What better time to highlight the Learning Express Library than just as school is about to begin. This resource from the State Library of Kansas has something for all ages. Click on the link to see the list of featured resources. This program keeps track of what you have completed, gives you short quizzes after each lesson. From Elementary Math Skills to MCAT Preparation Tests to an Adult Learning Center and Spanish Language Resources,
The Nemaha County Fair opens Friday July 24. We came across this explanation of ribbons we thought everyone should see:
The following is taken from an article entitled The Ribbon, by Judy Johnson, Yankton County, South Dakota Extension Home Economist.
As familiar as we are with 4-H, there are many people who believe judging starts at the purple ribbon level and goes down. NOT TRUE! Judging begins at the red ribbon level.
A RED RIBBON means that the project has met all the minimum standards for its class. The exhibit shows that an honest effort has been put forth, and while there are visible signs of needed improvement, the skill level of the 4-Her is going up.
A BLUE RIBBON means that the project has exceeded the minimum standard for its class. The exhibit has small flaws where improvements can be made.
A PURPLE RIBBON means that the exhibit is outstanding on all of the standards set up for the project. There are usually no flaws and if there are one or two small ones, only the trained eye of a judge would see them.
Lastly comes the WHITE RIBBON. In all 4-H competition, it is probably the most misunderstood ribbon placing. A white ribbon means that, for one reason or another, the exhibit did not meet all of the minimum standards. What it DOES NOT MEAN is that the exhibit isn’t worthwhile! In fact the white ribbon best emphasizes the meaning of 4-H; that the youngster has attempted a learned skill and demonstrated that skill in a public event. The public eye is one of the toughest tests that any 4-H’er can put his/her skills and knowledge up against. When 4-H’ers see a white ribbon, the first question they should be asking themselves is, “What have I learned, and how can I make it better?”
Aside from any placement of ribbons, what is most important is that the child was participating in an activity that will build his/her character in learning life skills that will be of benefit to them for life. People remember the child, not the ribbon color.
The 6 most popular languages people are learning in Mango Languages are Spanish (Latin America), French, English, Japanese, Russian and Pirate (for those traveling to the Caribbean?). But you are not limited to those six, there are 70 languages overall to choose from. Mango makes it easy, once you open an account, by tracking your activities and progress.
If you want to learn a few phrases before traveling out of the country give Mango a try. If you are visiting from another country, Mango can help improve your English. You decide how much time to devote to it, you decide when to hold your ‘classes’. Give it a try for free through the State Library of Kansas! Click on the link below
Summer is a great time to begin the race down the track! We add new board books, easy readers and picture books to our catalog over the summer. Any and everyone can read to your preschooler and all you have to do is make a tally mark on the bright green paper. Once there are 100 tallies, bring the paper in to the Library to move the car down the track and your child picks a prize. You can read 1,000 different books or one books 1,000 times. Remember, those tally marks are verification, so don’t forget to bring in some proof of how many books you’ve read! Get everyone involved! Sign up today, it will go a lot faster than you think!
How long does it take to read 1,000 books? Well, someone, somewhere figured it out for us: 1 book per day for 3 years = 1,000 books; 10 books per week for 2 years = 1,040 books; 3 books per day for 1 year = 1,095 books. So, not long at all!
Friday July 31 is the last day to turn in your Summer Reading logs and receive a ticket to our Ice Cream Party. Children need to read a minimum of 20 books or 8 hours to be awarded an official certificate. You can bring the reading logs in any time once your children have reached their goal. Summer days get so busy and the end of July is here before we are ready for it, we don’t want anyone to miss out on their rewards! See you soon!
Spring has sprung and so has the chance for severe weather. As a reminder our policy for severe weather is that if the tornado sirens sound we will lock the doors and patrons will be escorted to the basement for shelter. If a patron chooses he/she may leave the building before the doors are locked. Parents please talk with your children about tornado warnings and our policy before sending them to the library. Â If you have any questions about our weather policy please visit with the librarian.