A car made from a hot dog and the cover of Go, Dog Go! by P.D. Eastman

Summer Reading Tip #8: Car Time = Book Time

Let’s Go Reading in the Car! For many families, summer means time to take trips, and whether that means a day trip to hike the trails at Clinton Lake (and earn some points for your Take a Hike Badge), a days-long road trip around the country, or anything in between, it’s easy to turn car time into quality […]

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hermit crab

Adventuremobile – Attack of the Hermit Crabs!

Okay, maybe that title was a bit dramatic.  But you do have a get a chance to visit with real live hermit crabs on the Adventuremobile from July 7 – 11. Hermit crabs are crustaceans; as such they have jointed limbs, claws, a hard exoskeleton, eyes on stalks, and two sets of antennae. Hermit crabs make great […]

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a shelf filled with audiobooks

Summer Reading Tip #7: Try Audiobooks!

When I was a kid, I looked forward to visiting the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library to check out read-alongs, which in those days took the format of a book and a cassette tape in a clear plastic bag with a convenient handle.  As I remember, they were shelved on a wooden dowel in a little […]

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Word Cloud of Animal Names

Summer Reading Tip #6: Cheep! Moo! Roar!

Does your kid love animals?  If so, then you have an easy way to hook your kids on books.  Fiction and non-fiction books about animals abound; we have plenty to offer to your future veterinarian. The Adventuremobile brings a new animal to show-and-tell to your kids every week.  From crawdads to baby chicks to cool […]

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Baby Chicks

Adventuremobile-Come See Our Cute Chicks!

Come and visit the Adventuremobile the week of June 23-27 to see some baby chicks. Jerold Binkley, known as host of the fondly remembered Tulip Time on the Binkley homestead and  prime mover of the Topeka Beautification Project at the Lake Shawnee Ensley Gardens, has kindly donated these little critters to the animal menagerie which accompanies the AdventureMobile each […]

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3 Children reading picture books

Summer Reading Tip #5: Never Too Old for Picture Books!

One major milestone in your child’s growth as a reader is when they are finally ready for chapter books.  Kids are excited to be reading “big kid” books, and it’s exciting for parents to see their kids start to enjoy longer, more complex books. As important as this milestone is, sometimes kids get the idea that […]

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