Trivia Tuesday: Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater
To “throw out the baby with the bathwater” is a German idiom dating back to at least the 1500s (originally das Kind mit dem Bade ausschütten). It’s a caution to not discard something good in your haste to discard something bad.
Its first well-known use in English is in an essay by the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle, addressing the slave trade that ran through England in the 1800s. However, Carlyle was using it as an excuse to not abolish slavery, or at least transition it to serfdom. If only the phrase had a more positive introduction to the English language, perhaps it would have caught on quicker.
The idiom has also famously been used by Martin Luther, Johannes Kepler, Goethe, Otto von Bismarck, and George Bernard Shaw.
Click here for our library’s literature on the fascinating use of idioms around the world.
Trivia Tuesday: Sleeping like a baby
The average newborn can sleep up to 23 hours a day. Presumably the other hour is whenever you are trying to sleep.
Oh, well–at least they’re cute!
Click here to get ahold of some lullabies to help your baby sleep when he or she is supposed to!
Brightest Tot on the Block
Kids are pretty amazing; they grow and learn at such a rapid pace, you never know what they are going to come up with next. Some kids, however, are downright mind-blowing. Take, for example, Kim Ung-Yong; he is thought to possess the highest IQ (>210) of any living person. He was conversing fluently at 6 months of age and by age 4 he could read Japanese, Korean, German, and English. At the age of 5 he was able to solve differential and integral calculus problems and was invited to the United States by NASA at age 7.
Of course the Davenport Public Library can’t promise that we’ll make your child a prodigy (which may not be the worst thing considering that Ted Kaczynski, A.K.A The Unabomber was a prodigy), but we can help you get your child on the path to literacy. Learn simple ways to help your child get ready to read with “Early Literacy Tips for Parents.” Monday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Eastern Avenue Branch and Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairmount Branch, parents and caregivers of children aged 0-5 are invited to learn about easy to implement activities that they can do with their child to get them ready to read. Angie Hammond, a library assistant trained on the American Library Association’s Every Child Ready to Read program, will talk about the principles and practices years of studies have proven are essential to early literacy. Parents/caregivers will receive materials they can take home to aid in the promotion of literacy. This FREE program is for adults about children.
Want to learn about more child prodigies? Check out these articles:
10 child prodigies (who actually ended up doing something)
Top Ten Child Prodigies
Is your child a genius?
Child geniuses: What happens when they grow up?