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It’s Back to School Time!

schoolpicIf you have kids, by now they’ve probably started their school year. (Except, maybe, if your teachers are on strike, but that’s a whole other story!) I just want to take this moment to remind you that the Library is here for all of your school supplemental needs. If your child needs some extra help in a language, we have video, audio and print materials to help. If they need to do a report on a president, we have videos and books about everyone from Washington to Obama. If you want to know what you could be doing to encourage homework completion, we have books and online tutors for that. If you and your kids need a break, you need to know that the Library has movies and fiction and programs galore! Here is just a sample of what’s waiting for you and your school-age children at the library…

For You:

A Parents’ Guide to the Middle School Years by Joe Bruzzese

Making Friends: A Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Child’s Friendships by Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer

The Parent Backpack for Kindergarten through Grade 5: How to Support Your Child’s Education, End Homework Meltdowns, and Build Parent-Teacher Connections by ML Nichols

You and Your Adolescent: The Essential Guide for Ages 10-25 by Laurence Steinberg

For Your Preschooler:

3-2-1 School Is Fun!

200 Essential Preschool Activities by Julienne M. Olson

For Your Elementary School Student:

Making a Bully-Free World by Pamela Hall

My School Community by Bobbie Kalman

First Day of School by Anne Rockwell

Manners at School by Siân Smith

For Your Middle School Student:

Dealing with Bullies, Cliques, and Social Stress by Jennifer Landau

Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter

Stuck in the Middle of Middle School: A Novel in Doodles by Karen Romano Young

How Not to Choke on Tests: Achieving Academic and Testing Success by Stephanie Watson

For Your High School Student:

The Dictionary of High School B.S.: From Acne to Varsity, All the Funny, Lame, and Annoying Aspects of High School Life by Lois Beckwith

How to Become a Superstar Student [DVD] by Professor Michael Geisen

Been There, Survived That: Getting through Freshman Year of High School edited by Karen Macklin

Teens’ Guide to College & Career Planning: Your High School Roadmap for College & Career Success

For You & Your High School Senior:

Getting In Without Freaking Out: The Official College Admissions Guide for Overwhelmed Parents by Arlene Matthews

Tackling College Admissions: Sanity + Strategy = Success: Just for Parents by Cheryl Paradis and Faren R. Siminoff

Happy School Days!

-Melissa M.

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Calling all parents!

Parenting is probably one of the most wonderful and scary things anyone can experience. From deciding to have children, to making or getting them, to feeding them, to raising them, and uh, getting rid of them. It’s like a big science experiment.

Well, it doesn’t have to be entirely random, since as you probably know, there are a lot of books on the subject! And what better way to figure out which ones are useful and essential than to borrow them from the library? Talk about advice that you can take or leave! A couple of titles you might like to get you started are of course, Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care, or the upcoming Confident Baby Care: What You Need to Know for the First Year from America’s Most Trusted Nanny, by Jo Frost

Are there particular issues that you need some extra support with? Whether it’s ADD or autism or wanting to know what they’re doing on the computer all day, or learning to be a stepmother, there is probably a book or two on the topic!

Sometimes the best way to understand something is through other people’s experiences, fictional or not. Some wonderful novels that feature a parent’s perspective are Hens Dancing, by Raffaella Barker and Belong to Me, by Marisa de los Santos. And of course, no one does memoirs like Anne Lamott, whose Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year is not only hilarious, but can even help you with a colicky baby.

Really, though, isn’t the incredible and beautiful thing about parenting seeing how “in the moment” children are, enjoying and exploring life as it comes? Well, speaking of exploring and enjoying life, what’s coming this week is Summer Reading for everyone! This Sunday (June 8th) afternoon is Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Summer Reading Extravaganza, with free food, music, games, crafts, and of course, books for everyone! It will be in front of the Main Library, from 12-5pm. Starting that day, you can register for Summer Reading, where just by reading books and logging them, you can win bi-weekly prizes, like gift certificates and free books. Finish five books by August 31st, and you could be eligible for the Grand Prize! It’s fun for everyone! To register, come on down to Extravaganza on Sunday, or check back here for details!

-Kaarin

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