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More Composer Kids

Have you ever wondered what classical composers were like when they were kids? Let’s meet a few and find out! Franz Liszt (1811-1886) Franz Liszt [that’s pronounced “List!”] was born in Hungary. His father was a government official, and he also played the piano, the cello, and the guitar. Franz especially loved listening to his […]

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Composer Kids

Have you ever wondered what classical composers were like when they were kids? Let’s meet a few and find out! Maria Anna Mozart (1751–1829)& Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Maria Anna Mozart (nicknamed Nannerl) were musical Austrian siblings. When little brother Wolfgang was a toddler, he was fascinated by his sister’s piano […]

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Backyard Birds

Birds create wonderful natural music, and they come in so many shapes and sizes! Here are some common birds found in North America that you have probably seen right in your backyard, or near your home.  American Robin The American robin is part of a family of birds called thrushes. The American robin is native […]

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Storytime Activity: The Wompananny Witches Make One Mean Pizza

Airing during this evening’s storytime is author and illustrator, Jennie Palmer’s reading of her book, The Wompananny Witches Make One Mean Pizza published by Abrams. Join Jennie as she introduces you to Anita and Winnifred Wompananny. Two witches who whip up a delicious, monstrous, pizza. Before making books for children, Jennie Palmer worked as a […]

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Backyard Flowers

Flowers can be a great addition to your garden. They can attract wildlife while adding something pretty to look at in your backyard. Gardening can give you a chance to do something fun with your family, and it’s not a very expensive hobby. Also, taking care of plants helps us practice responsibility and get some exercise! […]

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Backyard Trees

Have you ever thought about how many kinds of trees there are? No matter where you are, if you walk outside or look out a window, chances are you will see at least a few different kinds of trees—sometimes you can see many different kinds just in one yard!  Trees aren’t only a beautiful part of nature. They are homes for wild […]

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Backyard Bugs

We are all familiar with bugs: you can walk outside, look around, and spot at least a few different ones! Many bug species have been around for more than 400 million years. They can be pests and sometimes even scary but they are important to our ecosystem. They help control other bug populations, dispose of waste, […]

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More Music in Art

We can find out what history’s music sounded like when we play music scores by classic composers. Thanks to the visual arts, we can also find out what making music looked like in the past! Here’s a little gallery of paintings of music and musicians, along with recordings of the kind of music that inspired […]

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Backyard Gardening

Here are six common fruits and vegetables that are easy and fun to plant in your own backyard garden!  Green Beans  When to Plant: Directly plant the seeds into your garden before summer after the last frost.  Harvesting: The beans can be ready to pick in about 60 days and will continue to regrow after picking.  Other Details: Provide support […]

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Music in Art

We can find out what history’s music sounded like when we play music scores by classic composers. Thanks to the visual arts, we can also find out what making music looked like in the past! Here’s a little gallery of paintings of music and musicians, along with recordings of the kind of music that inspired […]

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