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Books Your Kids Will LOVE this Valentine’s Day

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  When I was a classroom teacher, I did whatever I could not to make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day.  I bought heart-covered pencils for my students, created a special morning message about Valentine’s Day, and I believe that was it.  How boring of me!

Truth be told, I didn’t want to lose a day of class time to special activities.  However, there is a way to make Valentine’s Day fun and educational.  For instance, one can take a day off from writing workshop (If you’re on-track with the unit you’re in and principal doesn’t mind!) to do some Valentine’s Day writing.  You can do a read aloud or two to inspire your students to write poems, comic books, short stories, and artwork. Then your students can give share their pieces with their family or friends after school.

Pigs Fly Over Anne Arundel County Libraries

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About 40 children and their parents came out to Annapolis Area Library Monday afternoon to "travel" around the world with Chester, Buster and Suzy Pig.

The 45-minute show, called "If Pigs Could Fly," is put on by Blue Sky Puppet Theatre.

The puppet company kicked off its summer Dream Big, Read tour in Annapolis and will travel around Anne Arundel County libraries. Their inaugural performance was June 25th at the Annapolis Area Library.

Beat the Heat with Summer Reading @ your library

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Around the time that Benjamin Harrison was president of the United States and Yosemite National Park was brand new, summer reading programs started taking hold in libraries as a way for parents and teachers to keep kids reading during their summer vacations. On farms and in city neighborhoods alike, children were able to take a reading tour of Yosemite long before families could climb in their car and head for a vacation in a national park.

Baltimore County Public Library’s Storyville Turns One!

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The Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL) is celebrating its first anniversary of Storyville, the unique, interactive early learning and literacy center for preschoolers (ages 0-5 years) to visit with their parents and caregivers located inside the Rosedale Library. A joint project of the Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library and the library that opened in February 2008, the colorful minitown of Storyville was designed as a catalyst for school readiness in a way that would make learning fun. One reporter called it “a literacy wonderland.”

Topeka's New Teen Center

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On Thursday, October 30th, 4-6 pm, the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library hosts the AT&T Grand Opening of a new center dedicated to teen (12-18) library users. AT&T, the Real Yellow Pages, is the sponsor of our grand opening event. Teens attending Thursdays opening have the chance to win two $250 gift certificates to AT&T Mobile. Other giveaways will be provided until they are gone.

Young readers get boost with home libraries on Saturday

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East Palo Alto nonprofit 10 Books a Home to host bookshelf painting, distribution event for 40 early readers and families.

A few years ago, Paul Thiebaut came up with a simple mantra: Success starts at home. These days, he wants to make that happen.

On Saturday (Aug. 6), his two-year-old literacy nonprofit 10 Books a Home (10BH) will host its first event, A Bookcase in Every Home, at a private residence in Redwood City. Approximately 40 East Palo Alto preschoolers and kindergartners will attend, along with their families and 22 volunteers.