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Fun with Play Dough

Do you have plans for this weekend? A wave of my magic wand and I have the solution for keeping the kids busy.  

 Mudworks: Creative Clay, Dough and Modeling Experiences  by MaryAnn F. Kohl. 
Simply put, the suggested activities are awesome. This book offers a delightfully messy range of creative activities for children, and the projects won't cost you a bundle of cash.   

Into the Wild West

Have you ever wondered what it was like living during the American Wild West?  If so, check out these books.  Bulls-Eye: a Photobiography of Annie Oakley by Sue Macy  is one of my personal favorites.

Spring Break Fun

Have you ever considered getting a ferret for a pet?  Members of the Houston Area Ferrets Association will be presenting a special program just for children, and will disscuss the care and special needs of ferrets.  Children will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with these fabulous creatures. This program will be in place of our Family Storytime Program.

When: Monday, March 14th @ 7:00 pm 

Recommended age: 4 years old & up.

Tickets are not required but space is limited.

You're Invited

 

 

Songwriter and musician, Mike Tauser, will be sharing the original songs he has created and books by Dr. Seuss. Children will then have an opportunity to visit with the Cat in the Hat, and make a creative top hat of their very own. Don't forget your cameras!

Tickets are not required.  Space is limited.

 

Is there a Golden Ticket?

It has long been a trend for film makers is to create films based on children’s literature.  I am sure you have heard the saying, “the book is better than the movie.” In my opinion, that is certainly true. In order to make a movie, they must cut or expand the content of the original story which causes it to become distorted. Consequently, movies rarely match the experience that you have created in your mind while reading.
 

Black History Month Display

Next time you visit the Atascocita Branch Library, make sure to stop at our display on African Americans and the Civil War.  Please let us know if you would like to check out any of the books, or if you would like additional assistance finding items. This display was created by Circulation Assistant,  Janet Gibbons.

Additional Information

Underground Railroad, American Civil War

Most African Americans resisted enslavement. Whenever possible, individuals attempted to liberate themselves by running away. This Web site explores the history of the Underground Railroad that existed in the early 19th century to help enslaved people flee the South. The site contains topic headings, a chronology of events, photographs, maps, and more!

For the Love of Books

 Storytimes this week will include a fun holiday craft. 

Toddler Tales (2 to 3 year olds)

Wednesday @ 10 am & 1:30 pm

 Storytime Pals (3 to 6 year olds)

Thursday @ 10 am

Please arrive on time for space is limited.

Spring will come early this year.

According to Punxsutawney Phil, America's most famous groundhog, spring will come early this year.   Since, most of America is covered with ice and snow, this is welcomed news that brings  a pinch of hope for warmer weather and sun filled skies. 

 

Booklist

Texas Bluebonnet List 2011-2012

The Bluebonnet Award is a project of the Texas Library Association and is co-sponsored by the Children's Roundtable and the Texas Association of School Librarians, both of the Texas Library Association from suggestions from librarians, teachers, parents, students, and others. Students in grades 3-6 vote in January for the winner.

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