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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

January 10, 2019
A Special Book Club

The Death and Life of Monterey Bay

9 Ways to Make 2019 the Year of Family Reading

For the Young Ones

Fun Events!
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  A Special Book Club

(0 A January 2019) Book_BarnabyRudge.jpgWhile it's always a good time to read, January is especially appealing with the sound of rain on the roof, a welcoming couch, soft pillow, warm afghan and a good book! Check out the Pickwick book Club. They've inspired me to read Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens. It's one of his VERY LONG novels, the kind you can really get into and wish your visit to his world would never end.

If you do venture out, be sure to take in the Fungus Fair. There are lots of kid-friendly activities.

Santa Cruz County has many fine private schools. It's a very good time to visit. Make a checklist of what's important to you. Visit. There is no substitute for walking into a school and tuning into the "vibe." Treat yourself to an amazing diversity of approaches to education and imagine your child in an environment that suits his/her needs and interests.

If you have a teen, or preteen, we recommend going to a talk on Parenting Teens with Lucie Hemmen, local "Parent Whisperer," on January 15th at 6:30pm

Please share our newsletter with new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events!

Have a lovely, reading weekend with family and friends!  Parmalee

 

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  The Death and Life of Monterey Bay

(0 A January 2019) Book_TheLifeandDeathofMontereyBay.jpgThe Death and Life of Monterey Bay, A Story of Revival
 by Stephen R. Palumbi and Carolyn Sotka


"It is the biography of a place, but also of the residents who reclaimed it ...
even residents on this idyllic California coast may not realize its full history.

Monterey began as a natural paradise, but became the poster child for industrial devastation in John Steinbeck's Cannery Row.

When the fish ran out and the climate turned, the factories emptied and the community crumbled.

Today, Monterey's economy and wildlife are resplendent... through the extraordinary acts of ordinary people.

The shores of Monterey Bay revived because of human passion --passion that enlivens every page of this hopeful book."

(0 A January 2019) Library_FriendsAptos.jpgOur Community Reads, launched last year by the Aptos Chapter of the Friends, creates stronger neighborhoods by inviting everyone to read the same book at the same time, thus engaging in a shared community experience. This year's selection "The Death & Life of Monterey Bay" has received a positive reaction, both from the public and from professionals willing to lend their expertise by participating in the program.  Not only do we project that readers will learn a lot about the Monterey Bay and gain an appreciation for it's turbulent past, but will gain access to what they can do to secure its healthy future.

A series of events related to themes in the book is planned for January, February and March 2019.

Inspiring speakers, field trips, story times, a variety of films, discussion groups, a trivia night, art exhibits and much more! All events will be open to the public.

 

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  9 Ways to Make 2019 the Year of Family Reading

Message from Purple Museum

Happy 2019! We could not be more enthused about the state of children's literature right now - we can travel across the galaxy, meet new friends, go on adventures, learn about ourselves and more, all through the pages of a book. This year, go on some of those literary adventures as a family. Cultivate a family reading habit and you'll find entire universes open up for all of you, together. No matter what ages your children are, here are nine ways to be engaged in the reading process as a family.

(0 A January 2019) ConorReadingtoC.jpg1. Start early

It's never too early to start reading to your kiddos! When you've got little ones who can't even keep their heads up, you can still read to them. Read them your favorite cookbook, magazine, periodical, or novel. Babies are teeny-tiny sponges and absorb everything, from your voice to your facial expressions to your personality. When they hear your voice directed at them, they will slowly develop language and get familiar with the people close to them.

As your children continue to grow, give them board books to hold, flip through, or even put in their mouths! They will get used to holding them in their hands and looking at the pictures. Eventually, you can both get into the book by acting out the characters, doing voices, singing or using props!

2. Establish routines

Reading isn't just for bedtime - books are a great idea any time of the day. Make a point of reading time; put away your phones, turn off the TV, and sit together for some literary adventures. Babies and toddlers are masters at multitasking - they seem easily distracted, but they're really paying attention to every single thing in the world, all at once. When reading, create a calm environment that allows them to focus on the book and on your togetherness.

(0 A January 2019) Book_AnneOfGreenGables19.jpg3. Share the books you grew up with

Lean into the nostalgia and introduce your little ones to your favorite books growing up! Are there any books that remind you of loved ones? Are they tied to precious memories? What's a story you've remembered even into adulthood? There's nothing like sharing those memories with your kids and and learning more about each other.

4. Let kids lead the way

When children are very young, you are the curator of their libraries. But as they grow and express interest in certain types of books, make book selection a family activity where everyone participates. Take them to the library or book store and let them lead you to what they want. Do they like picture books? Do they like books about outer space, or dinosaurs, or trucks?

If they get a vote in what they read, they will cultivate the enthusiasm for reading that will serve them well as lifelong readers. Be your child's guide and check for appropriate content, but let them make the decisions based on their interests.

As your little readers master the alphabet and grow their vocabularies, turn the tables and let them read to you!

5. Encourage kids to make up their own stories

Children love repetition - they need it to learn and process what they're reading. But for parents, reading the same book a hundred times a week is exhausting and boring. As a family, find ways to recreate your favorite stories and breathe new life into them. Act out the stories, dress up, or even borrow the book's characters or plot to make up stories of your own.

Making up stories will help children comprehend the stories they've already read, develop language skills, understand story structures, delve into character motivations, learn empathy, and more. It also gives them an opportunity to flex their creative muscles!

6. Explore new genres

Discover new types of books together! There is a whole world out there of diverse children's books for all ages and stages. Format doesn't matter; explore picture books, comics and graphic novels, and nonfiction on a variety of topics. If something is a hit, that's great! Find more books about it. If it isn't, talk about what didn't resonate and what might have improved it. Together, you can develop your little one's vocabulary to express complex thoughts.

7. Ask questions

It's easy to be sucked into a good book and keep flipping the pages without stopping, but take the time to ask and answer questions. When your child stops the story to ask a question, it means they are engaged and want to deepen their understanding of what's happening. Be sure to ask questions of your own, like "What do you think is happening in this picture?" or "Why do you think the character feels this way?"

This helps children take a beat to comprehend the book better, and their answers may surprise you! It's a fun way to learn more about your child, their burgeoning personalities, and what they are learning and observing.

8. Model reading for kids

Don't think you're off the hook here! Family reading includes modeling good reading habits for your kids. It's okay if you haven't kept up with your to-read lists- now's as good a time as any to start again. Pick up a newspaper, magazine, find an Oprah recommendation, discover a new book at the library or reread one of your old favorites. Getting back in the habit of reading will help you inspire your little one.

9. Make reading family time

Family reading doesn't necessarily mean that you all have to read together every time. Especially as your child gets older, you can read your own books, but together. Organize family leisure time around books and read alongside one another.

As your little reader becomes more independent, you may feel divorced from the process. Reading near each other allows you to see and hear their reactions to books, and serves as a conversation starter.

 

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  For the Young Ones

While teens and adults are reading The Death and Life of Monterey Bay, share these and many more with picture book readers and young readers. Our libraries have a huge offering. Just ask!

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  Fun Events!
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JANUARY

CALENDAR

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Kirby School 6-12, Shadow Days are Mondays

 

Orchard School K-6, Open House 1/19

 

Mount Madonna School PreK-12, Campus Tour and Preview of "13" the Musical1/24

 

Mount Madonna School PreK-12,  "13" the Musical1/25-27

 

Expedition Academy 5-8, Open Studio 1/25

 

Kirby School 6-12, Open House 1/26

Visit the Sand Hills

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The Top 100 Children's Books on Goodreads

for Independent Readers through the Middle Grades

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" This is the first collection of the popular comic strip that features Calvin, a rambunctious 6-year-old boy, and his stuffed tiger, Hobbes, who comes charmingly to life...."

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New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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MusicalMe, Inc
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Ages: birth - 12months
Details: Join us every 2nd Monday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 438-3514 view all details >>
     
Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 yrs.) class
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Date: Every Tues (Jan 29-Mar 19) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: adults
Details: Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 years)
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 476-7284 view all details >>
     
Fungus Fair: Mushrooms as Medicine
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  Fungus Fair: Mushrooms as Medicine
Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz
Date: Every day (Jan 11-Jan 13) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Learn about the hundreds of beautiful and fascinating species of local fungi on display in a re-created woodland habitat.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.684.2275 view all details >>
     
Magical Harp Night
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  Magical Harp Night
MAH
Date: 05/17/2019 at 5:00pm
Details: Bring the children to listen to harp music up close ... and touchable...
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Volunteer with the Animals
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  Volunteer with the Animals
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Date: 01/12/2019
Details: Training to volunteer with animals or other ways!
Special Instructions: 10 am to 12 noon or 1 to 3 pm
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-454-7235 view all details >>
     
California Dinosaurs
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  California Dinosaurs
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: 01/17/2019 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Life on the Edge (of Mesozoic North America)
Special Instructions: Registration encouraged
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 420-6115 view all details >>
     
Drop-in Family Crafts: Yarn Baskets
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State Park Mission
Date: 01/13/2019 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Details: Drop-In Family Craft - Yarn Baskets Sunday, January 13 from
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.425-5849 view all details >>
     
Supporting Your Partner (for CalWORKs participants)
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  Supporting Your Partner (for CalWORKs participants)
Triple P
Date: 01/11/2019 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Adult
Details: Adult, Parenting, Workshop, Relationship, Communication, Partner Support, CalWORKs
City: Aptos view all details >>
     
Pickwick Book Club
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  Pickwick Book Club
Library Central
Date: The 2nd Su of every month (Jan 13-May 12) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: Join us each month for conversations about the novel and guest speaker presentations ...
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Children's Planetarium Show
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  Children's Planetarium Show
Hartnell Planetarium
Date: Every Fri (Mar 22-May 17) at 5:30pm
Details: Star programs for children
City: Salinas Phone: (831) 755-6979 view all details >>
     
 Second Weekends @ Watsonville Airport
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  Second Weekends @ Watsonville Airport
Watsonville Municipal Airport
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Like old planes? Come visit us!
Special Instructions: Saturday and Sunday
City: Watsonville view all details >>
     
Volunteer with the Animals
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  Volunteer with the Animals
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Date: 01/12/2019
Details: Training to volunteer with animals or other ways!
Special Instructions: 10 am to 12 noon or 1 to 3 pm
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-454-7235 view all details >>
     
Science Sunday: Polar Bears and Climate Change
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  Science Sunday: Polar Bears and Climate Change
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Date: 01/20/2019 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Ages: Recommended for ages 10 & older
Details: Living on Sea Ice in a Warming World
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 459-3800 view all details >>
     
     
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