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September Birthday

Jim Henson

James Maury Henson was born on September 24, 1936 in Greenville, Mississippi.  Henson was drawn to the arts at a young age.  With the encouragement of his artist grandmother, he started puppeteering by performing for his Cub Scout troop.  While attending the University of Maryland, he starred in an NBC skit called Sam and Friends, from which Kermit the Frog was created.  As his puppets grew in popularity, they started to appear in television commericals.  In 1969, he began working with the Children's Television Workshop, where the Muppets "made learning fun" on Sesame Street.  Kermit, Miss Piggy and Fozzy joined megastars in 1976 on The Muppet Show.  Henson's later work included the tv show Fraggle Rock, several Muppet movies, and other films including, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.

Mythology Quest

PANDORA'S BOX

According to ancient Greek mythology, Pandora, the first woman, was given a box from Zeus as a wedding gift.  Pandora was instructed to never open it.  But she was very curious and one day, when no one was looking, she snuck a peek inside.  As she lifted the lid, all of the evil, we know today, was released into the world. 

During the Mythology Quest program (8/7), the participants were asked, "If you could put any evil back into Pandora's Box, what would it be?"  Here are their answers: 

thunder, fire, mean-ness!, all bad things, Hydra, hunger, cancer, breaking books, breaking stuff, greed (2xs), spiders, bugs, failure, pirates, murdering people, bacteria, Algebra, stealing, homework, war

August Birthday

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Annie Oakley

Blam! Kapow!! Bubbles???

Yes, Robin -- I said BUBBLES!  Kiddies will go krazy at the Congers Train Station.  "But, Caped One, what do you mean?"  I mean Romper Room will be held there on Friday July 24th - one session at 10 and yet another at 11.  AND the Mayor says those kookie librarians are doing it again on August 14 - same Bat train station, same Bat time!

Happy Birthday, Satch!

Leroy "Satchel" Paige was born on July 7, 1906 in Mobile, Alabama.  He started his baseball career in the Negro Baseball League.  In 1948, at the age of forty-two, he became the first African American pitcher in the major league.  Paige was such a phenomenal player that Joe DiMaggio described him as, "the best and fastest pitcher I've ever faced".  He played for Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, and Kansas City Royals.  After retirement, he coached the Atlanta Braves.  Paige was inducted into the Major League Hall of Fame in 1971.  Today, he is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time.

Interested in learning more?  Check out these titles when you visit the library:

Something to prove by Robert Skead (J796.357 SKE)

Satchel Paige by Julie Schmidt (JB Paige)

Every Hero has a Story!

Summer Reading Club in the Children's Department begins June 26 and ends August 15 for New City Library cardholders.  Children age 2 through those entering 6th grade are welcome to participate.  We have programs planned for all ages, prizes, reading club packets, and plenty of books to choose from! Our Every Hero Reading Party will be held on Tuesday, August 18 and tickets will be needed. Come in or call for more details.  We're looking forward to seeing you!

Jacques Cousteau's June Birthday

 Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born in Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac, France on June 11, 1910.  He learned to swim at the age of four and quickly developed a fascination with the water.  After a boarding school education, Cousteau attended the French Naval Academy and served as an officer in the Indian and South Pacific Oceans.  In the 1940’s, he developed the first aqua lung along with French engineer, Emile Gagnan.  This technology allowed divers to spend extended amounts of time underwater.  In 1948, Cousteau took his first expedition.  His work included producing documentaries and television specials, as well as writing books that “brought more attention to the mysteries and attractions [in] the underwater world.” 

Sensory Storytime

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  As a school boy, he told stories to entertain his fellow students.  He later attended the University of Edinburgh with future authors James Barrie and Robert Louis Stevenson.  During medical school, he wrote his first short story called The Mystery of Sasassa Valley.  Doyle then became a foreign correspondent in Egypt and a doctor in Africa.  He settled in England, eventually giving up his medical career to write full time.  In 1887, Sherlock Holmes first appeared in the book A Study in Scarlet.  Doyle ultimately wrote sixty stories about Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Watson.

In honor of this May birthday, explore the library's mystery collection.  Some favorite series include:

Cam Jansen by David Adler

History Mysteries by American Girl

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol

Rock the garden!!

Time to play in the dirt---or better yet -- help clean up and plant in the Children's Garden! Sign up at the children's desk by phone or in person. Our Garden Rockers Club registration is under way. The Clarkstown Garden Club ladies will be on hand to teach us about weeds and flowers and help us with the garden. Registration is open to families, kids, teens, seniors -- everybody who loves to dig in the dirt and see things grow. Our Spring meeting dates are Thursdays May 7 & 14 at 5:30, Saturday May 30 & Sunday May 31 at 2:00pm. Our Children's GardenTea Party will be June 5 & 6 from 2-4:00pm both days to thank our volunteers. Please join us!

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