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June 7, 2012

Digital books classes set

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If you have a new digital device for on-line books and want to learn how to use the library's Download Zone, sign up for one of our classes. Librarian Sarah Livingston is conducting this hands-on workshop. Participants should bring their laptop and be able to connect to a wireless Internet connection. The class will focus on laptop users, but anyone interested in learning may attend. Kindle class attendees do not need to bring their own laptop, but may bring one if they prefer.Those who attend are asked to sign up for one time slot. Classes are about one to 1½ hours long and are free. Call the library at 432-1980 or stop at the front desk to register. Registration is required. Classes are as follows:

Kindle Format: 3 p.m. June 18 or 19; 10:30 a.m. June 20 or 22; or 7 p.m. June 21.

Non-Kindle Format and Tablets/Smartphones: 2:30 p.m. June 15 or 22; 1 p.m. June 18; 10 a.m. June 19; or 5 p.m. June 21.

Riley's Final Adventure

For the last two weeks you've been reading winning short stories from our Riley contest. Here is the final winning story written by Anna, age 11.

Riley's Strange Adventure

One normal summer day (or so Riley thought) a boy named Riley was walking down Main St. and eating a vanilla cupcake with strawberry frosting. Riley was tired of walking so he decided to sit down on the side walk curb. He watched as cars whizzed past him. "Green one," Riley thought. While Riley was distracted by the cars he didn't notice an eagle circling above him, about ten feet in the air. Riley thought he heard a cawing noise so he looked up at the sky.

He spotted the eagle and said "That is so cool!" as he pointed the eagle out to people passing him. They nodded in agreement and stopped to watch the eagle. The eagle swooped down and grabbed Riley's cupcake right out of his hand. "Hey, give me back my cupcake!" Riley screamed after the eagle. But the eagle just kept flying farther and farther away. So Riley started chasing the eagle. The eagle had a huge head start but Riley was a fast runner so he quickly caught up with the eagle. He feared Riley would catch him so he flew into the Zoo to try to shake him, but Riley wouldn't quit. Riley looked around for something fast. A zebra! That's perfect, Riley thought. So Riley got into the zebra habitat and took a zebra. Now Riley was really fast and the eagle didn't stand a chance of flying away. The eagle got desperate and flew into the NASA rocket ship landing pad. There was a rocket ship about to take off but it still had the door open so the eagle flew inside. Riley followed the eagle into the rocket ship and tackled the eagle.

"What are you doing in here? Get out!" the astronaut screamed at Riley. "I just want my cupcake sir", Riley said as he starred at the ground. As Riley was talking the rocket ship door shut. "NO!!!!" Riley screamed as he pounded on the door. The rocket ship started to shake. "This is really bad!" the astronaut said as he started to walk over to his station. "Hold on to something!" he screamed at Riley. The rocket ship started to blast off but then stopped and slowly made its way back to the ground. "The trip has been canceled due to some … problems," a voice over a loud speaker said. "Nice kid. You ruined the whole trip!" The astronaut screamed at Riley. "But since it was a cupcake, I understand." And with that the astronaut leapt out of the rocket ship door.

Whoa! It's really late. My mom is probably wondering where I am, Riley thought. Riley jumped back on the zebra, just as the eagle flew out the door. People watched with amazed looks as Riley rode the zebra back to the zoo. That night just as Riley was climbing into bed, there was a knock on the door. "Riley could you get that?" his mother asked from in her room. "OK, Mom!" he screamed to his mom. Riley ran down stairs to answer the door, but to his surprise there was no one there. Riley looked at the ground outside his door. Sitting there was a cupcake. Not just any cupcake, but a cupcake with strawberry frosting and vanilla cake. Riley picked up the cupcake, smiled and shut the door.

Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.

Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at