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Project Night Night

Project Night Night

To get us in the holiday spirit, MaryRuth Books joined forces with the wonderful charity, Project Night Night, to provide some much needed nighttime comfort for homeless children. Each year, Project Night Night donates over 25,000 Night Night Packages to children living in shelters. Children receive Night Night bags containing a security blanket, age-appropriate books, […]

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Attitude is Everything for the Holidays

The holidays can be overwhelming, but… as with so many things… attitude is everything. I dread hearing a month and a half of the same holiday music on a repeat loop. I don’t like the elf on the shelf. I think eggnog is disgusting. I’ll bet you have your own not-so-short list of pet peeves […]

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Surviving Cold Winters Through Migration, Hibernation, and Adaption

In the northern and much of the mid-western United States, we have hot summers and cold winters. Autumn begins with the September Equinox. The falling leaves usually signal falling temperatures. Individual animals survive the change in the seasons in different ways. Some animals migrate, which means they move from one region to another with the seasons, […]

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Getting to Know You

When listening to teachers talk about starting a new school year, you’ll hear excited plans and fresh ideas. Teachers want to keep the good things from last year going, while making adjustments to help their classrooms run more smoothly and inspire young learners. The more teachers with whom you speak, the more wonderful and different […]

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Every New Beginning…

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.  ~ Seneca, Roman philosopher and statesman (4 BC–AD 65) Another summer is coming to an end and a new school year is about to begin. However you spent your summer, suddenly realizing that it’s fading can leave you feeling a bit wistful. You can’t help but […]

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What Do an Octopus and a Book Have in Common?

You shouldn’t judge either one by its appearance. Octopuses (or octopods, but never octopi or octopussies) embody everything creepy and mysterious about the sea. Recent news coverage about Inky, a young male octopus who cleverly escaped from the National Aquarium of New Zealand, provides us with a different perspective. Even though our bodies are very […]

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Get Outside This Summer and Enjoy Nature

Go out, go out I beg of you, And taste the beauty of the wild. Behold the miracle of the earth, With all the wonder of a child. ~ Edna Jaques, Canadian author and poet (1891-1978) According to polls that rank the popularity of the seasons, spring consistently tops summer. And despite debating if it’s […]

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Everything Seems to Start Blossoming in May

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. ~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Everything seems to start blossoming in May, whether it’s flowers or summer plans. The school year is winding down. Students and teachers alike are thinking about the warm and sunny days ahead, days […]

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Bring on the May Flowers…

Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens Although April is the first full month of spring, we in the midwest typically wait until May to put away our warm clothing. April is a month where we carefully follow weather forecasts, keenly aware how […]

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Jupiter is at Opposition March 8, 2016

Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system, is at opposition during March 2016. This means that Jupiter is opposite from the Sun in the sky when seen from Earth. The solar system is lined up so that Jupiter, the Earth, and the Sun form a straight line with the Earth in the middle, on […]

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