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March 2014 KIDSHEET

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March Is Full of Madness!


FROM SHAKESPEARE (said by Polonius in Hamlet, scene 2)

“Though this be madness, yet there is method in't.”


During the month of March, the NCAA basketball teams begin their mad scramble to be in the NCAA Tournament. “March Madness” is the phrase they use for this crazy time of the year. Expect lots of basketball news on TV and on the radio, in the newspapers, and in people’s conversations!

“Played mostly during March, [the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship] is known informally as March Madness or the Big Dance, and has become one of the most famous annual sporting events in the United States. The NCAA has credited Bob Walsh of the Seattle Organizing Committee for starting the March Madness celebration during 1984.” (Quote from Jim Host, former Radio and Television and Marketing Director, NCAA.)

Check out this website for the most up-to-date news on the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship tournament.  First round games begin March 18th with the championship game to be played on April 7th.




The NCAA women play a big championship tournament too.  Lots more madness!

Learn more about NCAA women's bastketball here.





Sign up from March 1st - 7th for this reading program for all children ages infant to teen. Simply sign up to receive your basketball sheet, plan to read each day for at least 20 minutes, and color in a basketball for each day you do so.

After 25 days, return the sheet to the library (by March 31st) to be entered in a drawing to win the grand prize (and receive a small prize as well)!

SO simple—no MADNESS required!






11:30 am

March 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th

Children are welcome to attend with a parent or caregiver.
Several stories are read, a song or flannel board often follows,
and a craft (all related to a theme) completes the program.




What do you do after school? Choose something special!




After School Special

grades K - 5

March 14th 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

The March special will include some leprechaun magic: story, treats, and crafts.

Call on or before March 11th to sign up for this fun-filled After School Special.

Limited to the first 20 kids that sign up:  snacks, crafts, fun!



Mother Goose & Me

Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can explore rhymes, music, fun, learning, and more with Mother Goose

Visit with her on Friday mornings at 10:00 am

March 7th, 14th, 21st (Mother Goose is on spring break March 28th!)



Planning a trip for Spring Break? Call the library before you go and request a travel kit.  We promise not to make it too large to carry!

These kits are available for any child under 18 years of age. Let us know your destination, how long it will take you to get there, and with a few other details, we can tailor-make a kit to suit your needs!

Kits typically include books, stories on CD, and paper games and puzzles.  We can provide background information about a location where you will be visiting, or it can all be just for fun. DVD can also be checked out by vacationers.

If you need an extra time to return items, ask at the desk to see if we can make it work for you.

Call 260-726-7890 now -- or at least several days in advance of your trip.

American Library Association





CALDECOTT for most distinguished American Picture Book:

Locomotive by Brian Floca (J385.097)


NEWBERY for most outstanding contribution to children’s lit.:

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (JF)


PRINTZ for excellence in literature written for young adults:

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick (YF)


SEUSS for most distinguished beginning reader book:

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli (E)

For more information on Book Awards, visit the American Library Association website .



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