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Children’s Book Week to be celebrated at the library

by Carol Rapacz

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 Bedtime Stories on Monday, Nov. 13, Preschool Storytime on Wednesday, Nov. 15, a Book Swap and a visit by Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Bedtime Stories, 7 to 7:45 p.m., will feature Thanksgiving stories and tales from native American folklore. Children may attend dressed in their pajamas and take their favorite stuffed animal and their favorite story.

Children who attend the regular preschool storytime on Wednesday at 10 a.m. may take their favorite story from home to share. Featured will be new acquisitions, such as Jan Brett’s new book, “Hedgie’s Surprises.” Storytime is videotaped for broadcast on Cable Channel 26. A schedule of TV storytimes is available at the library.

A children’s Book swap, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m Children may take a book from their bookshelf that they no longer read and receive two books in return. If the children don’t have enough books to swap, books will be sold for 10 to 25 cents, including paperbacks and hardbacks, picture books, novels, “Goosebumps,” “Boxcar Children,” “Baby-Sitters Club,” “Fear Street” and more.

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle will make an appearance at 1 p.m. and do a short skit based on the books by Betty MacDonald. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has cures for diseases that children suffer from, such as the Selfishness Cure and the Never-Want-To-Go-To-Bedders Cure.

A guessing game will be held at the library Nov. 13-18 for all children. Kids may guess how many bookworms are in the jar at the library. The closest guess wins the jar.

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