Buchanan County Public Library

Virtual Homeschool

BCPL Virtual Homeschool

Spring 2020

While the library is closed, we are bringing the BCPL Homeschool class to you. This Virtual Homeschool section will feature activities similar to those we do in class. We will be adding content regularly, so keep checking back in the coming weeks to see what’s new.

Origami is the Japanese are of folding paper to create both two-dimensional and three-dimensional designs.  Here is a quick origami tutorial created by BCPL’s Cody Billiter using squares of paper to create flower petals. The petals can then be attached to one another to create a flower. This project can be made with any type of paper and any size paper square. Just remember, if you start with a bigger square, you will end up with a bigger petal.

Mother’s Day is May 10. This might be a good option if you’re looking for a last minute gift idea!

If you enjoyed this project, there are lots more like it in Explora. You can access Explora at www.bcplnet.org by clicking on the Digital Library tab and then clicking General Research. Select Explora and then type ‘origami’ into the search bar.

Please feel free to share photos of your finished projects!


Spring Writing Prompt

April is Earth Month, a time for celebrating and learning about our environment. Here in Appalachia, there is so much going on in our environment in the spring, especially all the beautiful blooming trees. These blooms often appear before a cold snap. Have you ever heard your parents or grandparents refer to “redbud winter”, “dogwood winter”, or “blackberry winter”? Do some research on these “little winters” and write a short report about what you’ve learned. You can use the internet or interview someone in your family and let them tell you what they heard about these springtime cold snaps growing up.

We would love to hear what you learned! Email your stories to Kelly (kelly@bcplnet.org) or Sherry (sherry@bcplnet.org).


National Poetry Month

April is also National Poetry Month. To celebrate, check out some of these great reads from the library’s digital collection:


Poems to Live Your Life By, Chris Riddell

Curated by artist and writer Chris Riddell, Poems to Live Your Life By is a beautifully illustrated collection of poems for readers young and old to carry with them as they grow. The book includes favorites, both old and new—from selections of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets to original poems by Neil Gaiman to lyrics to an indie rock song by Phoebe Bridgers.

Becoming Emily, Krystyna Poray Goddu

Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) wrote short, often-enigmatic poems that are widely anthologized, quoted, and read by students of every age. Yet, as widely known as her poetry is, Dickinson as a person is considered to have been an inscrutable recluse—a silent figure who wore only white, wrote in secret, never left her Amherst, Massachusetts, home, and had no interest in sharing her poetry with others. In Becoming Emily, young readers will learn how—while Dickinson did keep to her home for the last 20 or so years of her life—as a child, adolescent, and well into adulthood, she was a lively social being with a warm family life.

How to Eat a Poem, The American Poetry and Literacy Project of the Academy of American Poets

Selected for both popularity and literary quality, seventy charming poems cover a wide range of subjects: poetry, books, words, and imagination; the beauty of the natural world; travel, adventure, sports, and play; love, friendship, sadness, hope, and other emotions.


If you need help downloading these or any other titles from any of our online services, call the library at 276-935-5721.


What’s Happening at the Library?

Ms. Teresa will be interviewing bestselling author PC Cast, author of the House of Night series, on the library’s Facebook page on Monday, April 27 at 6:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to join in and ask questions.

Don’t forget to join our new Online Book Club. Right now, we’re reading Old Yeller. Check it out for free here.

Join us for a live discussion on the library Facebook page on May 11 at 6:00 pm. This book club is open to all ages and everyone is welcome to join in the discussion.





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