Kids, Teens, & Families 
Scott County Library Newsletter 
September 13, 2020

Welcome to the beginning of our Fall Literacy season! If your children are ages birth-5, we hope you've signed up to receive your early literacy packet, arriving in your mailbox soon. If you haven't signed up yet, there's still time: Packet Signup

If your children are in elementary, middle, or high school, you'll want to sign up to receive our K-12 Student Resources newsletter that comes out the 15th of each month and features library-exclusive homework tools and booklists for students, broken down into sections by grade levels: K-12 Student Resources newsletter signup.

Got a new or struggling reader? Sign up for our Reading Boost packet, with 16-page booklet, free book, Adult Guide, and modest incentives to keep your young reader motivated: Reading Boost Signup

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Staff person from American Swedish Institute holding up a woven heart basket sample
Kickoff Special Event, 9/13-9/19: 
with the American Swedish Institute
It's a virtual play day with the American Swedish Institute (ASI) and the Scott County library! Join Miss Ingrid from the ASI as she reads the book Counting Sweden, shares music, and demonstrates a special Scandinavian craft. Miss Ingrid guides you through each step to create a festive and fun heart ornament and invites you to make one ornament (template at bit.ly/asiheart) to decorate your home and to mail ASI one ornament to hang in their lobby during their holiday exhibition! 
The video will be accessible 9/13-9/19 only.
This program is part of the smARTpass Reimagined arts series, which features eight arts partners.  For more information and links to see ALL of the videos, visit www.melsa.org
smARTpass Reimagined is funded by Minnesota's Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund and coordinated by MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency) and your metro public libraries.  
Family Fun Break 

Match the superhero to their superpower or special tool - you can even print out the page and cut apart the squares to make a matching game!

Print, color, and cutout these people, buildings, and scenery from castle life.

Early Literacy Videos

Available 9/21-9/27 only: 
Join Ms. Ally for our first fall video on Superheroes. We're celebrating what makes each of us a superhero. Our book is Superbat
by Matt Carr (read with permission from Scholastic).

Available starting 9/21:
 Each week, Blanca and Mo will demonstrate songs, rhymes, baby signs, and early literacy activities for your little one! To minimize screen time for this age, these are short 2-3 minute videos. 
In respect of copyright, videos with books will be active for only one week.
Upcoming Mailout Events:

Register now for:
Mailout Date: 9/23
photo of completed sunprint paper project
For ages 3-8 with the assistance of an adult.
Enjoy the science of cyanotype printing: sunprint paper will make beautiful blue and white prints with just a few opaque objects and somesunshine! Your workshop kit will have eight pieces of paper to experiment with, complete directions, and a simple explanation of the science behind printing with sunshine. On the class date we'll mail you all the supplies needed for the project and printed instructions. 
Funded by the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA).

Watch our newsletter and events calendar for upcoming mailout events:

Registration opens 9/23 for: 
Mailout date 10/7 

Registration opens 10/7 for
Create by Mail: History Crafts with Scott County Historical Society
Mailout date 10/21
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