Since February is Black History Month, second and third graders learned about Motown - the music recording company from the late 1950's that was responsible for racially integrating popular music. African American musicians signed with Motown when many white-owned companies would not work with them. Many of the musicians we know today were inspired by Motown's stars.
Have you noticed owls in your neighborhood? The photograph is of a barred owl in our backyard. We have noticed the owls making a lot of noise lately. The newspaper article from Saturday's edition of the Atlanta Journal Constitution is all about owls. It is mating season for owls and the barred owls sound a lot like monkeys.
The circles on his eyes are called cataracts. They are caused by clouding on the lens of the eye. People get cataracts too but for people, they are very easy to remove with surgery. For dogs, it's harder and very expensive to remove them. He is still a happy dog even though he sometimes runs into things and
Here are some interesting facts about our 16th President.
Did you know that you can borrow ebooks and audio books from the Dekalb County Library? It's fairly easy to do. You do need a login and password which you have to get from the library. You can access OverDrive from a computer - http://www.dekalblibrary.org/elibrary/ebooks-and-downloadable-audiobooks.html. Or, you can download the app, "OverDrive," directly to a smartphone or tablet. Electronic materials are loaned for a period of two weeks.
Even more exciting is that our City Schools of Decatur libraries are looking to purchase OverDrive so that students can check out ebooks directly from their school library. Stay tuned ....
I'm usually reading at least one grown-up book, one kid's book and one teenage book at any given time. I am just finishing "Little Failure" by Gary Shteyngart - for grown-ups. I've also started Kevin Henkes' "The Year of Billy Miller - for kids and recently finished, "Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo - this year's Newbury winner. And I recently finished, "The Nazi Hunters" by Neal Bascomb which won an American Library Association award this year - it's a young adult book. You can let me know what you are reading by leaving a comment!
Have you been watching the Olympics? I definitely have. My favorite parts are the opening ceremony and figure skating. I love watching the athletes enter the Olympic Stadium; they look so excited and proud to be representing their countries. I also love watching the figure skating because I used to figure skate A LOT - from about first grade and through college. I lived in Ohio which was cold in the winter and there were many places to skate.
I did not, however, like the sweaters worn by the American athletes. Did you know that these sweaters could be purchased for $595 and they sold out immediately online? This means that people bought them so quickly that there are none left to buy. What do you think? Would you buy one?