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October 19, 2007
Here are some new books offered by the Children's Department of the Washington County Free Library. Picture books: · "17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore" by Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter · "Grumpy Bird" by Jeremy Tankard · "Ancient Thunder" by Leo Yerxa Juvenile fiction: · "Feathers" by Jacqueline Woodson · "Eggs" by Jerry Spinelli · "Lawn Boy" by Gary Paulsen ...
NEWS
May 22, 2001
Black Eyed Susan Awards: Kids know best What do you get when you take awards given to books for children voted on by children? Since 1992, the Maryland Black Eyed Susan Awards have been selected by Maryland students. Members of the Black Eyed Susan Awards Committee read, discuss and choose a small number of books that students will vote on. The winners are chosen from four categories: picture books, grades 4 to 6, grades 6 to 8 and high school. This year's winners include: "Holes" by Louis Sachar, for grades six to eight "Someone Like You" by Sarah Dessen, for high school "The Killer's Cousin" by Nancy Werlin, for high school To check out these and past award winners, go to the Black Eyed Susan home page on the Web at www.tcps.
NEWS
by LISA TEDRICK PREJEAN | October 3, 2003
There are several things that make a picture book worthwhile. Does it have engaging text? Are the illustrations appropriate? Is the storyline somewhat predictable? Does good win out over evil? When a book has all these elements, it's sure to be a winner with young children. Such was the case when I read "I Don't Like Mosquitoes!" to my children. The book, written by Michael Ambrosio and illustrated by Bob Langan, is part of the duo's "I Don't" series of picture books for children ages 4 to 8. The story is about a golden retriever puppy, Poochiegrass, who makes a mosquito mad. Throughout the book, the mosquito seeks revenge.
NEWS
January 18, 2002
Stories are a great way to learn Teaching your child - By Lisa Tedrick Prejean "Each buffalo child is quite perfect at birth. It needs no permission to live. Some nod of approval or threat of removal Is something that's not yours to give. " - from "The Calico Buffalo" by EJ Stapleton If you want to teach a child a principle, tell him a story. Give him the freedom to view things as they unfold for the characters. Let him slip into the underdog's shoes.
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by LISA TEDRICK PREJEAN | March 19, 2004
Each spring my children look forward to observing the birds that make their nests in various places around our home. Last year, a mother bird built her nest on the top step of our treehouse sliding board ladder. The kids didn't even try to slide down the chute for about a month. They feared disturbing our little feathered friends. Fear didn't stop them from climbing up so far for a peek, though. There's something fascinating about baby birds - how they hatch from eggs and open their little beaks wide, anticipating the food Momma Bird will bring.
NEWS
By DANA BROWN | July 17, 2010
BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. -- With empty boxes, bags and totes in hand, area bookworms squirmed as they waited for the opening of the Blue Ridge Summit Free Library's 37th annual book sale Saturday. "People were in line at 9 a.m. salivating," library board member Duke Martin of Fairfield, Pa., said. "We tell them not to slobber on the books," he added with a laugh. The book sale, held in conjunction with an ice cream social, is one of two fundraisers held by the library's board each year to benefit the free library, which serves patrons in four counties in two states.
NEWS
By CATHERINE HALL | February 13, 2009
February is brimming with reasons for celebration: Valentine's Day, Black History Month, President's Day. But did you know that February is also Bake for Family Fun Month? The Home Baking Association made this month- long designation to encourage families to discover the economical and enjoyable traditions of baking. You may wish to explore the recipes and tips online at www.homebaking.org. Now, get out the baking pans, tie on your apron and get to the library to check out one of these baking themed children's books: Picture books "All in Just One Cookie" by Susan Goodman (ages 4 to 9)
NEWS
by LISA PREJEAN | July 14, 2006
So what have you been reading this summer? I've been satisfying my interest in history and placating romantic notions thanks to the pen of Gilbert Morris. While working my way through Morris' House of Winslow series, I've journeyed on the Titanic and have felt the terror of an air raid on England during World War I. I've shared tidbits from the storylines with my mechanically inclined husband. We talked about how airplanes were used in World War I first for observation of enemy troops and then for combat.
NEWS
By AREN MACPHERSON / Scripps Howard News Service | December 4, 2008
Here's a look at some of my favorite children's books published this year: BOARD BOOKS: "Baby Happy Baby Sad" and "No No Yes Yes" (Candlewick Press, $6.99 each). Babies and toddlers, as well as their parents, will love the humorous way that author/illustrator Leslie Patricelli tackles teaching the concept of opposites. (Ages infant-2.) PICTURE BOOKS: "Wave" (Chronicle Books, $15.99). In this spectacularly illustrated picture book, author/artist Suzy Lee vividly captures a young girl's reactions as she plays in the waves.
NEWS
By DONNA BORGARDT / Special to The Herald-Mail | May 21, 2010
In just over a week, the 2010 Summer Reading Club (SRC) will begin. This year the library invites young readers to "Make a Splash - Read!" at your local branch with water-themed events and crafts. Sign-up begins June 1 at every Washington County Free Library branch. Upon signing up, each participant (ages 5 to 10) will receive a reading log, a temporary tattoo, a coupon for a Chik-fil-A ice cream cone, a challenge to read at least 10 books this summer and an invitation to join in the free and fun programming offered at your local library.
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LIFESTYLE
May 22, 2013
Washington County Free Library announced the winners of the 2013 Easy Picture Book Writing Contest. The contest offers five age divisions: grades two to three; grades four to five; grades six to eight; grades nine to 12; and adults. On May 15, parents and family members gathered at a reception at the Smithsburg Branch Library honoring the winners. First place winners in each category, Arione Heise, Stephanie Vicarte, William Stann Jr., Hannah Grim and Anna Olszewski will have copies of their books placed in the library collection.
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LIFESTYLE
February 22, 2013
The Washington County Free Library announces the annual Easy Picture Book Writing Contest. The contest includes five age divisions: Children in grades 2 and 3; 4 and 5; 6 to 8; 9 to 12; and adult. Entrants must be a resident of Washington County, or have a valid Washington County Free Library Card. One entry per person will be accepted. All text and illustrations must be original work. All entries must include author and illustrator names and age division, address and telephone number.
NEWS
January 15, 2013
Washington County Free Library will hold its annual Easy Picture Book Writing Contest. The contest includes five age divisions: children in grades two and three; grades four and five; grades six to eight; grades nine to 12; and adult. Entrants must be a resident of Washington County, or have a valid Washington County Free Library Card. Only one entry per person will be accepted. All text and illustrations must be original work and can be on any topic of the writer's choice.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 2011
In celebration of Children's Book Week - May 7 to 13 - Washington County Free Library invites local residents to write and illustrate a children's picture book. The 2012 Easy Picture Book Writing Contest is open to all writers from second grade to adult. Entrants must be residents of Washington County or have a valid Washington County Free Library card. Entries will be judged in five categories - grades 2 and 3; grades 4 and 5; grades 6, 7 and 8; grades 9 through 12; and adult.
NEWS
By DANA BROWN | July 17, 2010
BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. -- With empty boxes, bags and totes in hand, area bookworms squirmed as they waited for the opening of the Blue Ridge Summit Free Library's 37th annual book sale Saturday. "People were in line at 9 a.m. salivating," library board member Duke Martin of Fairfield, Pa., said. "We tell them not to slobber on the books," he added with a laugh. The book sale, held in conjunction with an ice cream social, is one of two fundraisers held by the library's board each year to benefit the free library, which serves patrons in four counties in two states.
NEWS
May 22, 2010
Washington County Free Library has announced the winners of its fourth annual Easy Picture Book Writing Contest. The contest is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Library and is held each year in celebration of Children's Book Week, observed this year from May 10 to 16. The first-place winner in each division received a certificate of recognition and a hardbound edition of his/her book. A copy of each winning entry was also placed in the library's collection. First-place winners include Olivia Miller (grades two-three)
NEWS
By DONNA BORGARDT / Special to The Herald-Mail | May 21, 2010
In just over a week, the 2010 Summer Reading Club (SRC) will begin. This year the library invites young readers to "Make a Splash - Read!" at your local branch with water-themed events and crafts. Sign-up begins June 1 at every Washington County Free Library branch. Upon signing up, each participant (ages 5 to 10) will receive a reading log, a temporary tattoo, a coupon for a Chik-fil-A ice cream cone, a challenge to read at least 10 books this summer and an invitation to join in the free and fun programming offered at your local library.
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