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Library Corner

June 2, 2011

Drop a utensil? Company's coming

Someone was in the library the other day and recalled a saying she had learned, which is, "if you drop a spoon, you will have company soon." She wanted to know more about it. There are lots of variations on this saying, depending on where you live. Here are some of the beliefs, and you'll notice how different they are. Are any of them true? You be the judge.

If you drop a knife, a man is coming to visit, while a fork means a woman, and a spoon a child. Drop many pieces of silverware and a family is coming. Another reads that if you drop a fork, a man is coming to visit, while a knife means a woman. When you drop silverware and it points in a certain direction, that is said to have meaning as well. For example, if the silverware points toward the back door, the company coming will be unwelcome as opposed to it pointing to the front door, which is a welcome visitor. And if you drop silverware frequently, it means a visitor is imminent. You can't imagine how many variations there are on this topic in various books and on numerous websites. Shouldn't we put it to a test and keep track of the results. Of course, if you drop it purposely, it won't count, so don't try that.

Children's Books

The following books have been donated to the library by the Ricky J. Parision Memorial Foundation:

Charlie is a ranch dog. He's got floppy skin, fat paws, and dangling ears. He'll tell you how he works like a dog and helps with the gardening, fences, and many other chores. "Charlie the Ranch Dog" by Ree Drummond shows Charlie doing things you wouldn't quite expect to see in this humorous take on a dog's life.

Board books are sturdy and popular with the very young. Three new ones on vehicles, are actually in the shape of the vehicle, which children will love. Don't miss "My Red Fire Truck," "My Big Dump Truck," and "My Giant Tractor," all by Chip Lovitt. In addition to showing what these big machines do, children will also be counting and finding particular items in the pictures.

Maisy and her friend Charley are going to the city today to visit their friend Dotty. There sure are lots of things to see, busy streets, huge skyscrapers, the subway, crowded sidewalks, and lots more in "Maisy Goes to the City" by Lucy Cousins.

All the things around us have texture from soft to hard, prickly to smooth, dry and wet. Jane Brocket's "Spiky, Slimy, Smooth" features photographs and has children think about how different things feel. They'll be inspired to look for and touch lots of different things indoors and out after reading this book.

Things are really messed up in the barnyard. The chickens are oinking, the sheep are barking, the ducks are neighing. Find out how this all happened in "Meow Said the Cow" by Emma Dodd and don't miss the ending in this hilarious book.

Matthew's mom is like any other mom except for one thing. Matthew's mom has x-ray vision. How else could she possibly know everything Matthew is up to when he's out of sight? How does she know when he's jumping on the bed? How does she know when he's using her pans outside to mix up magic brews? She even knows when he's fighting monsters in the tub. Look for all the nitty-gritty details in "My Mom Has X-RAY Vision" by Angela McAllister.

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 www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.

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