Huntingteens Choice Award

Huntington Memorial Library is holding its first annual Huntington Teen Choice Book Award. This award will be given to an outstanding young adult book chosen by teens. Here's how to participate:

Teens ages 12 to 18 can pick up a nomination slip at the library and write down the title and author of the book they thought was most outstanding, then slip it into the nomination box.

Only young adult books published during 2007 are eligible for nomination.

The book may be either fiction or nonfiction, hardcover or paperback, and may be published anywhere in the world.

All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. April 30.

For more information, call children's coordinator Jennifer Holland at 432-1980.

StoryTubes Contest

If you like to read, here's a chance to tell the world. StoryTubes is holding a national contest for children in Grades 1 through 6. Children pick their favorite book and tell about it in two minutes of creative video. Huntington Memorial Library will tape your performance, upload it onto www.youtube.com and enter you into the contest. You'll have a chance to win $500 in books for yourself and $1000 in books for Huntington Memorial Library.

The book you select may be fiction or nonfiction, and fit into one of these four categories: "Hair Raising Tales," "From or For the Heart," "Of Heros and Heroines" and "Facts, Fads, and Phenomena."

All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in order to be videotaped and entered in the contest. A waiver must be signed at the library and consent must be given to StoryTubes. Videotaping at the library will be available later this month. Grades 1 to 3 will be videotaped at 1 p.m. April 16. Grades 4 to 6 will be videotaped at 1 p.m. April 18.

Children's coordinator Jen Holland can answer questions you may have by calling 432-1980. More details about the contest are available at www.storytubes.info. To sign up for a videotaping time, call the library.

Advanced Genealogy

There are still openings in the Immigration and Naturalization Records advanced genealogy workshop. These are scheduled for April 15 from 6 to 7 p.m. or April 16 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. During this workshop, you'll learn where to find immigration and naturalization records and websites that can help you search for your ancestors. You may register in person or by calling us at 432-1980. There is a $10 materials fee, payable at the time of the workshop.

Children's Books

Chick asks his mom if she loves him and she assures him she does. What about when he splashes in the mud, or makes funny faces, or when he shouts loudly? What about when he misbehaves? What about when Mommy misbehaves? "Mommy Do You Love Me" by Jeanne Willis will quickly become a favorite with children.

Ducky and Piggy are having a tea party, but Bunny can't join them because he still drinks from a bottle. Bunny realizes he has to grow up if he wants to drink a cup of tea and eat a cookie. Will he be able to do it? Find out in "No More Bottles for Bunny!" by Bernette Ford.

Baby is not smiling, not laughing, but he is scowling. What can the family do to get a smile? Tickle? Play peek-a-boo? Blow bubbles? "Ha, Ha, Baby!" by Kate Petty finds every family member trying to do something to get baby to smile.

In "Mama's Little Duckling" by Marjorie Parker, little Dandelion Duckling is ready to explore all by himself. He's having so much fun playing, he doesn't notice the hawk hunting. When Mama Quack sounds the warning, he quickly goes right back to her. A little later, a weasel is watching them, but Mama doesn't see him. Can Dandelion remember what Mama taught him to warn her of the danger?

Library Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m-5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 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.

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