Tuesday, May 18, 2010

California Mission on Display @ Bay Shore Library

Mission San Lowell de Quince
This make believe mission was made by all the 4th graders in Miss Parker's class in Room 15 at Lowell School. As part of the California history unit, students studied the Mission Period and wrote reports about one of the actual twenty-one missions. They learned that a typical mission would have thick adobe walls, a red tile roof, a church, rounded arches, an outdoor corridor, and a bell tower or wall. Students applied this knowledge to create this make-believe mission and named it after their school and room number.

This fictionalized mission is on display at the Bay Shore Neighborhood Library. Each year, 4th graders throughout Long Beach study California history, including a unit on missions. Many students even have to build a mission on their own! The Long Beach Public Library is a resource to students looking for information on missions, as well as all other subject needs for school.

Did you know that Long Beach Public Library even has actual models of real California missions on display at several library locations?

Long Beach Public Library also has a Family Learning Center at each location where students can work on assignments and get help from our Homework Helpers!

Want books on California Missions?
Try searching the LBPL catalog!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Don't forget about Love In The Mirror!

In the picture above, children from the Jelly Bean Book Club @ Main Library pose for a picture in front of the Love In The Mirror display. The Jelly Bean Book Club kids discussed youth homelessness and helped decorate the library display. Many vowed to return with items to help the Love In The Mirror campaign to help other children in Long Beach.

May 1- May 31
All 12 Long Beach Public Library locations and Love In the Mirror are partnering in May for a month-long drive to collect personal hygiene items for homeless children in Long Beach. Stop by any LB Public Library to drop off a donation and help a child in need today.

Benefiting organizations like:
Long Beach Rescue Mission
Precious Lamb Preschool
His Nesting Place
Children Today
and more.

Check out the LBPL Facebook and Love In the Mirror website for a list of requested items and more information on this project!

To find a library near you,
please visit the LBPL website.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Coming this Sunday... Mother's Day!

Mother's Day is just around the corner and the thought of a gift can be overwhelming! Not to fear, kids can make fun and inexpensive gifts from items found around the house. Check out the featured video on how to make beautiful paper flowers using tissue paper, chenille sticks (craft pipe cleaners), and scissors.

There are many craft books that can be found @ your local library
and more craft videos can be found online @ YouTube.com.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of the historical battle of 1862 between Mexico and France. This holiday is a symbol of Mexican pride and unity and includes great festivities.

This 5th of May, join in the celebration with our selection of Cinco de Mayo crafts, history lessons, recipes, games, printables and more!

** All of these wonderful Cinco de Mayo celebration ideas were found @ Kaboose.com