Media Literacy Week, Oct 25-30

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Today marks the start of Media Literacy Week, and there is no better time than now to brush up on your own media literacy as well as that of your child. With new advancements in technology made every day, the media we consume is changing constantly. We don’t have to wait for the morning edition of our local newspaper to read what is happening in the world; we can read about it as it’s happening on blog posts, tweets, and text messages. We can share our hot takes with friends and strangers alike on Instagram and TikTok. We can watch a livestream of major events as they happen rather than wait for the evening news. And with all of these different sources for gathering information, it’s important for children to be able to recognize these differences in the sources and how reliable their information is. Below are some helpful resources to help you and your child brush up on your media literacy skills.

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Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day: Orange Shirt Society, Webstad, Phyllis, Sorley, Joan:  9781989122433: Books - Amazon.ca
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September 30th is Orange Shirt Day. This is the day we honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada, and learn more about the history of those schools.

The “orange shirt” in Orange Shirt Day refers to the new shirt that Phyllis Webstad was given to her by her grandmother for her first day of school at St. Joseph’s Mission residential school in British Columbia. When Phyllis got to school, they took away her clothes, including her new shirt. It was never returned.

To Phyllis, the colour orange has always reminded her of her experiences at residential school and, as she has said, “how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared and I felt like I was worth nothing. All of us little children were crying and no one cared.”

Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity to learn about and honour the healing journey of survivors of residential schools and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation. 

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Science Literacy Week

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It’s Science Literacy Week! But what is science literacy, you ask? Literacy is reading, writing, and comprehension, so science literacy is the same concept: reading, writing, and understanding science! Here at Kitchener Public Library, we try to include a little science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) in most of our children’s programs, and this week is no exception. We want to encourage STEM-minded children to go into the fields that interest them. They may someday change the course of history for the betterment of humanity!

This week, all of our children’s programs will specifically touch on science and science literacy, from Babytime right up to Tween Scene. We hope that this inspires even the least scientific among us to see the importance of science in our daily lives and more importantly, help children understand the science around them. Below is a list of science and STEM-related books, both fiction and non-fiction, for you to share with your children.

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Crazy for Comics

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Oh the wonderful world of comic books! I still remember as a child visiting my grandparents and they’d give me a few dollars to walk to the corner store to buy a treat. Inevitably, the lure of those Archie double digests comic books would be too great, and that’s what I would come home with instead of tangy Sweet Tarts or Bazooka bubble gum.

Fast forward a few decades, and comic books are just as popular and relevant now as they ever were. So much so that every year on September 25th, National Comic Book Day is celebrated, thereby honoring the art, artists and stories of comic books. Continue reading for more cool comic book content.

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Revel in Roald Dahl Day!

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Hello everyone! I hope you are doing well and enjoying your summer! September is just around the corner. I think September is a great month. The weather is still warm, and there is a sense of new beginnings. Even though it is many years since I was in school, I still feel a sense of anticipation when September arrives.

A special day which occurs in September is Roald Dahl Day! It is held every September 13, which is Roald’s birthday. I loved reading his books, and my favourite is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Here are some ideas to mark the occasion of this beloved author’s birthday.

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International Literacy Day: For the Love of Reading!

September 8 is International Literacy Day – a day that so important for those of us who work in public libraries. The modern library is full of technology, toys, activities and BOOKS! Reading is one of the most important skills that children need to learn and the best part is that reading can also be really FUN!! Reading starts young and it’s never too early to introduce kids to books. The library is full of books for all ages and interests. No matter what you like and what type of reader you are…we have something for everyone. Not sure what to read next? Stop by any one of our five locations and we’ll be happy to help you choose your next read. Here are some of my recommendations for kids of all ages. To see details in the library catalogue, simply click on the titles.

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Post-Beach Activities

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A day at the beach is a wonderful way to spend time with your family, enjoying the bounties of nature whether you’re splashing in the lake or combing the beach for interesting shells and rocks. If you have a little beachcomber in your life who just absolutely cannot part with the 13 shells and 27 rocks they found at the beach, here are a couple of ideas of what you can do with those beach treasures at home.

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Get Ready for Kindergarten!

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September is rapidly approaching, and for many that signifies the start of another school year. For some however, it is a momentous month as it is the beginning of their school education journey; a new experience that while new and exciting and fun can also be nerve-racking and challenging for child and parent/caregiver alike.

From first day jitters to separation anxiety, making new friends and learning new things, the beginning of school is a big deal! We’ve got a few tips, activities and books to help you navigate this milestone.

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International Youth Day

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August 12th is International Youth Day. International Youth Day is celebrated annually to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community, and to celebrate the potential of youth as active partners in the global society. It was first celebrated on August 12, 2000, and since then the day has been used to educate society, mobilize youth in politics, and manage resources to address global problems.

The theme of International Youth Day 2021 is “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health”, with the aim of highlighting that the success of such a global effort will not be achieved without the meaningful participation of young people.

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Olympics At Home

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Much of the world is getting excited about the Tokyo Summer Olympics, delayed from last year and meant start this month on July 23. It’s an exciting time for the world’s best athletes to compete on a global level, and it’s an inspirational time for our own young athletes at home.  Here are some Olympic-sized activities to try out with your kiddos at home. 

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