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July 19, 2012

Punctuation can make a world of difference in meaning


Children's Books

Hilarious advice is doled out in "What to Do If An Elephant Stands on Your Foot" by Michelle Robinson. If an elephant stands on your foot, try not to panic. If you do it will attract tigers, and if you don't stay silent, you'll attract a rhino, and if you climb a tree, well, you'll just have to find out yourselves.

Mr. and Mrs. Deer have always wanted a baby, and one day, a little bundle shows up on their doorstep in "The Baby That Roared" by Simon Puttock. The only problem is the baby never stops roaring. When their friends come to help and Mr. and Mrs. Deer return from getting what baby needs, someone is always missing. Where did everybody go? Why is the baby roaring?

Harry would rather be a dog than a little boy. He only wants to roll on the ground, bark and bite. So, his parents send him to dog school in Scott Menchin's "Harry Goes to Dog School." Do you think Harry will be a good dog? Or a better boy?

Revised Library Hours

Effective Aug. 1, Huntington Memorial Library will be changing evening hours. The library will close at 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. All other hours are unchanged and are listed below.

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

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