Ages 5-11

What do Piglet and Captain Underpants have in common?

They are sharing the March is Reading Month celebration in the glass display case at the Downtown Library's Youth Department. Take a peek at The Velveteen Rabbit, Madeline and other favorite characters.

Pet & Wildlife Photo Contest Deadline!

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Time is running out to submit your photo of a pet or wild animal! Drop your entry off by 9:00 PM this Thursday, March 8 - at the Downtown Library Youth Department Desk. Winners in 4 categories (Grades K-2; Grades 3-5; Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12) will be awarded gift certificates to Borders at the Awards Ceremony on Monday, March 12, 7:00-8:00 PM at the Downtown Library Youth Department. Contest Guidelines after the break

John Lewis in the Lead (A Story of the Civil Rights Movement) by Jim Haskins

John Lewis’s parents warned him to "stay quiet, don’t get in trouble and don’t get in the way." John Lewis did not heed his parents' warning. He felt that segregation was wrong. When he heard Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. give a speech on the radio against segregation he knew he was right. This sparked a desire in him to fight segregation and earn black people the right to vote. Jim Haskins leads young readers on a journey for civil rights through the life of John Lewis.

Create Magic Beads

Create high fashion jewelry with magazines and newspapers. Come back from Mid-Winter break in style! Show up at Malletts Creek branch on Friday, March 2 from 10-11 AM. Program is for ages 9 and up.

Kid Bits - NEW Folklore

Don't forget the folklore for family storytimes. It's a great way to travel the world without leaving home. NEW titles in the library are The Great Race: The Story Of The Chinese Zodiac; The Hare And The Tortoise And Other Fables Of LaFontaine; and Storytime: First Tales For Sharing.

Jackie's Bat by Marybeth Larbiecki

Jackie Robinson is playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers for the very first time. The batboy is told by his papa that “it aint’ right, a white boy serving a black man,” but Jackie goes on to earn the respect of his team, the fans and the batboy. Told from the point of view of Jackie Robinson’s batboy Marybeth Larbiecki scores a big one in Jackie’s Bat.

Guinea Bits - Pig Tales

Guinea Pigs! What else to say but cute, cute, cute with personality to boot !! Read some pig tales with Pee Wee and Plush and Lexi's Tale by Johanna Hurwitz; The Tales of Olga DaPolga by Michael Bond; John Willy And Freddy McGee; and Willimena Rules'stressful tale How To Lose Your Class Pet.

Then there are Kate Duke's pair of fables One Guinea Pig is Not Enough and Twenty Is Too Many. Hmmmm ... nuff said !

Eloise!

Do you remember that great character Eloise by Kay Thompson? There are some new Eloise cartoons that have come out recently, using the voices of Tim Curry, Lynn Redgrave, Matthew Lillard, and others! Come in and check out Eloise. Little Miss Christmas or Me, Eloise.

New BOCDs for Kids!

Do you like reading the Judy Moody books? There is a new BOCD too, called Judy Moody: Around the world in 8 1/2 days if you want to try listening instead. Do you like reading the American Girl books? We also have the Molly series on CD as well Molly: An American Girl Come and try!

The Storytellers by Ted Lewin

Abdul and his grandfather walk down the streets of Morocco. They pass many street vendors. Happy that their work is not the work of wool dyers, or copper smiths they enter a large courtyard. Grandfather spreads out a carpet. The pigeon cage Abdul has been carrying is opened. The pigeon lights on Abdul’s head, then soars into the sky and returns with a story. Grandpa looks at the crowd of people who have gathered and begins, “This happened or maybe it did not. The time is long past, and most forgot.” Ted Lewin captures the magic of storytelling in this outstanding children’s book.

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