New booster seat law

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Effective July 1, 2008 is a new law that requires children between the ages of four and eight and less than 4 feet 9 inches tall to use booster seats. Current law requires children under four years of age to ride in an infant or child car seat. This booster seat law extends the requirement to older children who are also not optimally protected by seat belts alone.

As a primary enforcement law, the booster seat provision allows police officers to pull over a vehicle for violation of this law. Including fines and fees, this violation could cost a driver between $65 and $165 for each unrestrained child.

2nd Grade Reading UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Summer Reading is under way.
All ages can sign-up and get a card.
If you were in 2nd or 3rd grade this year you might enjoy trying the following series.
For "silly" try Mercy Watson; or Geronimo Stilton.
For "everyday kids" try Hey Li'l D; or Clementine.
For "sports" try Winning Season; or Baseball Card Adventure.
Or ... ask a Librarian for suggestions.

Babysitting UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Hey Kids! Need a Job?
TightenUp your babysitting skills with these NEW books.
Babysitting Safety;
Babysitting Activities; and
Babysitting Basics.
What's Next?
Prepare for your shift and bring 5 books to read with the kids.
Ask a Librarian for suggestions!

K-5 Craft - Paper Molas

On Monday, June 23, 10-11:30 am at Malletts Creek, we will make Paper Molas based on fabric designs from the San Blas Islands of Panama. A lovely and informative article on the Cuna people, and their culture, offers an illustrated story, and can be found at MOLABOOK #3 on the internet.

Create your own comic book!

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Tuesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5 | 1:00-3:00 PM | MC | Grades 6-12

Register today for the COMIC BOOK ACADEMY. In this six-week workshop you will write and illustrate your own comic book, manga, or graphic novel. Jerzy Drozd, creator of The Front, Silver and the Periodic Forces, The Replacements and more will guide you through graphic storytelling, character design, writing the story, penciling the first draft, refining and completing the penciled pages, and inking (or finishing) the pages.

We’ll provide the art supplies, or feel free to bring your own. Register at any information desk or call 327-8301.

1st Grade Reading UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Summer Reading Is UNDER CONSTRUCTION.
All ages can join and get a game card.
If you were in 1st or 2nd grade,
you may enjoy these true stories of people in history.
Rough Tough Charlie; Women Dardeviles: Thrills, Chills, and Frills; Haym Salomon: American Patriot; or The Story of Charles Atlas, Strong Man.

Horse Bits - 2nd to 4th grades

Where are the Horse Stories?
A classic author is Marguerite Henry who wrote Justin Morgan Had A Horse and Misty Of Chincoteague, and more based on true stories.
For easier reading levels, try books on ponies in the
Animal Ark series like Pony At The Point; and the
The Pony Pals series with A Pony For Keeps.

For more difficult reading, try the
Lucky Foot Stable series including Lady's Big Surprise, or the
Heartland series with After The Storm and many more.

Construction Junction

A marshmallow toothpick tower, a Q-Tip ramp or a castle out of cups? It's amazing what unique creations you can come up with from simple objects, a visit to the Scrap Box and your imagination! Children five and up are invited to join us on June 19th at 2:00 pm at the Pittsfield Branch for Construction Junction. Don't eat too many marshmallows!

3rd Annual Lego® Contest and 2nd Annual Manga Drawing Contest Guidelines!

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A year has passed, you've been planning and we can't wait to see what you come up with! We're happy to be hosting our 3rd annual Lego® Contest for preschoolers thru 12th grade. Prizes will be awarded in five age categories. Complete rules and guidelines can be found here. Even if you don't enter the contest we invite you to come and take a look on the evening of Wednesday, July 30 in the Downtown library multi-purpose room - it's a spectacular, but limited time only display. Last year we had over 100 entries! Doors open @ 7.

We invite fans of anime and manga, who also like to draw, or write comics, to enter our 2nd Annual Manga Drawing Contest. Entries are limited to those in grades K - 12. Prizes will be awarded in four age categories! Complete rules and guidelines can be found here. All artwork submitted will be on display in the Downtown Youth Department during the month of August.

It's Summer Reading Time

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Are you ready for summer reading? We are! Register online or in person at any of our locations beginning Friday, June 13.

This year's theme is "Under Construction" and we have fun planned for all ages. Everyone is invited to come hear the exciting West African Sounds of Like Water Drum and Dance at the new Traverwood Branch, July 6, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Adults who really want to stick to the theme can learn about Creating A Green Home in a presentation; by Michael Klement of Architectural Resource, LLC; on green building strategies, July 30, 7:00-8:30 at the Malletts Creek Branch. Children are invited on July 19, 2:00-3:00, to the Pittsfield Branch, to make their own monster trucks by re-using common household items. Or participate in our summer contests! Teens, come get your game on high tech and no tech throughout the summer.

Whether you want to learn; play; hang out; or find new books, magazines, movies and music; you can do it at AADL this summer.

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