The Family Night program looks at colors, emotions | Herald of Harker Heights

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Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library Director Lisa Youngblood is a firm believer in the emotional development of children, and many library programs reflect this.

The other week, the Science Time program showed parents an activity they could do with their children using plastic Easter eggs, and last Thursday, Youngblood’s Family Night program talked about the relationship between colors and emotions with its young virtual audience.

Youngblood opened the program with Dr. Seuss’ “My Many Colored Days” (a fitting selection for part of the library’s Dr. Seuss Week). Seuss’ picture book strayed a bit from his usual fare, using brightly colored illustrations that expressed different moods. He used rhyming text (more serious than his usual rhymes) to discuss the interplay between colors and emotions (and animals) – a red horse, a blue bird; purple which he equated with sadness, bright pink with happiness.

Youngblood pointed out that different colors can mean different things to different people. For example, while Seuss equates green with cool, calm fish, she said she felt green made her happy and excited. Orange, she said, might feel energetic; she agreed that pink meant happiness.

Youngblood then discussed a bit about expressing emotion. For this, she led her viewers in a rendition of the song “If you’re happy and you know it”, first with the emotion happy (and clapping), then sad (and frowning), mad ( and taking a breath, always good advice), and finally happy (with jumps up and down).

“I thought we could do a little color experiment,” she said as an introduction to the program’s next segment, a DIY that used nothing but paper towels (or coffee filters) and markers.

She drew small circles on a paper towel using three different black markers, then used a straw to run a drop of water over each one.

As the ink spread, it showed the different colors that made up each of the blacks – one had more blue, one more green, and one more yellow. She tried again using blue, purple, pink and red. While blue showed blue (of course), red showed more orange and purple more pink. And although pink showed a predominance of pink, it also showed many other colors.

Youngblood completed the program with a final book, “I Feel Teal” by Lauren Rille. A short picture book with rhyming text, the book discussed the feelings attributed to different colors – teal instead of blue, magenta instead of purple or pink, and scarlet instead of red.

“We don’t have to be one thing all the time, and we don’t have to wear one color all the time,” Youngblood said, “and we don’t have to call colors all the same all the time. time”. time.”

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