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Go fishing for books

August 21, 2009|By CATHERINE HALL

School has started. For many of you, that means in addition to your own work and household duties, you now need to find time to help kids with homework and drive them to activities, all while still enjoying quality family time.

These hectic days leave many of us longing for a simpler time with simple pleasures. Although we can't go back in time, we can try to make our time more relaxed and enjoyable. As fall approaches, outdoor activities can provide your family with rejuvenating and pleasurable quality time.

One of our county's most popular outdoor activities is fishing. Wherever you are in the county, you are minutes away from a creek, lake, reservoir or river from which you can hook trout, perch, bass or catfish, to name just a few. If you are looking for a way to slow down and still spend time with the family, consider fishing.

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For a list of our county's fishing spots, visit the local Web site of Hook & Bullet at www.hookandbullet.com/c/fishing-hagerstown-md, or contact the Maryland Department of Natural Resources office at 877-620-8367. The MDNR fishing Web site is www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/fishingreport/freshwater.asp.

If you would rather take a fishing trip by story book, or if you want information about fishing for kids, come by the library and check out one of these books:

"Fish for the Grandlady" by Colin Bootman (ages 4 to 8)

In Trinidad, two brothers try fishing in a new place, hoping to bring home a big catch for their grandmother.

"How to Catch a Fish" by John Frank (ages 4 to 8)

Rhyming text and illustrations describe the ways fish are caught in various locations around the world.

"Burt Dow, Deep-Water Man: a Tale of the Sea in the Classic Tradition" by Robert McCloskey (ages 5 to 8)

Burt goes fishing, takes refuge from a storm in a whale's stomach, and decorates a school of whales' tails with striped band-aids.

"Fishing Sunday" by Tony Johnston (ages 5 to 8)

A young boy is embarrassed by his grandfather's old Japanese ways, but on one of their fishing trips, he learns to see his grandfather in a new light.

"The Cod's Tale" by Mark Kurlansky (ages 5 to 9)

Outlines the history of fishing for and consuming codfish from the time of the Vikings through the present.

"Fishing Day" by Andrea Davis Pinkney (ages 5 to 9)

In the Jim Crow South, a young African-American girl decides to share the secret of her and her mother's fishing success with their needy white neighbors.

"June Mountain Secret" by Nina Kidd (ages 6 to 9)

Jen and her father go up a mountain stream and spend the day fishing for wild rainbow trout.

"Legend of the Lure" by Jake Maddox (ages 8 to 10)

Daniel has always heard stories about Big Larry, and when his grandpa dies, he is determined to catch the big fish.

"Captains Courageous" by Rudyard Kipling, adapted by Malvina G. Vogel (ages 8 to 12)

The son of an American millionaire is washed overboard off Newfoundland. He must share the hard life and labor of the fishermen who rescue him.

"Hook, Line, and Seeker: A Personal Guide to Fishing, Boating and Watching Water Wildlife" by Jim Arnosky (ages 8 to 12)

This handbook to fishing, boating and water wildlife brings together Jim Arnosky's knowledge, skills and talents in one wonderful package.

"The Barefoot Fisherman" by Paul Amdahl (ages 9 to 11)

A fishing book for children that describes the sport's equipment, techniques and terms.

Catherine Hall is children's librarian with the Washington County Free Library.

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