooter, and observe her moving and growing in her beautiful aquarium located in our children’s area. Located near our entry in a sensory garden where you can use all of your senses to experience the beautiful, fragrant, tasty plants in the garden containers. The containers near the bird-feeding area are filled with plants that are particularly attractive to pollinators. Check these out and watch for colorful butterflies, bees and other insects and even a hummingbird or two.

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Enjoying nature in your own backyard – or the library’s yard – is good for your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

 

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This Week at the Library

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Monday, July 28 at 2:00 pm
Computer Training – Mouse Skills for Beginners
15 tickets will be distributed outside of the classroom 30 minutes prior to class start.

Tuesday, July 29 at 10:30 am
Computer Training – Introduction to Computers
15 tickets will be distributed outside of the classroom 30 minutes prior to class start.

Tuesday, July 29 at 2:00 pm
Teen Tuesdays
Teen Book Swap. Bring your old books to swap for something new to you! For grades 5 – 12

Wednesday, July 30 at 2:00 pm
Computer Training – Windows for Beginners
15 tickets will be distributed outside of the classroom 30 minutes prior to class start.

Thursday, July 31 at 10:30 am
Computer Training – File Management
15 tickets will be distributed outside of the classroom 30 minutes prior to class start.

Thursday, July 31 at 2:00 pm
Fabulous Family Fun – Entertainment for all ages
Weathervane Theatre presents Superhero Future

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Staff Picks

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Flora and the Flamingo ~ Molly Idle
In this wordless book, a friendship develops between a girl named Flora and a graceful flamingo, as they learn to dance together.

Have a Little Faith: a True Story ~ Mitch Albom
When an eighty-two-year-old rabbi from Albom’s old hometown asks him to deliver his eulogy, Albom goes back to his nonfiction roots and becomes involved with a Detroit pastor–a reformed drug dealer and convict–who preaches to the poor and homeless in a decaying church with a hole in its roof. A timely, moving, and inspiring look at faith: not just who believes, but why.

The Selection ~ Kiera Cass
The opportunity to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and pricelss jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce cmpetition for a crown she doesn’t want. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she begins to realize that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

A Home for Mr. Emerson ~ Barbara Kerley
Before Ralph Waldo Emerson was a great writer, he was a city boy who longed for the broad, open fields and deep, still woods of the country, and then a young man who treasured books, ideas, and people. When he grew up and set out in the world, he wondered, could he build a life around these things he loved? This biography illustrates the rewards of a life well-lived, one built around personal passions: creativity and community, nature and friendship.

Fallout ~ Todd Strasser
When an unthinkable nuclear attack occurs in an alternate-reality 1962, Scott is forced into his father’s bomb shelter with his family and neighbors, where they rapidly consume limited supplies and fear the worst about the fate of the world outside.

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We Love the Zoo

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Summer is the perfect time to visit the zoo. But before you go, make sure to check out some of our favorite zoo adventures.

1 Zany Zoo ~ Lori Degman
When one fearless fox grabs the zookeeper’s keys and opens all the cages, increasing numbers of animals behave in most unusual ways.

ABC Zooborns ~ Andrew Bleiman
It’s time to scamper through the alphabet with a herd of irresistible zoo 2ef8ac82df67574ccc34d114b68bd820babies!

An A-maze-ing Zoo Adventure ~ Jill Katz
Discover eleven truly amazing adventures through fun and lively illustrated finger mazes. Mapping and direction skills are reinforced with the inclusion of a compass rose, key, and instructions for things to look for on each adventure.

Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo ~ E.S. Redmond
Why are the hyenas crying boo-hoo? And what gave the rhino a sickly green hue? It starts when Felicity Floo wipes her red, runny nose and transfers the goo . . . a cautionary tale about the virtues of clean hands and tissues.

Stop Snoring, Bernard! ~ Zachariah O’Hora
Because his loud snores disturb all the other animals at the zoo, Bernard the otter tries to find a solution.

Xander’s Panda Party ~ Linda Sue Park
Xander Panda’s plan to host a panda party falls through, since he is the only panda at the zoo, but when he extends the invitation to all of the bears, complications ensue.

Information and zoo activities can be found online at:
kids.sandiegozoo.org
nationalzoo.si.edu/Audience/Kids/

And, did you know that our hometown library has over 700 animals representing over 90 different species? To find out more about each animal, go to their website at www.akronzoo.org.

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Mind, Body & Sole

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Have you been reading this summer?

Children who read for 26 days can come in and choose a book from our prize book cart.

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This Week at the Library

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Monday, July 21 at 6:30 pm
Adult Craft Program
Early Fall Tussie Mussie for the Door Decor
This program is full

Tuesday, July 22 at 10:00 am
Bouncing Baby Rhyme Time
For babies up to age 24 months with a caregiver

Tuesday, July 22 at 11:00 am
Preschool Science and Nature Tales
For 2 – 6 year olds and their families
Dinosaurs will be our theme this week!

Tuesday, July 22 at 2:00 pm
Teen Tuesdays
Nature Drawing for Teens
For grades 5 – 12

Wednesday, July 23 at 1:00 pm
Cool Off with Summertime Movies
For all ages

Thursday, July 24 at 2:00 pm
Fabulous Family Fun
Entertainment for all ages
Outback Ray Live Animal Show

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Super Scientist Summer Reads

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Summer is the perfect time to read about your favorite science topic.

All of these books were published in 2013 and received rave reviews from science teachers and children alike.

          

A Dragonfly’s Life by Ellen Lawrence
Written in diary form, this book introduces the life cycle of dragonflies, describing their physical characteristics, reproduction, behavior, and hunting ability.

Here Come the Humpbacks! by April Pulley Sayre
A mother humpback whale and her calf participate in the great migration and face dangers along the way that reveal to young children some of the hazards confronting our environment and the animals that depend upon it.

The Animal Book: a Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest – and Most Surprising – Animals on Earth by Steven Jenkins
Shares facts on over three hundred animals and offers a brief overview of the history of life on Earth. Dance with a blue-footed booby, or stare down an eyelash viper. But mind your step– in the animal world, the name of the game is survival.

Beyond the Solar System: Exploring Galaxies, Black Holes, Alien Planets, and More: a History with 21 Activities by Mary Kay Carson
Children will follow along as the realization that the Earth is not at the center of the universe leads all the way up to recent telescopic proof of planets orbiting stars outside the solar system.

A Place for Turtles by Melissa Stewart
Describing various examples, the author provides an intriguing look at turtles, at the ecosystems that support their survival, and at the efforts of some people to save them.

What If You Had Animal Teeth? by Sandra Markle
What if an animal’s teeth grew into the space where you lost your two front teeth?

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This Week at the Library

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Monday, July 14 at 6:30 pm
Book Discussion
Metropolis Case by Matthew Gallaway

Tuesday, July 15 at 10:00 am
Bouncing Baby Rhyme Time
For babies up to age 24  months with a caregiver

Tuesday, July 15 at 11:00 am
Preschool Science and Nature Tales
For 2 – 6 year olds and their families
Creepy Crawlies will be our theme this week!

Tuesday, July 15 at 2:00 pm
Teen Tuesdays
We will be showing a movie for grades 5 – 12

Thursday, July 17 at 2:00 pm
Fabulous Family Fun
Entertainment for all ages
The Bubble Lady

Thursday, July 17 at 6:30 pm
Tallmadge History Program: Territory Losses

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Staff Picks

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Leonardo Da Vinci 1452-1519: The Complete Paintings and Drawings ~ Frank Zollner
One of the most fully achieved human beings who has ever lived, Leonardo remains the quintessential Renaissance genius. Creator of the world’s most famous painting, scientist, philosopher, builder, he is credited with defining the accomplishments of the great flowering in human consciousness.

A Basketful of Broken Dishes ~ Naomi Mullet Stutzman
This true story demonstrates God’s faithfulness to an Amish couple. Simon’s refusal to submit to the Amish rules stresses his marriage. The bishops demand that Susan, his wife, must obey the rules she promised to keep and to shun her rebel husband. Who was she to obey, God or man? Together they become a perfect team to set their family free from the bondage of “religion.” The story is told by their daughter, Naomi, born to them after they leave this close-knit community.

Calendarbears: A Book of Months ~ Kathleen Hague
Each month of the year a different bear takes part in an activity that is seasonally appropriate.

Nantucket Red ~ Leila Howard
Cricket’s lifetime of overachieving has paid off: she’s headed to Brown University in the fall, with a spot on the lacrosse team and a scholarship that covers almost everything… When Cricket is offered the chance to earn enough cash to afford a real college experience, she heads back to Nantucket for the summer. But it’s hard to focus on earning money for next year, when a friendship blossoms with Ben, the gorgeous surfer and bartender who encourages Cricket to be free, even as she smarts at the pain of seeing Zack, her first love, falling for her worst enemy.

Waiting for Winter ~ Sebastian Meschenmoser
Deer has told Squirrel how wonderful snow is. But Squirrel gets bored with the wait. With his friend Hedgehog they pass the time by singing and waking Bear. Soon things are falling from the sky, but they aren’t snow. But eventually they find what snow is.

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Books for Babies

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Is there a new baby in your life?  The first months of a baby’s life are a time to set the stage for a lifetime of learning.  The Akron-Summit County Public Library can help.  We have free story times, books, and music that is just right for sharing with your baby.  Our books for babies packets contain a free gift for your baby and lots of information on raising a reader.

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