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                                          Poquoson Public Library Newsletter, Fall 2005
                                                             Volume 7, Issue 2

   The Smartest Card. Get It. Use It @ Your Library.
September is Library Card Sign-up Month - a time when the American Library Association and
libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply
of all. The observance was launched in 1987 to meet the challenge of then Secretary of Education,
William J. Bennett, who said, "Let's have a national campaign. Every child should obtain a library
card and use it." Since then, public and school libraries join each fall in a national effort to ensure
every child does just that. First Lady Laura Bush said, "Libraries are community treasure chests,
loaded with a wealth of information available to everyone equally, and the key to that treasure
chest is the library card. I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card." If
you know how to use a library, you know how to learn for a lifetime. The library card is totally free,
has no maintenance fee, doesn't have an expiration date, and you can't go over your limit. Spread
the word. Are you carrying the smartest card?

                     Get Connected @ Your Library

 Computer Basics                  Friday, Oct 7th       10:00 AM to 12:00

 Identify components and how they work.

 Searching the Net                 Sunday, Oct 16th     2:00 to 3:30 PM

 Navigate the Internet to find information.

 Using E-Mail                      Sunday, Oct 23rd 2:00 to 3:30 PM

 Learn electronic mail basics. If you need an e-mail account, please arrive 30 minutes early.

           Space is limited; please sign up early. Register @ the Circulation Desk

                                 Better Than Ever...
We have recently revamped the Library's website to make it more attractive and user friendly. Log
on to http://www.ci.poquoson.va.us/library and check it out.
                      Babygarten @ Your Library

                            An Early Literacy Program for Children

Beginning in September, Poquoson Public Library, in partnership with Poquoson Kiwanis Club, will
provide a new, innovative program for the library's youngest patrons! This nationally used and
research based curriculum is designed for children 2 to 24 months of age.

Research continues to show how important early literacy is. This begins
very young...when the synapses in infants' brains are making those first
connections that will last them for a lifetime! During class, we will model
reading, rhymes, and activities that parents and caregivers can use to
provide the richest literacy environment possible.

Catch our vision, bring your babe, and join us in Babygarten.

                                Register @ the Circulation Desk

                              Calling All Kids...
                        FALL STORYTIME SESSIONS
                            September 12th - December 16th, 2005

2 to 24 Month Olds & Parent/Caregiver                 Wed. 11:00 to 11:45 AM

Child & Parent/Caregiver
2 & 3 Year Olds                                       Mon. 11:00 to 11:30 AM
2, 3, & 4 Year Olds                                   Tue. 10:00 to 10:30 AM

3, 4, & 5 Year Olds                                   Mon. 10:00 to 10:30 AM
                                                      Thur. 1:30 to 2:00 PM

3 to 8 Year Olds & Family                             Thur. 7:00 to 7:30 PM

                                Register @ the Circulation Desk
                                     Let's Book It!
     1st - 5th graders, join us for the following stories that are guaranteed to make you giggle!

 The Legend of Spud Murphy by Eoin Colfer
 Thursday, Nov 3rd                                                           4:30 to 5:30 PM

A day in the library with Spud Murphy and his gas-powered spud gun - pure torture. Come make
"spud prints" and sample potato treats.

 How To Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
 Thursday, Nov 10th                                                          4:30 to 5:30 PM

 Billy made a bet, and now he has to eat 15 fried worms! Does he succeed with this task that's
 so "hard to swallow"? Enjoy "wormy" games and crafts.

 The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle
 Thursday, Nov 17th                 4:30 to 5:30 PM

 What is the "Giggler Treatment", and why is Mr. Mack in for it?
 Make a Giggler, tickle your funny bone with jokes, and sample
 some doggie treats.

           Register @ the Circulation Desk

                           Sunday...Family Day
All ages, join us for an afternoon of fun and crafts. Celebrate books that recently became movies!

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Sunday, Oct 9th                                              3:00 to 4:00 PM
Opal rescues a big, ugly dog who helps her meet people and make new friends. We'll have fun
making a dog and your own wishing tree.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Sunday, Nov 6th                                                   3:00 to 4:00 PM
Interesting things happen in Willie Wonka's chocolate factory. YUM - we'll make a chocolate craft
and taste different kinds of chocolate.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Sunday, Dec 4th                                                   3:00 to 4:00 PM
Four children enter a wardrobe and find themselves in a magical land. Make your own enchanted
wardrobe and other crafts.
                               Register @ the Circulation Desk
                                         Children's Book Week
                                                November 14th - 20th, 2005

                              Celebrate Children and Books with us! Since 1919,
                              educators, librarians, booksellers, and families have
                              celebrated Children's Book Week the week before
                              Thanksgiving. The theme for this 86th annual
                              observance is Imagine. Each time you come to the
                              library this week, have fun imagining what it might be like
                              to be a favorite book character like Harry Potter, Amelia
                              Bedelia, Judy Moody, or Clifford!

         Celebrate "Read Aloud to a Child"
        Just Grandma (or Grandpa) and Me!

Tuesday, Nov 15th                                  12:30 PM

Bring your grandchildren and join Grandma Beth Check and her
granddaughter in "Tea for Two" stories and a tea party @ your library! Grandma Beth will share
fun dress up clothes and tips on how to get the most out of reading aloud to your grandchild.

                                                      Magic 4 U

                             Saturday, Nov 19th               11:00                        AM

                             Kidabra! Culminate our Children's Book Week celebration with a
                             fantastic time! Imagine how this talented magician, Brad Matchett,
                             performs his magic with tricks and balloons! Check out books so
                             that you, too, can tickle someone's imagination!

                              Register @ the Circulation Desk
                              Teen Scene
                             Teen Advisory Board
Middle & High Schoolers, the Teen Advisory Board needs your voice! Lend us your thoughts and
ideas about how to make our library AND our community even better and stronger! Check out our
NEW meeting time! Go to your after school activities or sports practices and STILL make our
meetings. Join us from 4:30 to 5:30 PM on the following dates: Sep 12th, Oct 24th, Nov 21st, and
Dec 12th.

                                Fact or Fiction?
Friday, Nov 4th                                       6:00 to 7:30 PM
Teens, with the library all to ourselves, come munch pizza and "chew
on" several different and intriguing urban legends. Then YOU decide ...
fact or fiction? Bring $2 for pizza and be ready to debate your opinions
with a buddy!
                     Register @ the Circulation Desk

                                   "Scarf" It Up
                             Sundays, Nov 13th & 20th                         2:00 to 3:30 PM

                             Teens, those trendy, fuzzy scarves are cool!          Wanna make one
                             yourself? Spend two fun afternoons with us AND have a pretty
                             accessory or a gift for a friend! Bring knitting needles, a skein of
                             your favorite yarn, and get ready to cast on ... knit one ... purl two.
                                              Register @ the Circulation Desk

                  Get "Reel" During Teen Read Week
Hey teens! Do you have a favorite book that has been made into a
movie? Drop in anytime during Teen Read Week, October 16th - 22nd,
cast your vote, and "Get Reel @ Your Library." Find out the winning
entry on Monday, October 31st.
                   Fall Adult Programs

           Get the Most Out of Your Digital Camera

Saturday, Nov 19th                                    2:00 to 3:30 PM

Let Paul Showalter, a local photography enthusiast, show you how to
take a really good photograph, how to share it on-line, how to save and
print, and how to make your photos even better using a digital editing

                  Register @ the Circulation Desk

                                          Stampin' Up!

                         Tuesday, Oct 25th                        7:00 to 8:30 PM

                         Come and learn how to make beautiful, easy, and fun gifts with
                         Viviene Coolbear, from Stampin' Up. Projects will include greeting
                         cards, bookmarks, and stationary. Materials will be provided. Come
                         and bring a friend!

                                            Register @ the Circulation Desk

                                          Go Organic!
           Monday, Nov 7th                                                    7:00 to 8:30 PM

        Organic vegetables and organic gardening are "fast-growing" trends. A representative
            from Ken Matthews Garden Center will talk about organic gardening, including
            fertilization and pest control. The presentation includes a slide show and a question
       and answer session. Come and learn how to make your garden more earth-friendly.

                                           Register @ the Circulation Desk
                               FUNtastic Reading!
                                You Did -- All Summer

565 children, teens, and adults read 9,322 books. 1,317 readers enjoyed summer reading with
clowns, magicians, sports figures, an author, crafters, scientists, family, and friends. Thanks for
reading with us!

                                Thanks, Friends
Through various fund-raising projects, Friends of the Poquoson Public Library, a nonprofit
organization, donated $23,000 for the library's new shelving and $7,500 for computer equipment,
as well as various educational, informational, and cultural programs last year. Become a Friend
today. For more information, call 868-7773 or 868-8622 or inquire @ the Circulation Desk.

                               Scholarships Awarded
Congratulations to Amanda Newbold and Kasey Jackson, recipients of the 2005 Elizabeth Tai
Scholarship! Kasey will attend the University of Virginia, while Amanda will attend Old Dominion
University.   PHS seniors who volunteer for any public library may be eligible for the '06
scholarships. For more information, contact the PHS Guidance Office or call 868-9352.

                                Paperback Book Sale
                                        Oct 15th & 16th

Donations of paperback books are needed for the sale, which will be held at the Seafood Festival
in Poquoson Municipal Park. Proceeds will be used to support library resources. D rop your
donations off at the library during normal business hours. For more information, call 868-0228 or

                                         Book Club

This group meets every 3rd Wednesday in members' homes to share ideas about authors and
books. For more information, call 766-7931.

    **The artwork in the header of this newsletter is the work of Kenny Elliot, a student in Mrs.
                          VanDeventer's 8th grade Advanced Art Class.

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