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 “Express Yourself” at Teen Summer Reading Party

On Wednesday, August 5 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m., the Kent Island Library will host its second “Express Yourself” party for teen summer readers.  The event will feature the Xbox games “Dance, Dance Revolution” and “Guitar Hero” along with board games, crafts, and snacks. All students entering 6th through 12th grades are invited.

In keeping with the summer’s “Express Yourself” theme, the teens voted during the first party to try coffee art, duct tape wallets, and decoupage candles during this second party. Supplies for these crafts will be provided.<!-- pagebreak -->

The reading competition between over 100 teens on Team Teen and the library and middle school staff on Team Library has remained close all summer. The adults currently lead by just a few books’ worth of pages.

Through August 7, teens may continue to join “Team Teen” by picking up their official “Express Yourself” reading log at the Kent Island Library, 200 Library Circle, Stevensville. Team members report the titles of books and number of pages read, and page counts are tallied on a scoreboard in the teen section of the Kent Island Library.

Bowling For Hollahs

Queen Anne's Bowlingby Mary McCarthy

I love bowling. Although I often find myself to be a sub-par soccer mom, I loved the time I was a Bowling Mom. If you can sit in an air conditioned building and eat a sausage, cheese and fried egg sandwich or even order a beer while watching your kids play their sport, you have hit Sports Parent Paydirt! The kids duckpin bowling league in the fall takes place on Saturday mornings and is lots of fun.

The Queen Anne’s Bowling Centre is just a hop, skip and a jump away from Centreville- about 10 miles up the road on Rt. 213 North. It’s a great place for indoor birthday parties, but my favorite thing to do with the kids is go up there on a summer Wednesday evening. From 5 to 10 pm on Wednesdays, it’s Family Night. This means that, for $9 a person, you get 2 games of bowling, 2 slices of pizza, a soda and bowling shoes. So a family of four gets a night out together for $36- not including the all-important Ms. Pac Man quarters or a candy bar from the machine!

 

Meet Illustrator Michael Hague

Alice in Wonderlandby Erin Mawn

This post is not not about a book, but an illustrator. Some people do not understand what appeal children’s books have to a ‘grown-up’, but personally I cannot see how they are able to resists the temptations of them! Their covers call to me, the artwork inside is slipping into childhood again; to spend hours just leafing through books, absorbing the drawings and memorizing them so that I can see them again in my memory whenever I like is a great privilege.

I was fortunate enough to meet one of my favorite illustrators recently. I was visiting relatives in Colorado and was informed that there was to be a book signing with this illustrator, whom I had a corresponded with before on a couple of occasions.

Michael Hague has illustrated classics such as The Wind in the Willows, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, and The Secret Garden. He also illustrates books written by his wife, Kathleen Hague who has penned the popular books Alphabears and Good Night, Fairies.

Monkeys and Gators and Bears - and a Playground!

Hidden among the trees by a meandering river lies Wicomico County's hidden gem: The Salisbury Zoo. Free at all times, the zoo offers a relaxing glimpse and educational information on more than 30 breeds of animals in a park-like setting. The tree-covered paths are cool and breezy and wide enough for easy stroller handling. Real bathrooms and water fountains always make a park more pleasant. Staff are on hand to answer questions or provide interesting tidbits: did you know Flamingos are born white, they turn pink because of the food they ingest? (I vote for a purple flamingo - but folks tend to be traditional!)

Children (and parents) will enjoy the amazing community-built playground at the entrance to the zoo. The adjacent park offers paddle-boat rental, picnic spots and barbecue pits.

The park is easy to find and parking is free. They are open year-round, with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Visit their website for directions and more information: Salisbury Zoo.

Create Handmade Paper

Marbled PaperMarbled PaperChildren to Create Handmade Paper at St. Michaels Library

On Monday, August 10, and Friday, August 14, from 2:00 to 3:15 p.m., children 10 and older will have the opportunity to create their own handmade paper in a program taught by Diana Hastings at the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library. Papermaking is an ancient art with origins that can be traced all the way back to the Pharaohs. Hastings, who holds a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from the University of Maryland and teaches at The Benedictine School, has long used handmade paper in her own art. She taught this same class at the library’s Easton branch in June and it was immensely popular with both children and their parents.

(Note: Parents must pre-register their children for this program. This is a two-day program. To register, children must be available to attend both days.)

For more information, call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit http://www.tcfl.org.

Fab Flowers for Fab Kids at Library

On Wednesday, July 29, at 4:00 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer children aged 4 – 10 the chance to meet some “Fabulous Flowers.” In the program, presented by the Pickering Creek Audubon Center, participants will discover a variety of local flowers and the vital role they play in our environment.

Parents need to pre-register their children for this program. For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit http://www.tcfl.org.

Kentavius Jones - Free Song-Writing Class

Kentavius Jones - Free Song-Writing Class

On Monday, July 27, from 6:00 – 7:45 p.m., local musician Kentavius Jones will offer a class in song-writing and instrumentation for 9th through 12th graders in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library. The class will cover the way in which songs are created and structured, as well as the hows and wherefores of fitting words to music.

Prospective students need to pre-register for this program (Note: class size is limited to 15). Kentavius Jones’ class is supported with funds from the Talbot County Arts Council. For more information, call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit http://www.tcfl.org.

Coastal Consignment Fall Kids Sale

~Registration for both sales now open~
2009 Fall/Winter
Children’s Consignment Sale and Mommy Boutique

Admission is FREE !!!
We accept Visa/Matercard and CASH

Shop Friday for best selection
Many items ? price on Saturday

We have a limited number of shopping baskets available, but feel free to bring laundry baskets to use while shopping. Due to space restrictions and shoplifting, strollers & bags (diaper, shopping etc) are not permitted for shopping and will be checked at the door...please do not bring them to the event.

DE State Fairgrounds (Exhibit Hall) ~ Harrington, Delaware
Friday, August 14th 9am - 7pm
Saturday August 15th 9am - 1pm

Wicomico Youth & Civic Center (Midway Room) ~ Salisbury, Maryland
Friday September 11th 9am - 7pm
Saturday September 12th 9am - 1pm

A portion of the proceeds from the Salisbury event will go to the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore.

Coastal Consignment Fall Kid's Sale

~Registration for both sales now open~
2009 Fall/Winter
Children’s Consignment Sale and Mommy Boutique

Admission is FREE !!!
We accept Visa/Matercard and CASH

Shop Friday for best selection
Many items ? price on Saturday

We have a limited number of shopping baskets available, but feel free to bring laundry baskets to use while shopping. Due to space restrictions and shoplifting, strollers & bags (diaper, shopping etc) are not permitted for shopping and will be checked at the door...please do not bring them to the event.

DE State Fairgrounds (Exhibit Hall) ~ Harrington, Delaware
Friday, August 14th 9am - 7pm
Saturday August 15th 9am - 1pm

Wicomico Youth & Civic Center (Midway Room) ~ Salisbury, Maryland
Friday September 11th 9am - 7pm
Saturday September 12th 9am - 1pm

A portion of the proceeds from the Salisbury event will go to the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore.

Creative Journey Through Illustration with illustrator

Wednesday, July 29, 10:30 a.m.
Creative Journey Through Illustration with illustrator Celia Yitzhak
For ages 5-12

Free of charge. No registration required.
Kent Island Branch Library, 200 Library Circle, Stevensville, MD; 410-643-8161

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