PreK Bits - Tigers and Pancakes

Storytime at Malletts Creek and Pittsfield Branches featured Tigers and Pancakes this week.
The original story of "Sam and The Tigers" was written by Helen Bannerman in 1899. By the mid-1900s the story and illustrations were viewed as racist. In early 2000 this story was re-published and newly illustrated in three significant versions.
The Story Of Little Black Sambo
The Story Of Little Babaji
Sam And The Tigers.

Estate Planning

Have you been thinking about getting your affairs in order? It is a necessary but daunting task. A recent survey estimates that upwards of 60% of Americans do not have a will. If you keel over without a will or a living trust, probate court makes all the decisions. That means a big, sad mess for your surviving loved ones.

Parent Bits - New Baby Coming

When the BIG news is... a new child is coming, The Scholastic website offers parents very useful information, and it is very easy to use.
The Library offers books to read with young children in anticipation.
Try Waiting For Gregory;
We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families;
Dear Baby: Letters From Your Big Brother;
Benny And Beautiful Baby Delilah; and
What To Expect When Mommy’s Having a Baby.

Duct-Tape Do-Over!

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Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join us at the latest of our uber-popular duct tape craft workshops. With all supplies provided be prepared to get creative and join the legions of other fans to create your own projects. We will have a wide assortment of duct tape colors and patterns including the elusive plaid tape. Looking for inspiration before the event? Look no further. We'll see you at the Malletts Creek Branch on Tuesday, July 15 from 6:30-8:30 PM. No need to register for this FREE event - see you there!

Pirate Bits - Hoist the Jolly Roger Ya Scallywags!

Spy a spare frigate? Find an eye-patch or few?
Where could you find a pirate if you need one?
At the Library, of course! Find books such as:
How I Became A Pirate;
What If You Met A Pirate?;
Don't Mention Pirates;
Olive's Pirate Party;
Pirate Pete's Talk Like A Pirate.
Yo, Ho Scurvy Mates!

Yoga Storytime

Want to learn some simple yoga poses and enjoy a story or two? Come to Yoga Storytime on Tuesday, July 8th at 2:00 p.m. at the Downtown Library and help us act out fun folktales using your new yoga moves! Check out Yoga Games for Children or Babar's Yoga for Elephants while you're at it.

3rd Grade Reading UNDER CONSTRUCTION

If you are going into 3rd or 4th grade you may like to try:
Mystery Of The Missing Marquess sleuthed by Enola Holmes, 14 year old sister of Sherlock Holmes.
Little Klein and his brothers are adopted by a stray dog one summer.
A Crooked Kind Of Perfect results when Zoe's "perfect" plans go wrong.
If historical facts are fun try Artistry In Stone: Great Structures Of Ancient Egypt.
with new archeological conclusions of how pyramids were built.

New booster seat law

Art WalkArt Walk

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!

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