Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library



A young woman reads a book while her dog lie beside her.

21st Century Kids: Animal Allies

January 05, 2021

Many times animals find themselves in the wrong situation and require rescue and a new forever home. Fortunately, volunteers and non-profit animal welfare organizations focus efforts to change the future for animals in need.

Young person dreaming big

21st Century Kids: Dream Big

December 29, 2020

Having dreams, wishes, and goals are human aspirations. After all, striving to improve one's lot in life is encouraged. Our dreams and hopes bolster our emotions when times are challenging; somewhere on the horizon is a better version of ourselves and our lives.

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21st Century Kids: Emerging Designers

December 22, 2020

What are the qualifications to be a designer? One can argue, people possessing creativity, problem-solving skills, and a willingness to fail, all have the capacity to engage in the design process.

Family members making crafts with plastic and paper products

21st Century Kids: Limit Plastic Use

December 15, 2020

What was once seen as a remarkable new material, is now viewed, by many, as a menace to the environment. Although it’s evident that plastic, in modern times, is the go-to choice for many businesses and homes, it is single-use plastic consumption that is causing great harm to our oceans and marine life.

Budding filmmakers

21st Century Kids: In the Director's Chair

December 08, 2020

“Read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read...if you don't read, you will never be a filmmaker.”—Werner Herzog

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21st Century Kids: Behind the Camera Lens

December 01, 2020

“Photography is about light, composition and, most importantly, emotion.”—Larry Wilder

Happy kids working on a volcano experiment

21st Century Kids: Dabble in Science

November 17, 2020

“A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales.” —Marie Curie

Family making crafts with online tutorial

21st Century Kids: Giving DIY Gifts

November 10, 2020

Handmade gifts will always hold a special place in a receiver's heart. Parents save everything their child has made, and friends treasure special handmade gifts. Therefore, shopping at a busy mall is not the only way to spread holiday cheer.

Father and son harvesting their vegetables from their garden.

21st Century Kids: Garden to Plate

November 02, 2020

Fall is the time when thoughts turn to consuming pumpkin-spice baked goods and other delicious treats from the market or local farms. This is the season to feel the warmth emanating from kitchens. Kids that plant and grow their own food have the best scenario to consume fresh delicious foods.

Young boy cutting vegetables with the family watching

21st Century Kids: Building Family Memories

October 27, 2020

In the 21st century what constitutes a family unit is varied. However, most will agree: spending quality time with loved ones is very beneficial. Our families are an important foundation that cannot be underestimated. For some, it is a positive experience that sustains them during turbulent times.