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In 2019, children gathered around an Inquire Within banner at a Mason County Library official event.
We're Looking For A Few Good Sponsors
We have a unique out-of-school program designed to encourage family engagement and highlight the importance of early literacy in elementary school children, but we need sponsors to help us take it into libraries across West Virginia.

Inquire Within is designed to bring respected PBS Kids educational content to children via their local library. The program, which is in 13 counties, makes learning fun, rewarding and engaging. There are six libraries — Sutton Public Library, Helvetia Public Library, Lowe Public Library, Morgan County Public Library, Ohio County Public Library, and Brooke County Public Library — poised to offer the program once they get a sponsor to help with the expense.

Inquire Within has been made possible through financial support from a variety of local funders,” said Harrison Evans, WVPB's education specialist. “The partnership between us and local libraries encourages the creation of innovative, imaginative programming using research-based, parent-trusted PBS content.”

Cabell County Public Library, one of our Inquire Within libraries, is having an Inquire Within Week March 8-12. The focus is on community engagement using PBS Kids content.

“In one event like this one at the Cabell County Public Library, we will be able to reach an entire community of families during one week-long event,” Evans said. “It's a lot of hard work for library staffs, especially those in smaller communities that don't have the resources to go beyond what they already do. Our partnership combined with a sponsorship really makes it possible to reach a lot of young learners.”

Inquire Within libraries with current sponsors include: Buffalo Public Library (sponsored by Toyota | WV), Cabell County Public Library (sponsored by the West Virginia State Treasurer's Office SMART 529 Program), and Raleigh County Public Library (sponsored by the Beckley Area Foundation). Other Inquire Within libraries are Doddridge County Public Library, Tyler County Public Library, Clay County Library, Burnsville Public Library, Mason County Library, Hundred Public Library, Nutter Fort Public Library, Hamlin Public Library, Boone Madison Public Library, and Webster-Addison Eleanor Branch Library.

Would you like to sponsor one library (or more) in West Virginia? Connect with Todd Frymyer, media sales associate, 304-556-4905.

Would like to have an Inquire Within program at your local library? Connect with Harrison Evans at 304-556-4922
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March 31 is the deadline.
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15 Children's Books to Celebrate Women's History Month
Here are 15 books about impactful and inspirational historic and modern-day women. Share these with your daughters and young learners to inspire them about women’s history.

Helen Keller | Author, Advocate, Activist
Grades 3-7Video/Lesson Plan • U.S. HistoryCommunityLanguage Arts/Literacy
In a time when opportunities for people with disabilities were few, one young woman who was both blind and deaf became a world-renowned voice for change. To this day many still marvel at the accomplishments and perseverance of author and activist Helen Keller. Through two activities and a short biographical video, students will understand Helen Keller’s accomplishments and be challenged to think about ways they can make a difference in their world. LEARN MORE.
Vikings | Trading and Raiding
Grades 9-13+VideoWorld HistoryGeographyEconomics
Join Crash Course host John Green to learn about Vikings. Many of the preconceived notions you have about Vikings may not be true. They weren't simply pagan raiders striking terror into the hearts of defenseless European Christendom. They were some of the greatest travelers of their time, and they weren't always traveling to steal. In many cases, they were traveling to trade. John will teach you about Viking trade goods and Norse Mythology — and some blood, guts, and dragons for good measure. Sensitive: This resource contains material that may be sensitive for some students. Teachers should exercise discretion in evaluating whether this resource is suitable for their class. LEARN MORE.

As an extension, check out this article from NOVA explaining how DNA testing has shed light on the influence of Viking women on exploration and colonization. LEARN MORE.

What Was West Virginia
Like During the Ice Age?

In this audio program learn about the Ice Age in general and, more specifically, how it impacted the region now known as West Virginia geologically, environmentally, geographically and economically. An enhanced script is provided in support materials to allow hearing-impaired students to participate. Support materials include images from the Cranesville Swamp Nature Preserve. LEARN MORE.
Join "Mr. Josh" for a super fun mix of active stretching and high intensity workouts for our West Virginia students! Wellness Wednesdays airs on WVPB-TV Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. right after WVDE's Education Station! CHECK IT OUT!
Do you have ideas for what you’d like to see in our newsletter? Maybe you just want to give us feedback on the WVPB, PBS and NPR classroom resources you like best. Email us at education@wvpublic.org.