Tag Archives: Education

It’s a jungle out there! : 52 nature adventures for city kids / Jennifer Ward

Call number: GV191.63 .W36 2011

Just because you live in the city doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy nature. This compact guide offers 52 nature-focused explorations, adventures, observations, and games that can help you and your child connect to nature while living in the city. While it may be hard to see nature through the traffic, buildings, and busyness of the city, there is still much of the natural world to explore when you turn your gaze to the cracks in the sidewalk, the trees on the street, or the green spaces that your city offers. Become an urban birder, make your own man vs. wild observations, and discover the not-so-hidden pockets of nature in your neighborhood. For children ages 4 to 8.(From Amazon)

Salem Press and Videatives

The Library currently holds a variety of online health/medical books from Salem Press.  We’ve recently added history and forensic science online books to these existing library resources, as well as, a new video service from Videatives which features short videos for early education and child development.  They are linked on our BOOKS, AUDIO-VISUAL , and A-Z List pages.

Encyclopedia of play in today’s society / Rodney P. Carlisle, general editor

Call number: GV11 .E555 2009 (reference-doesn’t circulate)



Play is considered to be a lighthearted, fun, and entertaining topic. Yet it plays a key role in our lives, and, as a research field, it has generated an extensive and sophisticated literature exploring a range of penetrating questions, e.g., Do we play to avoid danger or to experience it? Do we play to escape work or work to engage in another form of play? All public and academic libraries will want to obtain this encyclopedia, so that academics, researchers, and students can understand how play affects child and adult development, especially in terms of health, creativity, and imagination. A preface, introduction, and reader’s guide further enhance this encyclopedia, as do a glossary, listing of the 450 articles and contributors, and “Chronology of Play.” In addition, Volume 2 features a resource guide of books, journals, and Internet sources that includes the URLs to companies in the world of play.
Appendix A gives statistics on work and play as listed by categories, hours, gender, and marital status and leisure hours spent. Appendix B is actually a report to Congress by the Federal Trade Commission, “Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children,” which gives details about the effect on children of the recording, DVD, and electronic gaming industries and the health and psychological results recorded. BOTTOM LINE This ground-breaking resource is strongly recommended for all libraries and health and welfare institutional depots; essential for university collections, especially those catering to social studies programs.—Al Vara, Temple Univ. Lib., Philadelphia