Did you know these seven little facts about Dinosaurs?


dinosaurs2Here are some interesting facts about our mighty beast friends that you might not have known:

The Name: The name dinosaur comes from the term Dinosauria, which means terribly great lizards. But dinosaurs were not lizards, only distantly related to them, and most were not very terrible.

Dino Intelligence: One of the most intelligent dinosaurs was a small, bipedal theropod called Troodon. Troodon‘s brain was as large, compared with its body weight, as that of many modern birds and small mammals. It had excellent vision and probably hunted for mammals and other prey at night.

Millions of Years: Dinosaurs lived throughout most of the Mesozoic Era, which is divided into three periods—Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous. The Triassic Period lasted from about 250 million to 200 million years ago. The Jurassic Period lasted from about 200 million to 145 million years ago, and the Cretaceous Period from about 145 million to 65 million years ago.

From Birth To Death: Scientists do not know how all dinosaurs reproduced and can only guess how long dinosaurs lived. Fossil dinosaur eggs show that at least some dinosaurs laid hard-shelled eggs, as do modern alligators. They can estimate the time it took for dinosaurs to grow to adult size; studies of the microscopic structure of dinosaur bones suggest that dinosaurs grew rapidly.

Very First Findings: Before the 1800’s, no one knew that dinosaurs had ever existed. People who found a dinosaur tooth or bone did not know what it was. However, around 1818, an English scholar, William Buckland, obtained a large lower jaw that contained a number of sharp teeth. After studying this jaw, Buckland came to the conclusion that it was unlike any fossil previously discovered. So he gave it a new name, Megalosaurus(great lizard), in 1824.

The Mysterious T-Rex: Early scientists first thought this giant meat-eater was primarily a scavenger, feeding only on the decaying bodies of dead dinosaurs. They also thought it lived a sluggish life, sleeping or basking in the sun between meals. However, scientists gradually came to believe that Tyrannosaurushad a much more dynamic lifestyle and argue that it was an active predator as well as a scavenger.

The Disappearance: There are many developed theories that explain dinosaur extinction. Two of the major theories involve 1) the collision of an asteroid with Earth and 2) large volcanic eruptions in what is now India.

Learn all about dinosaurs with World Book for Kids and Hot Topic – Dinosaurs and Early Animals.  Remember to count your minutes for Club Read!

#SummerLearning loss is a significant contributor to the #AchievementGap. #KeepKidsLearning


summer learning dayToday is Summer Learning Day! #KeepKidsLearning attend a library program or visit Hot Topic – Club Read Kids or Hot Topic – Club Read Teens for some fun activities or a good book to read! Pledge to keep kids learning http://bit.ly/SLDPledge

#ClubRead Selection: Red Berries White Clouds Blue Sky Grades 3-5


red berriesRed Berries White Clouds Blue Sky by Sandra Dallas

It’s 1942: Tomi Itano, 12, is a second-generation Japanese American who lives in California with her family on their strawberry farm. Although her parents came from Japan and her grandparents still live there, Tomi considers herself an American. She doesn’t speak Japanese and has never been to Japan. But after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, things change. No Japs Allowed signs hang in store windows and Tomi’s family is ostracized. Things get much worse. Suspected as a spy, Tomi’s father is taken away. The rest of the Itano family is sent to an internment camp in Colorado. Many other Japanese American families face a similar fate. Tomi becomes bitter, wondering how her country could treat her and her family like the enemy. What does she need to do to prove she is an honorable American? Sandra Dallas shines a light on a dark period of American history in this story of a young Japanese American girl caught up in the prejudices and World War II.

Read about the author on Hot Topic – Club Read Kids

Club Read – Explore beyond the page!


explore_beyond_the_pageThis summer, come and explore beyond the page with Hot Topic – Club Read. Discover magazines, go on a scavenger hunt or explore a database. Use these reading ideas for counting your minutes for Club Read!

What is Flipster? Popular magazines for children and teens. Read Online or download to read offline.


That’s right! the library now has popular magazines for children ages 1-14 years old to download and enjoy 24/7. Best of all it’s free. All you need is a LVCCLD library card.

Flipster is easy to use on a tablet or computer. On a tablet just use your browser to go to Flipster, from the library’s Hot Topic – Club Read for Kids. Select a magazine to read and when the cover appears click the download button for the app at the top of the page. Install the Flipster app and your magazine downloads to the app for offline reading. It’s that easy!

Learn more about Flipster at Databases A-Z on the “F” tab. You can also find Flipster on Club Read for Kids and Club Read for Teens. Individual magazines from Flipster can be found on the Homework Help pages.