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Children’s Book Week kicks off with special story time

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Once books for children did nothing but teach lessons. Every book had a moral. No child’s book was written simply to amuse the child or to be read just for pleasure. Today, the third full week in November is celebrated in schools, libraries and communities as National Children’s Book Week.

Special programs and displays emphasize the importance of reading – to learn, to grow, to amuse, to enjoy. Book weeks have been celebrated since 1912 and have been sponsored by the Children’s Book Council since 1945.

The Douglas County Public Library will celebrate Children’s Book Week with several activities.

Librarians Michelle Rachal and Olivia Sullivan will host a special storytime at the CVIC Hall on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m to kick off Children’s Book Week. Stories in Spanish and English will be read.

Carol Rapacz will host book talks at the library on Monday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m. She will read from the Harry Potter books and introduce children and their parents to some great new books.

Children who attend the regular storytime on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. may take their favorite story from home to share. Weekly storytime is at Rancho Grande Mexican Dining restaurant. Storytime is videotaped for broadcast on Cable Channel 26. A schedule of TV storytimes is available at the library.

Bedtime Stories will feature Thanksgiving stories and tales from Native American folklore. Bedtime Stories will be Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the CVIC Hall at 7 p.m. Children may attend dressed in their pajamas and take their favorite stuffed animal and story.

Amelia Bedelia and Friends will perform on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 1 p.m. at the CVIC Hall in Minden. Amelia Bedelia is a literally-minded book character by Peggy and Norman Parish. Amelia will share the multi-cultural collection of books collected by Margo Thorne on her literature tours of the world. Books in different languages will be presented. Local children’s author Alora Knight will read her new story, “Tola and Tara, the Tahoe Bears.” Works by Judy Hatch and Jim Darrough will also be featured.

A guessing game will be held at the library from Nov. 13 through Nov. 20 for all children. Children may guess how many bookworms are in the jar. The closest guess wins the jar.

For more information, contact the Douglas County Public Library at 1625 Library Lane, Minden, 782-9841.