Solar Eclipse

After 38 years the United States is seeing another total Solar Eclipse! While we will likely not see the total eclipse from here in Cushing, OK we will be seeing a partial solar eclipse which should be about 80% covered.

 

It is dangerous to look at the solar eclipse without proper eye ware, and while the Cushing Library is not able to afford glasses to hand out to the public there are ways you can make your own device for safe eclipse viewing.

 

Supplies:

2 Pieces of stiff white cardboard (Paper plate or poster board should work), or white paper

A thumbtack, pin, or needle

 

Instructions:

  1. Take one piece of paper or cardboard and piece a small, round hole in the middle of it with the pin or thumbtack you have.
  2. While having your back to the sun, hold the piece of paper or cardboard with the hole over your shoulder while holding the second piece in front of you.

The sun will shine through that little hole onto your first piece of paper and project the image onto your second piece. To adjust the size you’re viewing, move the second piece of paper further from your first piece.

 

REMEMBER! It could be dangerous for your eyes to view the sun with the naked eye or even with sunglasses.
Never use this devise to look directly at the sun, and do not look at the sun through the hole.

 

Enjoy the solar eclipse, and stay safe.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Welcome to the Cushing Library’s 1,00 Books before Kindergarten program!

Did you know that reading to your child is one of the most powerful ways to boost his or her brain power? The simple and enjoyable act of sharing books helps your child learn pre-reading skills such as understanding the sounds letters make, developing a bigger vocabulary, and building background knowledge– all important skills that help prepare your child for learning to read and entering kindergarten.

The Cushing Library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a fun, exciting, and free way to start your child on the path to success! Any child ages birth to 5 years can participate. Just follow these steps:

  1. Register:  Sign up at the Cushing Library
  2. Track your Reading: Write down each book you read with your child in a lined notebook or keep track on your phone with the Apple or Android app.
  3. Every Book Counts: Even if your child wants to hear the same book again and again, you can count it each time. You can also count the books your child hears in story time, in daycare or preschool, or with a friend or family member, as long as your child listens to the entire book.
  4. 100- Book Milestones: Each time you read 100 books, celebrate! Download and print out your 100-book Milestone sign or make your own and take a picture of your child with it to tell your friends and family your child’s progress! Share the pictures on Facebook* , Instagram*, or Twitter* and talk about what you and your child are doing. Don’t forget to email your picture to us at cushing1000books@gmail.com with their name so we can share your child’s achievement on our website.
  5. 1,000 Books: You did it! Print out your certificate and take a picture to share on your social media to tell the world about your child’s accomplishments. Come celebrate at the library and see your child’s name placed on the 1,000 Book Wall of Fame.
  6. Keep on Reading: Don’t stop at 1,000! Keep on reading together; there’s more learning ahead!

Singing songs, saying rhymes, telling stories, and playing with your child are all great ways to build their literacy skills. Visit the Cushing Library often for free programs that are fun and educational for your little one and to find great books to share with your child.

One thousand books may seem like a lot, but if you read just one book a night, you’ll meet your goal in less than 3 years. If you read three books a night, you could reach your goal in just one year! Visit the Cushing Library for a wide selection of books to check out to help you on your journey to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

 

*The Cushing Public Library has no Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram account as of this time.

Pokemon Go is here!

WHAT IS POKEMON GO?

Pokemon Go is a smart phone app game that released July 7th here in the US. People who have downloaded this game travel their towns and thanks to Google Maps and this game, can encounter pokemon in the real world to catch. Pokemon has been a popular series for almost 20 years and continues to entertain people of all ages with the show, games, and now on smartphones.

The Cushing Library is happy to learn that we were selected as a Pokemon Stop! This means that anyone who plays the game can stop by to rest on their pokemon journey and stock up on Pokeballs and other items. All you have to do is tap the Pokestop when you’re here and spin our icon to get items. We are also next door to a pokemon gym, so come relax here while keeping an eye on who’s the top trainer!

For more information as to what Pokemon Go is or how it works there is a great article that can be found here.