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August 25, 2011

Fall children's programs ready to begin

Daily Star

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The fall series of children's programs at Huntington Memorial Library starts the first week in September, and registration is open and required for all programs.

Register in person or by calling us at 432-1980.

Children's Coordinator Debra Hansen conducts all programs, and if you have questions about any of them, she'll be glad to talk to you.

Programs are scheduled for Sept. 6 through Dec. 16.

Library Lap Sit

Lap Sit is a reading program for infants from birth to 13 months accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Activities include stories, songs, action rhymes and more. The program is scheduled for 9:30 to 9:50 a.m. Thursdays.

Tiny Tots

This is a program for children ages 14 to 24 months, accompanied by a parent or care giver. It is scheduled for 10:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays. There will be stories, songs, puppets, crafts and other activities each week.

Toddler Time

This program is for 2- and 3 year-olds accompanied by an adult. It includes stories, songs, crafts and other fun activities. Programs will be held 9:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays, 9:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays and 10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, and you choose one of these times.

Preschool Storytime

Four- and 5-year-olds meet from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Tuesdays. They will enjoy stories, games, songs and crafts each week, along with other activities. Parents do not need to attend.

After School 4-7 Years

Each week children will read stories, play games, sing songs and make crafts. Children who are 4 to 7 years old will meet from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays Parents do not need to attend.

Afternoon Adventures

Afternoon Adventures meets from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays and is for children ages 8 to 12. During September the group will be reading "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle" by Avi, followed by a fun craft.

Children's Books

Dinosaurs books are very popular and Christopher McGowan's "Dinosaur Discovery" tells you what you need to know to become a paleontologist. Fact-filled along with more than two dozen experiments, will have children learning a great deal about the profession. Making sedimentary rock, learning to walk on all fours, re-creating a dinosaur bone, and learning to tell if a dino was a carnivore or herbivore are just some of the activities included.

"The Babies of the Bus" by Karen Katz uses the familiar song with new lyrics. Everyone will be able to sing through the book and enjoy the colorful, busy illustrations. You have more than one bus ride with this lively book.

Hug you cat, hug your dog, but have you considered how to hug a porcupine? Laurie Isop's debut picture book, illustrated by Gwen Millward is a rhyming story showing how to hug lots of different animals. The little boy featured in the story accomplishes all these animal hugs. What about the porcupine? Find out in "How Do You Hug a Porcupine?"

"Everything I Need to Know Before I'm Five" by Valorie Fisher features so many things to learn in one small book. Count to 10, identify shapes and colors, learn opposites, know seasons and types of weather, and much more.

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