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Kiss Me, I’m Irish!

This saying, and many others, are heard a lot around the middle of March. Seems like on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish!

You can celebrate this special day—Irish or not—by checking out some of these library items.



To learn about the country, try the non-fiction book Ireland, written by Libby Koponen (J941.5).




Then learn about the man for whom the holiday is named. Check out St. Patrick by Ann Tompert (J270).



Have fun with leprechauns and other Irish amusements by checking out these Early Books:

Fiona’s Luck by Teresa Bateman

The Leprechaun in the Basement by Kathy Tucker

Lucky Leprechaun by Dawn Bentley

Patrick’s Day by Elizabeth Lee O’Donnell

Shawn O’Hisser, the Last Snake in Ireland by Peter Welling

St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting

That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting

Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk; An Irish Tale by Gerald McDermott

Too Many Leprechauns, or, How That Pot o’ Gold Got to the End of the Rainbow by Stephen Krensky



"MARCH 27, 2010 - Saturday - from 8pm to 9pm (your local time). The concept is for as many people as possible around the world to turn off lights for an hour. Security and emergency lighting will remain on. Millions of people, businesses, governments and civic organizations around the globe turn off their lights for Earth Hour. More than 100 cities across North America participate. It's done annually on the last Saturday in March.”

The movement symbolizes that by working together, each of us can make a positive impact ... protecting our future and that of future generations.

                                            —from World Wildlife Fund's "Earth Hour" page


Log on to Earth Hour Kids to see how you can join in. There are lots of fun activities and great information at this site as well!


March Reading Program

Mad about the Library in March!

Did you miss the January un-program (an activity calendar with lots of fun things to do and “cool” prizes!)? And the February Olympics reading and movement program, with your chance to earn a gold medal? Then don’t miss out on our version of March madness with the reading program: “Mad about the Library in March.”

Details about participating will be available at the library starting March 1st. Basketball, reading, fun, and more will all be involved. You won’t want to miss a minute of the action!



Travel Kits Can Take You Places!

Planning a trip for Spring Break? Call the library before you go and request a travel kit! These kits are available for any child under 18 years of age.

Let us know where the destination is, 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 cassette or 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.

Movies on video and DVD can also be checked out by vacationers. If you need an extended check out, inquire at the desk to see if we can make it work for you.

Happy Traveling!



Crafts & Activities


Rainbow Streamer

You will need the following:

  • paper plate

  • crepe paper streamers in six colors:  red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple

  • glue or stapler

  • crayons

You will do the following:

  1. Cut the center out of the paper plate.
  2. Use crayons to decorate the remaining plate rim.
  3. Cut lengths of each of the paper streamers, about 2 - 3 feet long.
  4. Glue or staple the streamers to the same side of the paper plate.
  5. Hold the paper plate on the open end and wave it through the air to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!


Story Times at the Library


1:00 p.m.
March 1
March 8
March 15
March 22
March 29
March 2
March 9
March 16
March 23
March 30



After School Special

Friday, March 5th / 2:45 - 4:00 p.m. / Grades K-3 / Limit 20

Follow the rainbow to the March Special and refreshments, a story, and a lucky craft or two. 

Call on or before March 4th to sign up for this special.



MARCH Special Days


1    Share a Smile Day

2    Birth Date of Dr. Seuss (1904)

6    Read Aloud Day

10   Birth Date of Harriet Tubman (1820)

12  Vancouver 2010 Paralympics

13    National Preschooler's Day

14  Daylight Savings Time Begins

17    St. Patrick's Day

20    Spring begins

24   National Family Day

28    Children's Picture Book Day


Music in Our Schools Month

National Women's Month

National Nutrition Month

National Craft Month

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