Bookmarks 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 PM 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 BABYGARTEN 2 to 24 Month Olds & Parent/Caregiver Wed. 11:00 to 11:45 AM MOTHER GOOSE ON THE LOOSE 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 PIZAZZY PRESCHOOL STORYTIME 3, 4, & 5 Year Olds Mon. 10:00 to 10:30 AM Thur. 1:30 to 2:00 PM PAJAMA PALS STORYTIME 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 program. 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 868-6692. 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.