We have added a new database to our Kids and Families page – CultureGrams. With this database we are able to provide up to date information on countries, U.S. States and the Canadian provinces. Following is text from ProQuest’s description of the database. We hope you take a look at the site – and let us know what you think.
CultureGrams™ is a leading reference for concise and reliable cultural information on the countries of the world. With world events increasingly affecting our lives, it’s more important than ever to educate students about the world around them, and for college students and business people to stay up-to-date.
CultureGrams provides country reports that go beyond mere facts and figures to deliver a one-of-a-kind perspective on daily life and culture, including the background, customs, and lifestyles of the world’s people. The reports are written and reviewed by in-country experts and are updated as new information becomes available, so you can be sure you are offering only the very best, most current information to staff and students. Users link to the reports via an engaging, map-based interface that can be accessed anywhere, anytime.
World Edition-Cultural reports for more than 200 countries. Each include 25 categories such as Land and Climate, History, Personal Appearance, Greetings, Dating and Marriage, Family, Diet, Housing, Holidays, Economy, Education, Health, and more.
Kids Edition-This collection of more than 185+ country reports teaches upper elementary-aged and middle school users about the world around them. Each report includes up-to-date, engaging cultural information, complete with images, an historical timeline, fun facts, and sections on history, population, “life as a kid,” and more.
States Edition-These colorful and easy-to-read state reports help upper elementary-aged students understand the diversity and history of each U.S. state and the District of Columbia. Reports include maps, flags, symbols, and timelines, plus sections on history, economy, geography, population, and more.
Provinces Edition-This edition contains kid-friendly reports on all 13 Canadian provinces and territories. Reports include images, maps, charts, data tables, and fun facts, plus sections on the environment, culture, government, first inhabitants, and more.
Reading, playing, talking, singing, and writing are the five practices that stimulate the growth of a child’s brain and make the connections that will become the foundation for reading. The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library will be presenting SingingThrough Your Day, a series of programs and workshops for parents and caregivers and their young children which will focus on the practice of singing. According to Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library:
Singing helps children hear the distinct sounds that make up words. Songs also teach new vocabulary and introduce new ideas and concepts.
Sing with your children any chance you have: at home, in the car, during a walk. You don’t need a perfect voice, just some enthusiasm.
Move to the music. Children develop motor skills as they clap, jump, twirl and spin to music.
Sing nursery rhymes or sing instead of reading a book. Find a book that is based on a song or make up a simple tune for one of your child’s favorite books.
The final program in this series will be held on June 28th at 10:30 am
Singer songwriter Emilia Dahlin will be our very special guest in the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library series about the role singing plays in early literacy. During this program for our very youngest (birth-24 months) Emilia will demonstrate how parents and caregivers can sing through the day with their young children!
Born on a small farm south of Boston to a musical instrument collecting father and accordion playing mother, Emilia was destined for a life of music. She started piano, formally, at the age of five and trained classically for the next thirteen years. It was Christmas day, 1996, when Emilia decided she wanted to play the guitar. She went up to the attic, pulled out a warped and worn guitar, which once belonged to her great grandfather, and started to play. She never stopped. Throughout Emilia’s fifteen-year musical career she’s made Maine her home while performing in coffeehouses, performing arts centers, and festivals in the U.S., Canada, Brazil and Europe. Known for strong storytelling sensibilities and memorable performances, Emilia has garnered many national awards, from Telluride Troubador, Winner of the Starbucks Music Makers Competition, Winner of Boston Music Conference Songwriting Competition, and the Great Waters Songwriting Contest.
Emilia is co-founder of The Transcendence Project which uses music as a medium for building community locally and globally.
Most recently, Emilia has stepped back from touring to focus on teaching locally with the Maine Academy of Modern Music where she offers songwriting in Portland Public Schools, co-directs the MAMMOTH Rock Chorus to elementary and home-schooled students and hosts and produces “The Kids Are Alright” family music series at the Portland Public Library.