Book Review: Human Touch by Mitch Albom

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Human Touch: A Story in Real Time by Mitch Albom

One of my favorite authors is Mitch Albom. When the coronavirus pandemic started Mitch Albom decided to write a real-time novel about hope. Each week he posted a chapter of the book. I read an interview where he talked about the process of writing this book. Unlike published books, this book was unedited, there were no rewrites, it was just his words typed out and put online. The book is about four families that share a single street corner. They have become close over the years and get together each weekend. One family is of Chinese descent and during the book, you see how hard it is for this family as criticism against their heritage arises. There is a doctor and his family. He faces many challenges as this virus progresses and eventually hits him personally.  The town preacher struggles when he is notified to shut down his church. Will he follow his faith and put other lives in danger? The fourth family runs the local mill in town. His shelves are empty and supplies are hard to get. He and his wife deal with rude customers and rebellion in his own family. The housekeeper of one family is the mother of a very special little boy named Moses. Why has Moses never been sick? What secret is his mother hiding and why does she think he is the answer to healing the world? Mitch Albom wrote this book to provide a ray of hope and I believe he did that for me.

By Karyn Schemm, Assistant Director

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Escape from Treasure Island: A Digital Escape Room

We were so sad to cancel our spring break escape room and we know you were too. We’ve been hard at work, though, making our very own APL digital escape room! Access the digital escape room here

 

Sail the high seas, find buried treasure, and escape from pirates in this brand new APL Digital Escape Room based off of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

 

This escape room is intended for all ages and may be completed individually or as a group. We recommend opening it in a separate browser so you don’t lose your progress when accessing links.

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Resources for Students and Parents Learning from Home

This list was updated on August 26, 2020.

Science

Participate in citizen/crowdsourced science activities that are perfect for adults and older teens.

Kids can read Ranger Rick magazine digital editions free for the next few months. Also explore crafts and fun activities on their website for free through June.

Explore the natural world with science activities for young learners from National Geographic Kids.

Learn about space through ebooks, games, and activities with NASA and Access Mars (NASA & Google).

Explore weather at National Weather Service.

Explore hands-on science projects at Science Buddies and Exploratorium.

Find Science Lessons and Tools for K-12 at ScienceNetLinks.

 

Geography

Explore geography, science, and mapmaking with National Geographic.

Use World Atlas to find out information about the world.

Aquariums and Zoos

Tune in on weekdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. CST, for live Virtual Visits on the Sedgwick County Zoo Facebook page where they bring the Zoo to you with educational tidbits from our keepers and behind the scenes looks at some of your favorite animals.

Enjoy livestreams and educational content from aquariums and zoos across the world:
Atlanta Zoo
Cincinnati Zoo (YouTube link)
Explore.org Live Nature Cams
Georgia Aquarium
Houston Zoo
Monterey Bay Aquarium
National Aquarium
National Marine Sanctuaries
New England Aquarium
San Diego Zoo
Smithsonian National Zoo

 

STEAM

Fun STEAM challenges and games from PBS Kids Design Squad.

Students of all ages can learn to code for free with fun games and activities.

Daily demos, activities & shows from Wichita’s Exploration Place on YouTube.

 

Math

Free publications and lessons from the Math Learning Center for all grades.

Free math videos, interactive lessons, and more for all grades from PBS Kids.

Free math printables and online math games for students in preschool through 5th grade.

Get free math help with algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry, and statistics.

 

Reading

Have fun with free printables and activities from some of your favorite books from Brightly.

Discover new books with Booklist and Book Links, whose content is freely available until further notice.

Read free ebooks and eaudiobooks from APL with the Sunflower eLibrary.

Take virtual tours of libraries around the world.

Free audiobooks perfect for readers aged 0-18. Enjoy books for the littlest listeners, tween and teen audiobooks, classics, and fairytales from Audible.

Older learners will enjoy this video library of non-fiction author interviews and presentations via CSPAN.

 

Arts and Culture

Free online guitar lessons for three months from Fender. No credit card required.

Visit famous museums and galleries for a virtual tour.

Learn history, art, culture, and the sciences with help from Smithsonian Lab.

Lunch doodles with Mo Willems, the author of the Elephant & Piggy books. Everyday at noon on YouTube.

Virtually explore US National Parks:
Bryce Canon National Park
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Dry Tortugas National Park
Hawaii Volcano National Parks
Kenai Fjords National Park
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Yosemite National Park
Grand Canyon National Park 

General Education

Get thousands of grab-and-go lesson plans, unit plans, discussion guides, extension activities, and other teaching ideas from Scholastic.

Common Sense Education – Get free distance learning resources for back-to-school.

Virtual School Activities – live educational webcams, virtual tours/trips of museums and historical sights, and other fun educational activities.

New free daily activities and videos for young children and their families, part of the New York State Library early reading initiative.

Learners in pre-K to 9th grade can enjoy day-by-day projects and learn at home with free help from Scholastic.

Make learning at home easy with free videos, lesson plans, and activities for learners in PreK to 12th grade from PBS Kids.

Great free printables, free worksheets for writing prompts, telling time, math, sight words and more!

Learn American history from learner.org in 26  interactive units from WGBH Boston in cooperation with the Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration, and with the assistance of Instructional Resources Corporation.

 

Kansas State Library Resources

Check out these resources available for free with your Kansas State Library card. Don’t have a Kansas State Library card? Send us an email, we can help!

(hint: click on the image below to open a PDF with clickable links!)

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Free Language Learning with Mango Languages

Video Overview

 

Mango languages is a fun, interactive, and free way to learn over 70 languages! With each lesson, Mango includes critical thinking and memory-building exercises, grammar and culture notes, voice comparison, pronunciation practice, and vocabulary building all with a focus on language construction and conversation. Mango adapts to your learning style making language learning fun and easy!

Discover courses in over 70 languages including:

Languages

FAQs

How much does Mango Languages cost?

It’s free with your Kansas State Library card!

 

I don’t have a Kansas State Library card. How do I get one?

Sign up in person at any Kansas library. You will need your driver’s license (with a current address or a piece of mail with your current address) and an email address. Kansas State Library cards are good for three years and can be renewed in person at any Kansas library.

 

Does Mango Languages have a mobile app?

Yes! The Mango Languages app is available for Android, iOS, and Fire tablets.

Download the Mango Languages app in your device’s app store, create an account, and when asked to subscribe, select “Find Mango” at the bottom of the page and search for Andover Public Library in Kansas. When prompted for your library card number, enter your Kansas State Library card number.

 

If I have fines at APL, can I still use Mango?

Yes! Even if you have fines at APL, you can still use Mango Languages and the Mango Languages apps with your Kansas State Library card.

 

Do I have to be at the library to use it?

No! With the Mango mobile app, you can take language learning on the go.

 

How does Mango Languages work?

Check out the video above for a quick introduction to Mango Languages. See more on Mango’s website and find more tutorials and videos on their YouTube page.

 

How do I create an account?

Desktop: On the Mango homepage, click Sign Up to create a user profile with your Kansas State Library card number and password or click on Use Mango as a Guest. If you previously created an account, log in with the email address and password you used when you first created an account with Mango.

App: Download the Mango Languages app through your device’s app store.  If you already have a Mango account, click Log In and sign in your email address and password. If you have not used Mango Languages before, click on Sign Up and create an account using your preferred email address.

 

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When prompted to subscribe to Mango, scroll to the bottom of the page and select Find Mango. Enter Andover’s zip code (67002) into the search bar and select Andover Public Library in Andover, Kansas.

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Enter your Kansas State Library card number into the box for access to Mango Languages.

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