I love simple projects that lead to huge creative fun, and One Page Books fall firmly into that category. All you need for this project is a regular sheet of paper, a pair of scissors, and your imagination. The hardest part is deciding what to fill them with—you are bound to have tons of ideas. Luckily, they are so fast to make, there’s no need to choose: you can make a whole library of books in no time! Bonus: You can even make these books by repurposing paper from the recycling bin. Have fun!
Growing up, my brother and I spent a lot of time bonding over our shared love of video games. Our parents mostly appreciated our hobby from a distance, but the times that they did join in were always tons of fun, and memories I treasure to this day. Playing video games as a family can be a great way to build stronger connections and to understand the media your children consume. It also gives you opportunities to model empathy and problem-solving skills, and learning to cope with losing in games can help kids build emotional resilience.
With that in mind, why not host a family video game night? Here are some video game suggestions to get the ball rolling:
Nintendo – King of family games
- Mario Party offers a board game-like experience, dice and all.
- Mario Kart has been a multiplayer kart-racing staple for decades.
- In Overcooked! 1 or 2, four people can run a restaurant together (and put out kitchen fires in the process).
- In Minecraft Dungeons your party can explore dungeons, slay monsters, and find loot, all set in the Minecraft world.
- LEGO has many 2 player games, including crossovers with Harry Potter, Batman, Jurassic World, and many more.
Outside the box
- In Untitled Goose Game you play as mischievous geese who solve puzzles and play pranks on unsuspecting humans.
Get your bodies moving
- Check out the Just Dance series and dance along to a selection of popular music.
And many more!
The library has video games available for a variety of different consoles, including several generations of PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo systems. Video games in our children’s collection have a green sticker on the spine to make finding them easy, but if you ever have questions about whether a video game is appropriate for your child just check the ESRB rating on the back. Visit the ESRB website for more information on what these ratings mean: https://www.esrb.org/ratings-guide/
Most importantly, remember to have fun! Playing video games together can offer a window into your child’s world, and you may even find yourself feeling like a kid again.
Arts and craft projects are one of the most popular activities available for you and your family to do while visiting the library. The Youth Services staff is always looking for inspiration for new projects from our collection, trustworthy online resources and, of course, from one another. Here’s a round-up of projects from some of your favorite Youth Services staff to keep you busy while we are moving back downtown. Happy crafting!
Fold an origami friend with Ms. Shannon!
Learn to make DIY Butterflies with Ms. Jill!
Play the Monster Drawing dice game with Ms. Reid!
Make a mask with Miss Riss!
Build a town entirely out of paper!
Bonus Challenge! Draw a picture of your favorite animal on top of your head!