The pumpkins are plumping, there's a crispness to the air, and there's no denying that glorious autumn is back for another golden snuggle. And though there are few things that we love more about fall than cozying up with a mugful of cider by the fire, we're also quite fond of .... read more
Monsters are everywhere these days. We already had our hands full with monsters in closets, under beds and sometimes roaming the playground. But now they've taken over the shop windows, set up camp in libraries and schools, and, along with their cousins the ghouls, witches a.... read more
As the lyrical prophet Fresh Prince once wrote: parents just don't understand. Never is this truer than when it comes to the creepy, gross, and weird things that cause our kids to lose their minds. Somewhere near the top of that weird list is bones. So how do you satisfy your .... read more
Remember when the biggest dilemma of Halloween was your child choosing between a Batman and firefighter costume? Or between a princess dress and fairy wings? Tough decisions, those were.Nowadays, they are debating a pirate outfit versus a vampire get-up complete wi.... read more
Everywhere we go, cobwebs are appearing. Hung over doorways and windows, draped over fences and hedges. And spiders too, great hairy black ones, hanging down the sides of houses and creeping across the neighbors' yards. Either there's a giant arachnid infestation going on, or.... read more
When we think of Halloween (can it really be coming up so soon?), we think of cute pink cheeks and button noses peeking out of lion or monkey costumes; of gauzy princess and sturdy fireman outfits; of carving pumpkins; of all the candy that is about to flood our homes and how .... read more
A few years ago, my husband and I went to the Tutenkhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art to view some 50 items from King Tut's tomb and more than 70 items from other Egyptian tombs. It was a fascinating journey back in time to learn ab.... read more
Think back to your childhood memories of Halloween. What do you remember? One thrilling night a year when you got to carve pumpkins, dress up, traipse around after dark, skitter and squeal through haunted houses, and bring home a boatload of candy. Pretty great, right? And .... read more
One of my favorite memories of summer as a child was catching fireflies in the front yard. What a magical time it was as the sun went down and darkness settled in, with only the faint illumination from the moon and the unpredictable blinking light from the fireflies. In her bo.... read more
In today's economy and with today's tight budgets, the library has become more important than ever to family fun. The library is the perfect source of free reading materials for the whole family, but it's also so much more. Children's rooms are now decked out with toys and puz.... read more
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