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

Trust in your children

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Parenting advices comes from many sources, but when was the last time that you read advice from a Holocaust hero? Polish author Janusz Korczak wrote parenting guides and children's books before his death in a concentration camp in 1939. A new collection of his writings advocates taking children seriously. This article in NPR has an excerpt from the book, and the library has one of the stories he wrote for children: King Matt the First.

Crazy World? Try Some Stories!

If you are looking for clever ways to deal with uncertainty and conflict in this wild time, Dan Keding’s collection of folktales, Stories of Hope and Spirit; Folktales from Eastern Europe may give you resolution. From the Croatian version of Stone Soup, to the Slovakian Cinderella, these tales share the wit, wisdom and strength of the Slavic culture and fuel the human spirit. Keding is an award-winning storyteller and musician who grew up on tales from his Croatian grandmother.

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.

Career Skills Workshop for Grades 9-12

Learn where to look for a job, how to create a resume and beef it up, and how to ace the job interview. Join us in the multipurpose room of the Downtown Library this Sunday, March 4 from Noon to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Register at the Downtown Youth desk or call 327-8301.

Got tape? Then create!

Don’t miss Duct Tape! Re-Mix at Pittsfield Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 1-3 p.m. We’ll provide the tape - in a bunch of colors from camouflage to pink - and you do the rest. Make what you want and meet other tapeheads. We’ll have duct tape books like Got Tape?: Roll out the fun with duct tape on hand for inspiration.

Onlies Write Fascinating Family Stories

As the mother of a solo son, I thoroughly enjoyed Only Child: Writers on the Singular Joys and Solitary Sorrows of Growing Up Solo edited by (only children) Deborah Siegel and Daphne Uviller. These essays – divided into Childhood, Significant Others and Friends, Parenting, and Tables Turned – are both entertaining and enlightening. Among my favorites was “My Jane,” by U-M’s Peter Ho Davies. At the end of the book I was left wondering, not for the first time, whether solo sons and daughters may be just as psychologically diverse as those who grow up with siblings.

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 !

Baby Bits - What to Do With the Baby-O?

Need Stuff to do with the Baby-O? Take it from the Pros and follow the leaders! Try Gari Stein's Sing With Me series produced by Little Folksters; Raffi's Rise and Shine and other recordings; Sharon, Lois and Bram's One Elephant, Deux Elephants and other recordings. Also try, mood music and action songs by Hap Palmer Movin', and Jim Gill Jim Gill Sings His Do Rem Mi on His Toe Leg Knee.

Homework Success! - 6th Grade Report

QUESTION? ... A 6th grader needs information on the agate fossil beds in Nebraska.
ANSWER! ... We found the most information in "InfoTrac Student Edition" database on our RESEARCH page. We used keyword "agate fossils" and got a full-text article from

National Parks, Nov-Dec 1993 v67 n11-12 p42(3)
"Frozen in time: some of the world's most significant deposits of fossils are preserved in U.S. national parks".

Abstract: Fossil beds are found in many US national parks and provide an extraordinary history of millions of years of the US ecosystem. Five national monument locations are described: Hagerman Fossil Beds, ID; Florissant Fossil Beds, CO; John Day Fossil Beds, OR; Agate Fossils Beds, NE; and Fossil Butte, WY.

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