Saturday, November 17, 2007


The Thanksgiving holiday offers families an opportunity to spend time together. Perhaps you might want to explore the history of this over three-centuries-old holiday with your children. Do they understand the origin of Thanksgiving? Do you want to help them learn more about this holiday without having to flip through old dusty textbooks? Look no further and explore the Kids InfoBits database:

1. Go to the SFPL Home Page and select “Articles & Databases.” You will need a San Francisco Public Library card to access the databases from outside the Library.

2. Under the Categories side bar on the left, select “Student Resources” then select, “Kids InfoBits.”

3. Select “History & Social Studies” and then “U.S. History.”

4. From the category listings, select “Pilgrims (Plymouth Colony).”

5. Choose any link from this list and you can read concise, informative articles on the pilgrims, puritans, the Mayflower, and other historical Thanksgiving facts.

The KidsInfoBits database—an electronic resource for beginning researchers—contains articles and reference content written specifically for children from kindergarten to 5th grade. A highly visual and browseable database with rated reading levels for various topical articles, this database draws its material from magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, and other print resources. Subject areas covered include current events, geography, history, science, health, people, and more.

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