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As we all know, weather can be unpredictable, especially in the Midwest. A hot, humid, lazy summer day can take a sudden turn for the worse with a shift in the wind, or a storm front on the horizon. While these severe storms are fascinating to observe as they move and grow, they can also be deadly, especially if they develop into a tornado. Our general area has been threatened by tornados throughout the years, most recently, this past June. The Red Cross Website , seen below, offers some information and safety tips to share with your family to help with tornado preparedness.

Here is another valuable site from the Department of Homeland Security:

Explore these kid-friendly websites with information about

many different types of severe weather:

Weather Wiz Kids

Tree House Weather Kids

Weather Watch

To understand more about a tornado, click on the picture to visit the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and try this activity:

These books are available in our library to learn more about tornadoes and storms, both fact and fiction.

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Enjoy these summer days, but be sure to keep an eye on the weather and stay safe!!

Ice Cream

At the start of July, we were 183 days into 2016, with 183 to go until the end of the year, which puts us smack dab into the middle of the year and summer! And summer is when we hear….

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I love ice cream, so when I found out that July is National Ice Cream Month, of course I have to celebrate…all month long!

If you are participating in the Summer Reading program, there are various ice cream rewards at different levels….yum!C:\Users\cford\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\OZGJ7ZFR\Soft_Ice_cream[1].jpg

Feeling adventurous?? Try making this simple ice cream in a bag at home!

These websites explain a little bit more:

http://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/edible-innovations/ice-cream3.htm

http://teachnet.com/lessonplans/science/plastic-bag-ice-cream-recipe/

Need more information or a cool story? Check these out from the library…

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Remember to celebrate all month long and stay cool….

Check back soon for more “scoop” from the library!

It’s Spring! Part Three: Use Your Journal To Record Animals

We’re back! Now that we’re comfortable using our Nature Journals to record plants, we can also use them for animals.

NOTE: NEVER APPROACH A WILD ANIMAL, ESPECIALLY IF IT MIGHT BE SICK. NEVER TOUCH AN UNFAMILIAR PLANT WITHOUT AN ADULT’S PERMISSION.

For example, look at this picture:

Baby birds

(Image credit: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/–YtsXfmyMmI/VW8jdk2lIPI/AAAAAAAACXY/vJeMn8riHvQ/s1600/BabyBirds.png)

What do you notice? Do you know what kind of birds those are? If not, how could you find out?

What is the Mama bird doing? Where does the nest seem to be located? What is it made of?

If this were a real birds’ nest, you could try to observe it over a period of time. That way, you could see how the baby birds grow and change.

On the subject of baby birds, here is some important information about what to do if you find a baby bird that has fallen out of its nest:

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/05/24/when-rescuing-a-baby-bird-is-not-the-compassionate-thing-to-do.aspx

Tune in next time to learn how you can fill your Nature Journal with observations without ever leaving the backyard!

It’s Spring! Part Two: Use Your Journal for Plants

Hi Everyone,

Now that we’ve got our Nature Journals, it’s time to fill them up!

You can fill your Nature Journal with things you see on nature walks, or even in your own backyard!

The important thing is to look carefully at the animals and plants you see, and make observations about them.

NOTE: NEVER APPROACH A WILD ANIMAL, ESPECIALLY IF IT MIGHT BE SICK. NEVER TOUCH AN UNFAMILIAR PLANT WITHOUT AN ADULT’S PERMISSION.

You can also check out a nature guide, like this one:

Let's Find It! cover art

(Let’s Find It! My First Nature Guide, by Katya Arnold. E ARN)

For example, look at this picture:

Ruscus aculeatus plant

(Photo credit to: http://www.naturescene.co.uk/flowers/plants/Ruscus%20aculeatus.html)

What do you notice about the plants? Do you see how the grass is long and green? What about the other plants? Why would there still be dead leaves there? Imagine you are standing on the path. What would you smell? What sounds do you hear?

Now focus on one kind of plant. What do the leaves look like? How about the stems? Does it have flowers? What color are they? What do they smell like? You can write down descriptions, draw pictures, or come up with your own way of recording things. Try it in your own backyard, or the next time you go on a nature walk!

Tune in next time for our tips on how to record animals in your Nature Journal, and please come visit the library soon! We would love to have you show us your favorite pages.

It’s Spring! Part One: Nature Journals!

Hello everyone! Welcome back! Now that spring is here, and the world is again bursting with new life, it’s a perfect time to start a nature journal.

A nature journal can be anything from a few sheets of paper paper-clipped together to a spiral-bound notebook or even a homemade book with fancy paper! Basically, just make it whatever you want it to be. ☺

The important thing is for the journal to have a couple of key features.

First, there needs to be blank space on the pages for sketches, dried flowers, or other found items, if you will be including them. (More on that in the next post!)

Secondly, there should also be space to write down your thoughts and observations about the things you see, hear, taste, and smell. (More on that later, too!)

Thirdly, and most importantly, it should be easy to carry around with you. Nature walks are not going to be much fun if you’re always lugging around a giant binder!

You also need a pen or pencil to go with your journal, of course. If you want to sketch, we recommend both.

Check back soon for our great list of fun activities to do with your nature journal, and make sure to come visit us at the library!

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