Apr 082024

Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse will be present over much of the United States on April 8, starting in Texas around 1:30. While only a small portion of the United States will see a total solar eclipse, much of the country will be under a partial eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon travels between the sun and the earth. Please remember that looking at a solar eclipse without proper protection can cause damage to your eyes. A great site to find out how much of the eclipse you will see is: Solar Eclipse.

Apr 082024

Fire escape was patented in England in 1766. The system included a wicker basket on a series of pulleys and chains.

Fire escape ladder was invented in 1879 by J. R. Winters. He received patent number 214,224. Children could view his patent at: https://www.google.com/patents/US214224.

Margarine was patented by Alfred Paraf in 1873. The New York resident received patent number 137,564. Children could read about his process at: http://www.google.com/patents/US137564. They could do some research to see which is healthier, margarine or butter.

Apr 082024

Kofi Annan (born Kumasi, Ghana, 1938; died Bern, Switzerland, August 18, 2018) was the United Nations Secretary General from 1997 to 2006.

Ruth Chew (born Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1920; died Castro Valley, California, May 13, 2010) wrote and illustrated at least 30 books for children. Her works include The Wednesday Witch and The Enchanted Book. 

Linda Crew (born Corvallis, Oregon, 1951) writes books for children and young adults. Her books include Children of the River and Nekomah Creek. Children can visit her website at: Linda Crew.

Betty Ford

Betty Ford

Elizabeth “Betty” Bloomer Ford (born Chicago, Illinois, 1918; died Rancho Mirage, California, July 8, 2011) was America’s First Lady from August 9, 1974 to January 20, 1977. She was the wife of Gerald Ford, the thirty-eighth President of the United States. Children could visit a website at: Betty Ford.

Trina Schart Hyman (born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1939; died Lebanon, New Hampshire, November 19, 2004) wrote and/or illustrated more than 100 books for children. She received the 1985 Caldecott Medal for Saint George and the Dragon. She earned three Caldecott Honor Awards: in 1984 for Little Red Riding Hood, in 1990 for Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, and in 2000 for A Child’s Calendar. Children can learn more at: Trina Schart Hyman.

Harold Keith (born Lambert, Oklahoma Territory, 1903; died Norman, Oklahoma, February 24, 1998) wrote about fourteen books for children. His book Rifles for Watie received the 1958 Newbery Medal.

Lewis Morris (born Westchester County, New York, 1726; died Westchester County, New York, January 22, 1798) signed the Declaration of Independence. He represented New York. Prior to the Revolutionary War, he was a judge in a British court. During the Revolution, he was active in New York politics. Children could learn more at: Lewis Morris.

Julia Sauer (born Rochester, New York, 1891; died Rochester, New York, June 26, 1983) was a writer of children’s books and a librarian. Her Fog Magic, illustrated by Lynd Kendall Ward, earned a 1944 Newbery Honor Award. Her Light at Tern Rock received a 1952 Newbery Honor Award.