Archive for June, 2008

entertain your brain

Your kids can entertain their brains this summer with the Lane Library reading challenge.  For every 20 books OR 12 hours your child reads, they can complete a game card and be entered into a drawing for a brand new bicycle.  Game cards are available at any Lane Library, or you can get one at the library’s website.  For more information, ask a library staff member or read all about it on the summer reading section of the website.

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summer reading programs @ the Lane

Summer Reading is here!  From bikes to worms, we have it this summer @ the Lane!

If you have kids younger than 6, be sure to join us @ the Lane for storytimes.  Toddler storytimes for ages 0-36 months are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 am, and preschool storytimes for ages 3-6 are on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11 am.  This summer, as the library is bing remodeled, storytimes are in the temporary children’s area in the library’s basement meeting room.

School age kids get their own programs this summer!  The Lane is offering a wide variety of programs for ages 6 and up this summer.  School age programming is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 pm.  On Tuesdays through July 1, kids can make a v-cast or podcast of their favorite books.  This program requires registration, so please call 894-1409 to sign up.  Thursday programs are at the Ross Avenue side of Millikin Woods Park on the West Side of Hamilton, and do NOT require registation.  The next one is Race Day, so if you have a speedy kid, be sure to rush right over to join us at Millikin Woods!

For more information on summer programs, visit our website or call us at 894-1409.

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book review

Hokey Pokey: Another Prickly Love Story by Lisa Wheeler and Janie Bynum

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Filled with clever wordplay from beginning to end, this story of a porcupine named Cushion and a hedgehog named Barb will keep your little joke lovers laughing.  Cushion loves Barb, Barb loves to dance, and Cushion can’t rumba, waltz,or tango.  What’s Cushion to do?  He decides to “poke around” and appeal to his friends to teach him their favorite dances.  But after mashing the fox’s tail during the fox-trot (singing “I can do it! Trot-trot…No!”), stomping the rabbit’s foot attempting the bunny hop (“I can do it!  Hop, hop…Stop!”), and poking the hen’s backside trying the funky chicken (“I can do it!  Flap, flap…Whoa!), Cushion doesn’t “stick around” his friends any longer.  Luckily, friendship saves the day and Barb steps in to teach Cushion how to dance.  And of course, together they do the title dance, the Hokey Pokey (pokey, porcupine, get it now?), ’cause friendship and fun are what this book is all about.   Readers will love the slapstick-y wordplay, and the soft and simple pastel illustrations add another fun dimension to the book.

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