Cool Places to Stay Warm

With the colder weather in The Valley, our kids are spending less time outdoors and more time inside. Let’s be honest here—we’re all tired of being cooped up in the house. You may be more over it than the kids! Trying to be their number one source of entertainment day after day gets old; we […]

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Unicorn Slime

Supplies 1/2 cup hot water 1/2 tsp. borax 1 bottle of glitter glue 1 cup water Glitter (optional) Directions In a small pitcher, add the 1/2 cup of hot water and 1/2 tsp. of borax. Stir and allow the borax to dissolve. Pour out the bottle of glitter glue into a bowl, and add 1 […]

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Music Matters

Researchers at the University of Southern California Brain and Creativity Institute recently published results of a five-year study that links music appreciation and instruction to accelerated brain development in young children, especially in the auditory system of the brain that is also key in language and reading skills development. This finding builds upon previous studies […]

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Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Ingredients 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 cup old fashioned oats 1/2 cup ground flax seeds 2 tablespoons honey Directions Combine all 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Place in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes so they are easier to roll. Roll into 12 bites and store in the […]

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Crockpot Love Served by Ronald McDonald House

After a long day, have you ever wished you could come home to a hot, homemade meal ready to eat? Now add to your long day the stress of having a critically ill or injured child in the hospital. During these trying times, feeding yourself is often forgotten at your child’s bedside. The Ronald McDonald […]

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STEM Gift Guide

Looking for a gift to challenge your child’s mind, that will keep them busy for more than a few minutes, and also provide an opportunity to learn? We’ve got them with our Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) gift guide! STEM Gifts for ages 2-4  Magnetic Blocks Never too early to start developing kids creativity. […]

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Gift Guide for “Hard to Buy For” Adults

Gotta get a gift for the brother-in-law you only see on the holidays? Or your 20-year-old niece that keeps her head in her phone at every family gathering? Here are some of our suggestions for the hard-to-gift adult.   For the young reader or a family of Potter heads this beautifully illustrated box set of […]

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25 Books Before Christmas

By Jeannine Scott, North Columbus Library, Chattahoochee Valley Libraries Have you heard of 25 Books before Christmas? Wrap 25 books and place them under the tree. Let your child unwrap one each evening and enjoy a special bedtime story together! Here are our recommendations for holiday titles that are entertaining for you and your little […]

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Wood Slice Ornament

Supplies Wood slices Woven ribbon Water transfer paper Inkjet printer and printed out image Craft glue paint brush Directions Resize your images so they’ll fit on the wood slices. Print them out on the water transfer paper. Place your wood slice over the image and trace around using a pen. Place the image on top […]

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