Thursday, January 18, 2018

Coast Libraries Gearing up for Summer Reading Programs

Summertime means a break from school, but that shouldn’t mean a break from reading. Continuing to find new books throughout the summer helps establish patterns for students that can last into adulthood, and summer reading programs help kids find interesting and appropriate books and engage in readings with other students, outside of class.

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When The Heat Is On

The joys of summer delight children of all ages, and we’re lucky: it’s almost here. Whether playing ball, hiking, or lounging around the pool, soaking up glorious sunshine provides health and entertainment.

Yet in these humid Mississippi summers, too much sun can bring heat illness. Be wary of the danger: warning signs are often missed, and the situation can rapidly become serious.

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Letter From The Editor: May 2016


With the school year wrapping up and summer about to start, change is on the horizon. Final exams, graduations and promotional exercises, end-of-the-year banquets, and other milestones fill these final days of the 2015-2016 school year.

We give you an assortment of articles this month designed to get the entire family geared up for this time of transition. Writer Meghan Holmes will encourage you to sign up for a summer reading program at your local library. Medical columnist Philip Levin, M.D. will discuss why it’s important, as summer approaches, that parents be able to identify the signs of heat exhaustion. This month, parent of twins, Ashley Schafer Karcher, will also fill us in on how it feels to parent … times-two.

As the school year comes to a close, be sure to thank your child’s teachers for all that they do. Rest assured that they have done a lot, and their efforts will make a world of difference.


Kara Bachman

Managing Editor

Kid Craft: Group Scavenger Hunt Fun

This month we are going to do a combination indoor-outdoor-indoor activity. For the outdoor section, you may have to wait for good weather, and for the last indoor section, you may well decide to move it outdoors as well.

Have I raised your curiosity? Good.

You can have a good time with this activity over a period of several days. What’s more, this is definitely an “action” craft that’s "the more the merrier.” Consider getting neighborhood friends involved for a larger group and even more fun.

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Lessons From a Mom of Twins

“You are having twins.”

I sat in stunned silence as my doctor said these words to me.

He kept talking. It was something about two sacs versus one sac and how I needed to take it easy to ensure I made it to my due date. He gave me several handouts about twins, and even handed me a brochure about a moms of multiples “support” group.

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