The award-winning National Geographic for Kids database
makes learning fun for kids with online eMagazines, eBooks, and photos. In this database you will find:
- National Geographic Kids magazines from 2009-present
- 200 National Geographic Kids books
- 500 kid-friendly, downloadable images
The content is geared toward kids ages 6-14 years and offers a wide range of subject areas including Animals, the Environment, History, Peoples and Cultures, Place, Science and Technology. Kids can browse topics or navigate using the basic search or advanced search engines. This database
is a great resource for writing reports, finding pictures for school projects, or just learning more about the world! A library card and access to the internet is all you need to start your child exploring the vast resources of this wonderful database
Interact with Muzzy and his friends while learning a new language through games and activities. The videos that Muzzy shows are a great additional resource. As the new word is stated, a picture is shown of that word. This is a benefit to anybody learning a new language. There is a choice between 8 different languages that give you the option of practicing English, learning Spanish, reviewing French, or become fluent in Chinese. All you need is a library card and access to the internet. Muzzy is a great Electronic Resource for grades K-8.
| Online collection of animated talking picture books which teach children the joy of reading in a format they'll love.
|BookFlix is an online resource that pairs video storybooks with related eBooks to build a love of reading.
Love it or hate it, homework is a fact of life. Make it as painless as possible with the library's ebooks, databases, and online tutoring. The Kids' Databases box connects you to the right help for your grade level and subject. It's always here on the Just for Kids page.
Amazing Animals of the World: Grades K-6. Everything you need to know about animals! Great for school assignments or just for fun.
America the Beautiful : Grades 3 - 8 State-by-state history and current events.
BookFlix : Grades Pre-K - 3 Build a love of reading and learning with paired fiction and nonfiction. Watch the movie, read the book!
Eyewitness Books : Grades 3 – 8 Some of your favorite DK Eyewitness Books on everything from insects to pirates to astronomy are now online!
Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia : Grades 6 - 9 Quick multimedia reference plus current events.
Junior Edition : Grades 6 - 8 One-stop homework center, with reference sources, newspapers, and magazine articles.
Kids InfoBits: Grades K - 5 Kid-friendly access to reference sources and newspaper and magazine articles for the youngest researchers.
Live Homework Help: All ages Free online tutoring, Sunday - Thursday 3pm to midnight, plus a 24/7 Skills Center.
: Parents and kids love Muzzy, the award-winning language program for grades K-8. Now you can have fun learning a new language anywhere you have an Internet connection. Watch the Muzzy story in your choice of eight languages, and learn even more with interactive games and activities.
National Geographic Kids: National Geographic Kids takes kids on amazing adventures in science, nature, and culture.
New Book of Knowledge Online: Grades 3 - 8 Reference and current events.
OverDrive: All ages. Ebooks and audio for kids.
Tumblebooks: Grades Pre-K - 5 Animated talking picture books that teach children the joy of reading in a format they'll love.
|Expand your knowledge with a good math book to celebrate Mathematics Awareness Month.|
Monday, April 21, 2014 (0 reads)
20 Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street by Mark Lee
Count the trucks getting stuck in a traffic jam in this rhythmic read-aloud sure to draw in kids who love everything on wheels.
The Monster Who Did my Math by Danny Schnitzlein
When a monster offers to help a boy who is afraid of numbers by doing his math homework, the boy eagerly signs a contract and agrees to pay later, but the first time he is asked to solve a problem in class and cannot, he realizes he has gotten no bargain.
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1, 2, 3 to the Zoo by Eric Carle
Each car on the train has one more zoo animal than the one before, from the first car with an elephant to the last with ten birds.
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1 Cookie, 2 Chairs, 3 Pears: Numbers everywhere by Jane Brocket
Five toes, twelve cupcakes, nineteen puzzle pieces – numbers are all around us. How many numbers can you count in the pages of this book?
Bones and the Math Test Mystery by David Adler
Detective Jeffrey Bones hates taking math tests, especially one he has forgotten to study for, so when his test paper goes missing he must make a choice – retake the test and try to do better, or find the missing paper.
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Plus 2 Minus 2 by Ann H. Matzke
This math concept book engages young readers through simple text and photos as they learn how groups change when you add 2 or take away 2.
The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. by Greg Pincus
Gregory Korenstein-Jasperton is an eleven-year-old boy, who likes to write stories and poems and is not excited by math, but he has a problem – he is the middle child in a family of math geniuses and his father expects him to participate in the City Math contest.
The Clueless Girl’s Guide to Being a Genius by Janice Repka
When Aphrodite Wigglesmith, a thirteen-year-old, Harvard-educated mathematics genius, returns home to teach remedial math to middle school students, both she and her students end up getting unexpected lessons.
Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace by Eric Wright
Worried that he won’t pass his math quiz on Monday, Frankie can’t find any time to study over the weekend. Comic strip illustrations are interspersed throughout the text.
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Train Your Brain to Be a Math Genius by Mike Goldsmith
Discover the history behind key math terms and challenge your brain to a variety of math games and activities.
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Pre-Algebra and Algebra Smarts! by Lucille Caron
Reinforce classroom learning of important pre-algebra and algebra skills such as positive and negative rational numbers, absolute value, and solving equations.
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Fraction and Decimal Word Problems: No problem! by Rebecca Wingard-Nelson
Presents a step-by-step guide to understanding word problems with fractions and decimals.
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More Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Join Mrs. Jewls’s class and try solving over fifty math puzzles and brainteasers.
|Be kind to the earth and celebrate earth day by reading a book about gardens!|
Monday, April 14, 2014 (6 reads)
I Have a Garden by Bob Barner
Dog relates the wonderful things that can be found in a garden.
My Garden by Kevin Henkes
After helping her mother weed, water, and chase the rabbits from their garden, a young girl imagines her dream garden complete with jellybean bushes, chocolate rabbits, and tomatoes the size of beach balls.
We’re Rabbits by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Rabbits invade a young gardener’s garden in the hopes of finding carrots to eat.
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A Gardener’s Alphabet by Mary Azarian
An alphabet book featuring words associated with gardening, including bulbs, compost, digging, insects, and weeds.
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The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons
Illustrations and simple text describe the various vegetables people eat.
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Octopus’s Garden by Ringo Starr
Presents a picture book rendering of the classic Beatles song includes an accompanying CD recording and audio reading by the song’s writer.
Biscuit in the Garden by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Biscuit the puppy is eager to see the plants and make friends with the animals in the garden.
Olivia Plants a Garden by Emily Sollinger
Olivia is not sure what will grow in her garden when she plants mystery seeds.
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Shapes in the Garden by Rebecca Rissman
Discover different shapes that can be found in the garden.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.
The Garden Thief by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Alden children discover another mystery when they agree to help injured Mr. Yee tend to his plot in the community garden and find out that vegetables are going missing and plots are being vandalized.
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How Does My Garden Grow by DK Publishing, Inc.
A collection of gardening activities, scientific experiments, art projects, cooking ideas, and magic tricks helps youngsters learn about the structure and life cycles of plants, as well as offering advice on how to grown their own gardens.
|April 2014 Events|
Monday, April 07, 2014 (9 reads)
Choose Your Own Adventure Fantasy
Celebrate National Library week by stopping in anytime to enjoy a scavenger hunt with a fairy tale twist.
For ages 5-11
Teddy Bear Picnic
Monday, April 14, 10:30 am
Bring your teddy bear for stories, songs and fun!
For ages 3-6
Family Storytime featuring Math Stories
Tuesdays, April, 8, 15, 22 7 29, 7:00 pm
For ages 2-6
Gum Spring Library
Celebrate National Library Week
Stop by the Children’s desk and pick up a Mad Lib(rary) story form anytime this week. Complete and turn in your story by April 19 and receive a small prize. Then take a chance at the guessing jar full of goodies. For K – 5th grade children.
Spring Break Movie Matinees
Enjoy watching a movie on the library’s big screen, popcorn included!
Monday, April 14 & Friday, April 18, 3 pm
All ages; no registration required
Monday movie: Disney’s “Cars”
Friday movie: Disney’s “A Bug’s Life”
The Magic of Monarchs presented by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy
Monarch butterflies make an epic migration each year -- a journey that passes right though Loudoun County. Learn about monarch butterflies, their amazing migration, and how to help them by planting a monarch waystation garden.
Wednesday, April 23, 7 pm
For ages 6 and up; no registration required
Celebrate our diverse community with Asian folktales, games and make-and-take crafts.
Saturday, April 26, 3 pm
For all 3-11; no registration required.
Peeps Diorama Contest submissions, March 31st through April 14th. Bring your masterpiece to the library to be entered in the contest! Then visit our Facebook page to vote. For kids & teens.
Bedtime Math, Wednesday, April 9th @ 6:30pm. Bedtime stories combined with math games, puzzles and crafts. Ages 3-5.
Caring for Little Critters with Small Angels Rescue, Saturday, April 12th @ 2:00pm. Meet some of their furry friends and learn about the responsibilities and rewards of caring for a small animal. For families. No registration required.
The Magic of Monarchs with the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy
Saturday, April 19 at 2:00 pm
Learn about monarch butterflies, their amazing migration and how to help them by planting a monarch waystation garden.
For all ages.
What’s the Big Idea? Book Club
Wednesday, April 23 at 3:00 pm
April is Poetry Month – featuring A Kick in the Head, a Poke in the Eye, and A Foot in the Mouth,
books of poetry selected by Paul Janeczko and illustrated by Chris Raschka
For ages 7-11
Saturday, April 12th , 2-4 pm -Instrument Petting Zoo, Try out an instrument
Wednesday, April 23rd, 4:00 pm – All the World’s a Stage! Elizabethan theater games
Wednesday, April 30th , 1:30 pm – El Dia de los Ninos, El Dia de los Libros: Bilingual Storytime
|Celebrate National Poetry Month!|
Monday, April 07, 2014 (9 reads)
Fancy Nancy: Poet Extraordinaire! by Jane O’Connor
Fancy Nancy and her class learn about poetry and write their own poems to read on Family Day at school.
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My Mother Goose: A collection of favorite rhymes, songs, and concepts by David McPhail
An illustrated collection of nursery rhymes and songs, interspersed with concept pages on such themes as "going places" and "colors and shapes".
Wiggle Waggle Fun: Stories rhymes for the very, very young by Margaret Mayo
A collection of poems, songs, traditional verses, action rhymes, and stories, illustrated by twenty-four different artists.
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Dear Hot Dog: Poems about everyday stuff by Mordicai Gerstein
Collects poems celebrating everyday activities, including drifting off to sleep, lying in the warm sun, and eating spaghetti for dinner.
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Dog Days by Jack Prelutsky
A spirited dog describes what he enjoys doing each month of the year.
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Wynken, Blynken, and Nod by Eugene Field
A poem about three voyagers who find the land of sleep.
My Parents Think I’m Sleeping by Tony & Lauren Dungy
These 16 rollicking rhymes show young readers that a child’s life begins at bedtime.
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Hamsters, Shells, and Spelling Bees by Tony & Lauren Dungy
Twenty poems about school from writers such as Jane Yolen, Alioce Schertle, and J. Patrick Lewis.
Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem.
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An Eyeball in my Garden by Jennifer Cole Judd and Laura Wynkoop
Collects forty-four poems about spooky topics.
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Julie Andrew’s Treasury for All Seasons: Poems and songs to celebrate the year by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton
Discover poems about the different months in a year. Each month has a collection of poems written by many poets.
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If You Were a Chocolate Mustache: Poems by J. Patrick Lewis
A collection of illustrated poems for children, discussing a range of topics from dragons to school, and featuring limericks, parodies, anagrams, haikus, and various other forms of poetry.
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Poems to Learn by Heart selected by Caroline Kennedy
Features one hundred readily memorizable poems that convey a wide range of feelings, meanings, and wisdom, in a volume complemented by watercolor illustrations.
|Mock Interview Practice Session presented by Graziella McCarron, PhD|
Thursday, March 27, 2014 (15 reads)
Gum Spring Library
Monday, Apr. 7, 6:00 pm
Participate in a mock interview, and learn strategies for tailoring your responses to showcase your best self. Registration is required, here:
Dr. McCarron has formerly served as a career services practitioner and human resources professional focused on training and development and, most recently, as an adult learning consultant focused on course design, instruction, and broad curriculum development. Dr. McCarron earned her bachelor's degree in international business administration from American University and both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland's (College Park) School of Education.