September 29, 2008

Scary Stories

On Monday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m., popular local storyteller Candace Wolf will make her annual appearance at the library with a program titled “Good Old Halloween Storytelling . One important note: we are asking parents to refrain from bringing very young children; this is an event specifically geared to kids ages 5 and up. Please keep younger siblings at home so we can make this a spookily fun event for kids ages 5 and up! Please register by going to or calling 301-891-7259.

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Autumn Poetry

Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. for a special program titled What's Crackling? Poems of Autumn . Two local poets – Liz Rees and Rosanne Singer – will lead kids in using words, art and movement to create some wonderful seasonal poetry. Please register by going to or by calling 301-891-7259.

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Children's Play

Some experts believe that children’s play – the old-fashioned, unstructured kind of play – is vanishing as children get busier and busier with scheduled activities. Come to the library on Monday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. to watch a special PBS program, Where Do the Children Play?, and then participate in a discussion on the issue. Please register by going to or calling 301-891-7259. If you've already seen the documentary (it recently aired on PBS), join us at 8 p.m. for the discussion and some refreshments. Note: this program is aimed at adults. Please keep the youngest children at home so we can focus on the program.

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Endangered Species

Bears, butterflies and frogs – what do they have in common? Polar bears, Lange's metalmark butterflies and California red-legged frogs are all threatened or endangered species. Did you know that there are more than 1,300 threatened or endangered plants and animals in the United States? How did it happen? Why does it matter? What can you do about it? To celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week, come to the library on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 10:30 a.m. to find out how our national wildlife refuges are working to protect and restore these endangered species. Our program will include games and hands-on activities for the whole family. Please register by going to or calling 301-891-7259.

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Bilingual Circle Time

We'll be offering two Bilingual Circle Times this month: first on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10:30-11 a.m. and then on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Library assistant Lucia Acin-Andion (a native of Spain) and children’s librarian Karen MacPherson will team up to lead a program of songs, rhymes, fingerplays and stories in Spanish and English. This program is aimed at babies, toddlers and preschoolers. No registration required – just come and have fun!

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Read for the Record

Come to a special Circle Time on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. to highlight the importance of early literacy. Our library is among hundreds of libraries and schools nationwide that are participating in the third annual Read for the Record day. The event is sponsored by Jumpstart, a non-profit group that promotes the importance of early literacy. This year’s book is Corduroy by Don Freeman. At our event, we’ll be reading Corduroy, along with doing other Circle Time songs, rhymes and fingerplays. Come join us – no registration required.

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September 11, 2008

Summary Quest 2008

Great summer.

  • 207 kids signed up this year
  • 132 of those kids read at least one book
  • 33 kids finished the SummerQuest
  • 1,051 books were read by kids participating in SummerQuest
  • 254 experience points – extra books – were read by kids participating in SummerQuest
  • 53 kids made items for Challenge No. 7 (“Read a book that teaches you how to make or do something, then make or do it.)
  • Camden read the most books – 59
  • Lily finished second
  • Michelle kept track of how many pages she read - 23 books, for a total of 3,342
  • Bersabeh was the first to finish
  • Conner did every challenge – both path A and path B – and read extra books, for a total of 26 books.
  • Ahamadu also did every SummerQuest challenge, for a total of 13 books.
  • At least ten kids read a total of 20 or more books. In addition to Camden, Lily, Michelle, Bersabeh, Conner and Ahamadu, those kids who read 20 or more books were: Zahava (32 books); Grace (21 books); C.J. and Jeremiah (22 books); Joseph, Rachel and Chimey (20 books)
  • If you add up all the ages of all the kids who signed up, it totals 1,618.9 years!
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