Family Museum promotes importance of literacy, interdisciplinary and exploratory learning through Eric Carle exhibit

If there’s one thing you all have figured by my posts over the last several years, I find extreme importance in children’s literacy. As a teacher who has watched literacy develop in Pre-K through 8th grade, you often wonder where does it all began in the lives of your students. Maybe their parent read to their child during their pregnancy, or right after they began their journey in this world — but the real question is, what book did it start with?

I couldn’t even begin to name the books my parents probably read me by the time I was born, or even a month old — the list was that large. But what is common about these lists? They often contain similar books, and several written by Eric Carle.

Author of the childhood classic, A Very Hungry Caterpillar (and more!), Eric Carle’s stories and illustrations have become a favorite part of family libraries. Bettendorf’s Family Museum has placed emphasis on this sentiment through their latest summer exhibition, “A Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit.” 

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Homebrew Festiv-ALE 2018

The HOMEBREW FESTIV-ALE returns Saturday, July 14, and aims to be bigger and better than ever! I recently met up with Jason Parris, co-owner of Wake Brewing and event creator and coordinator, to get the details on this year’s festivities.

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Moline Library sets sail with summer fun through family STEM challenges

There’s two and a half months worth of summer vacation from school, and there’s a hundred different ways to spend it. Whether you spend it enjoying lazy days at the pool, running around outside, relaxing in the cool breeze of the air conditioning, or participating in fun STEM activities, the possibilities are endless. This summer the Moline Public Library is encouraging families to come on in, and dive into a world of literacy, engineering, history and other related STEM activities through their World Monument Building Challenge that started June 11th and ends June 30th.

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Oodles Of Noodles & Breads Galore at Miss Effie’s!

Just a short drive from the Quad Cities in Donahue, Iowa, is the most charming little eclectic flower farm business. Miss Effie’s Country Flowers has been in business since 2001. Lovingly run by Cathy and her husband, “Honey”, this farm on a hill invites you to return again and again. This time I returned for noodle and bread making classes.

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Wildly Engaging! Maurice Sendak Exhibit At The Figge

The new Maurice Sendak traveling exhibition at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, was a destination for our family when visitors were in town for the week. I have enjoyed Sendak’s work for years and found the exhibit Where The Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak : The Memorial Exhibition…50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons to be interactive and thought provoking.

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Top 5 Healthy Eateries in Quad Cities

It isn’t always easy to making healthy choices while dining out. For those with allergies or dietary restrictions, it can seem near impossible finding a restaurant that can cater towards specialty needs. It can be done, though! There are several places locally that provide good, healthy, food and can accommodate for most restrictions you might have when ordering out.

Here is a list of my top 5 favorite healthy eateries in the Quad Cities.

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