Myriad free fun activities for spring break next week  
Next week is spring break for our kids, and your library is hosting free special events every day to mark the occasion:
Monday, April 4 is a special short story writing session from 4-5 p.m. for teens in the seventh-12th grade.  Come and learn some short story writing techniques while beginning your very own short story.

Tuesday, April 5 is teen gaming from 4-5:30 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Wednesday, April 6 is Read with a Ranger from 2-3 p.m. for kids aged six-10.  Join Ranger Brandon from the U.S. Forest Service as we celebrate spring with nature-themed books and activities.

Thursday, April 7 is craft day for all ages from 11 a.m. – noon.  We’ll have a variety of crafts to do.

Friday, April 8 from 2-3:30 p.m. is a PG animated Disney movie for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to name the film in the media, but you can find it on the activities calendars available at your library.

Automatic checkout station delayed
The installation of our new automatic self-checkout station has been delayed.  We had hoped to have it up and running by the end of this month, but internal testing at the manufacturer’s location still needs to be done.  Then comes installation here at the library, staff training and loading the dispenser. We will keep you posted.

Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.

Teen advisory board
Next Thursday, April 7 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. We hope you will bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs you will enjoy.

Free all-ages gaming
Join us tomorrow (Friday, April 1) for an all-ages gaming session from 2-3:15 p.m.  Enjoy video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Free tech sessions
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  Drop in with your technology questions – but note that Thursday, April 7 is cancelled.   A more formal session requiring advance registration is Facebook for Individuals using the browser on Monday, April 4 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Learn the basics of a Facebook account.  Please note that this class is specific to the method you want to use on Facebook, and this is for those using it through their browser – Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome.  The April 11 session will be for those using Facebook via an app (an icon on their smartphone or tablet).

Free preschool storytime
Join Miss Leah every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. when preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills.  Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby and toddler storytimes
Stories, songs and fingerplays with Miss Leah for you and your little ones on Saturdays.  Note split sessions:  Baby time from 9:05 to 9:25 for 0 to 12 months.  Toddlers from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  for 12-36 months.  If you have multiple little ones, please come to whatever storytime is most convenient for you and your family.

Free programmed Nooks
Reminder:  We have nine Nooks and three tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure.  The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers.  The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

“Hotel Transylvania 2” is an animated monster comedy.  “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954-1965” is the PBS documentary.  “Life” is the BBC Natural History documentary.  “Heidi” is the classic starring Shirley Temple.  “Ambassador Bill” is a comedy starring Will Rogers.  “Rat Race” is a comedy.  “Makers: Women Who Make America” is a PBS documentary.  We also have three Will Rogers films – “Too Busy to Work,”  “David Harum” and “Mr. Skitch.”

Large print
“Cometh the Hour” by Jeffrey Archer is the sixth book in the Clifton Chronicles series.  “Wedding Cake Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swenson mystery with recipes.

How-to and self-help
“How to Eat in the Woods” by Bradford Angier is a guide to foraging, trapping, fishing and finding sustenance in the wild.  “One Dough Ten Breads” by Sarah Black shows you how to modify dough for a variety of breads.  “100 Million Years of Food” by Stephen Le describes what our ancestors ate and why it matters today.  “The Cannabis Cookbook” by Tim Pilcher offers 35 recipes for meals, munchies and more.  “Good Berry Bad Berry” by Helen Yoest shows you what’s edible, what’s toxic and how to tell the difference.

Other nonfiction
“Sisi” by Allison Pataki is the story of Empress Elizabeth of Austria-Hungary.  “The Runner-up Presidency” by Mark Weston looks at the four men who lost the popular vote but still became U.S. Presidents.  “Snowball in a Blizzard” by Dr. Steven Hatch explores the difficulties doctors face in making accurate diagnoses.  “Integration Nation” by Susan E. Eaton offers examples of those who have overcome anti-immigration hysteria by choosing integration over exclusion.  “Blood Brothers” by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith tells of the fatal friendship between Mohammad Ali and Malcolm X.  “Babe” by Glenn Stout documents the historic importance to baseball of the trade of Babe Ruth to the Yankees by the Boston Red Sox.  “The Good Death” by Ann Neumann looks at the way we talk about dying and how we actually die.  “The Black Calhouns” by Gail Lumet Buckley, daughter of Lena Horne, delves into the history of one black family from Civil war to civil rights.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense
“Deep Blue” by Randy Wayne White is the latest Doc White thriller.  “Two if by Sea” by Jacquelyn Mitchard begins when a man rescues a young boy with an extraordinary gift from a tsunami.  “Private Paris” by James Patterson and Mark T. Sullivan is the latest in the Private thriller series.  “The God’s Eye View” by Barry Eisler goes behind NSA’s surveillance program.

Other novels
“The Total Package” by Stephanie Evanovich is a romance.  “The North Water” by Ian McGuire is an adventure set on a whaler in the Arctic Circle.  “Property of a Noblewoman” by Danielle Steel begins with the finding of treasures in an an abandoned safe deposit box.

Music CDs
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you.  You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

Local artist donation
Many thanks from us and all our youngest patrons to local artist Diane Wenzel for donating a whimsical multi-colored fish mobile to the library to hang in the children’s area.  It is beautiful, made from metal and wood, with brown, pink, orange, green and red colors on it.  Watch for it hanging on the first window on the left in the children’s area the next time you visit your library.

Thanks to our other donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Julie Fox, Dona Sehon and Codie Wilson – with a very special thank you to our anonymous benefactor for donating several Academy Award winning and nominated movies for our DVD collection.

Quotable Quote
“As a little girl growing up in Wilmington, Delaware, whenever I found myself in a conundrum I looked to my father for advice.  And always he offered the same encouragement:  ‘Ask yourself, what’s the worst that could happen?  Someone might tell you no, but there’s no harm in that.’  So I learned: Just take a chance.” – Susan Stroman, Broadway director and choreographer.

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