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Friday, August 19, 2016

Where We Come From: Books and Activities to Help Capture Your Family History

Even if we are somewhat disconnected from or unaware of our family's heritage, our ancestors' stories continue to shape our lives and how we relate to the world around us. Learning about their ancestors can help children appreciate who they are and where they come from. A few studies have even indicated that those who know their family's history, whatever that happens to be, tend to develop a stronger sense of identity and this may even result in improved self-esteem.

Linked below are some suggestions for books and activities to help you get your kids interested in your family history:

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Children's Books About The Olympics and Sports

Celebrate the Summer Olympics in Rio by checking out some Olympics-themed books from Fresno County Public Library. Read about Olympic history, famous medalists, Summertime Olympic sports, and more!

Here are a few recommendations:

You Wouldn't Want to Be a Greek
Athlete: Races You'd Rather Not Run

by Michael Ford

by Victoria Jamieson
Babar's Celestville Games 
by Laurent de Brunhoff

Olympic Sports: Track and Field
by Clive Gifford

Hour of the Olympics 
by Mary Pope Obsorne
Going for Gold! 
by Andrew Donkin

How to Train with a T. Rex and Win 8 Gold Medals
by Michael Phelps

The Gymnastics Book: The Young Performer's
Guide to Gymnastics
by Elfi Schlegel and Claire Ross Dunn

Not quite what you're looking for? Search our catalog for more options.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Learning Resources for the Whole Family

Everyone knows you can read at the Library, but did you know that we also provide targeted resources to help local students excel in the full range of their academic studies?

Your child can visit the LearningExpress School Center to take practice tests in math, language arts, social studies, science, and logic and reasoning, and access e-books in some of these subjects--for FREE with a Fresno County Public Library card. Questions are aligned to current educational standards, and test-takers receive an instant score report and full answer explanations.

Feeling like you need to go "back to school" and brush up on some concepts to help your kids with their homework? Check out the Adult Learning Center to build your reading, writing, and math skills and gain confidence in these subject areas with free tutorials, e-books, and practice tests! 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Back to School

This Monday FCPL Children's Librarian, Nicole Settle visited Great Day to talk about some exciting back to school resources available at the Library.

We're sharing the segment here, in case you missed it: