Bring your boxes and bags to the library this Friday, Saturday
and Sunday for the Mid-Columbia Libraries biggest fundraising
activity--the biannual Giant Bargain Book Sale.
Since Sunday morning, a dedicated group of volunteers have been
unloading and sorting thousands of books, movies, audiobooks, and
more in the meeting room at the Kennewick branch, located on Union
When the Sale opens on Friday, readers of all genres and tastes
will find items to their liking - from Christmas to cookbooks, from
sports to science fiction. Parents, teachers, and homeschoolers
look forward to the sale, where they can purchase kids' and young
adult books for 25 cents each.
"The proceeds from the sale support important library initiatives,
like the Summer
Reading Program, which motivated over 13,000 local readers this
year. Friends of Mid‐Columbia Libraries is our library's greatest
donor, and it is an even greater gift that we have a group of loyal
volunteers who return season after season to host this giant sale,"
said Kyle P. Cox, Interim Executive Director for Mid‐Columbia
WHEN: Friday‐Saturday, October 28 ‐ 29: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.,
and Sunday, October 30: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Mid‐Columbia Libraries ‐ Kennewick Branch, 1620 S. Union,
For more information, go to: www.midcolumbialibraries.org.
Several businesses are offering safe trick-or-treating
options for youngsters, as well as parties and dances for kids (and
adults) to show off their costumes. Here are a few options to
ensure your family has a spooktacular time! (*admission fees may
A costume party for ages 5 to 12 on Oct. 28th
from 6 to 8 p.m. at Elite Force Cheer behind Columbia Center. There
will be a bounce house, costume contest and more. *
A Halloween party for babies up to age 6 at
Tiny Tots Indoor Playground in Richland from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on
Oct. 31st. *
Hike up Badger Mtn. Trail with the YMCA. The
walk starts at 10 a.m. on Oct. 29th. The hike wraps up with a free
BBQ, face painting & pumpkin decorating.
Ranch & Home's SafeT Street Trick or Treat
will be held Oct. 31st from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel next
to Columbia Center mall in Kennewick.
Richland Community Center's Fall Carnival takes
place on Oct. 28th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. *
A Halloween Dance will be provided by the
Columbia River Dance Band for all ages on October 26th from 1 to
3:45 p.m. at the Pasco Senior Center. *
For your older kids, be sure to check out various Corn Mazes and
Haunted Houses througout the region!
If you are trying to decide on the perfect homemade costume,
turn your little one into a sweet M&M. MOM Magazine reader
Evonne Walls provides a a tutorial that is simple to follow, even
if sewing isn't your strong suit.
Instead of affixing the M&M with Velcro you can sew straps
or strings into the shoulder area and on the sides so you can tie
the costume on.
Still trying to figure out Halloween costumes for the kiddos?
Think outside the box - a cardboard box, that is. Check out all the
great costume ideas using cardboard here, like Mia's
American Doll costume.
The YMCA of the Greater
Tri-Cities will host its 2nd Annual Trick or Treat on
the Trail, a Halloween themed hike up Badger Mountain Trail
on October 29th at 10:00am. This is a free family
event open to anyone in the community. Give your kids the
experience of seeing the entire Tri-Cities from atop the
Families and children are
encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes for our Trick or
Treat hike. Particpants will be provided trick or treat bags,
goodies along the trail, a snack and water.
Join us after the hike for a
family BBQ picnic, pumpkin decorating, face painting and lots of
games at Trailhead park
Parking is limited, arriving early and carpooling are
strongly encouraged! Participants must sign up the morning of
to the hike at Trailhead Park in Richland (Base of Badger
Mountain). Morning of registration begins at 9:15am. The
first 100 kids registered will receive a free t-shirt!
I used Random.org to generate a number based on the number of
entrants. It produced number 17, so lucky blog commenter #17 -
Alison Bryant is the winner! Congratulations Alison, I hope you
have a blast at Disney on Ice! Please let us know how the show
Mid-Columbia Libraries' eBook
collection is now compatible with the world's bestselling eBook
reader, the Amazon Kindle. Customers can download
popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle device or any mobile device
running the free Kindle app. Kindle users can browse
Mid-Columbia Libraries' online collection of over 20,000 eBooks,
check out titles using a library card, and select "Get for Kindle"
to deliver eBooks to their Kindle device or app.
The library is celebrating
with a contest to give away two Kindles. Residents can enter three
ways: through the app on Mid-Columbia Libraries' Facebook Page, on
the library website at www.midcolumbialibraries.org, and with each
library eBook they download (requires a library card).
Residents are encouraged to enter all three ways for more chances
to win. The contest runs through October 31.
"We know many of our customers
have been eagerly waiting for this news, and we're happy to
announce that library eBooks now work on Kindles," said Michael
Huff, Collections & Merchandising Director for Mid-Columbia
Libraries. "This means our eBooks are now compatible with all the
major eReader devices on the market, as well as with smart phones
and home computers."
Mid-Columbia Libraries also
offers eBooks and audiobooks for use on computers and popular
mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones, and eBook readers like the
Barnes & Noble Nook and Sony Reader. The library is
always adding to its downloadable collection and has seen demand
increase 305% over last year. Customers can suggest titles
for the library to purchase for its collection. Mid-Columbia
Libraries' eBook service is provided through OverDrive, Inc. (www.overdrive.com), a global leader in eBook
distribution for libraries and schools.
OverDrive is a full-service
digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video.
OverDrive delivers secure management, DRM protection, and
download-fulfillment services for hundreds of publishers and
thousands of libraries, schools, and retailers serving millions of
enriches our communities by empowering individuals with mate rials
and services for life-long learning and growth, starting at
birth. With eleven libraries and a Bookmobile, Mid-Columbia
Libraries has provided our region with excellence in library
services for more than 60 years. For more information, go to:
THE TOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN!
MOM Magazine is giving away a family 4 pack of
tickets to Disney on Ice to one lucky reader. In the comment
section below, tell us if you have ever seen a Disney on Ice show,
and if so, which one. We'll randomly pick a winner on October
DISNEY ON ICE
PRESENTSDISNEY•PIXAR'S TOY STORY 3
IS COMING TO PORTLAND, OCTOBER 27 - 30!
WHAT: Toy Story 3, the Academy
Award®-winning smash hit blockbuster, is so hot it's
cool as everyone's favorite toys take to the ice in
Disney On Ice presents Disney•Pixar's Toy
Story 3! An accomplished creative team and
a cast of world-class skaters are bringing Woody, the pull-string
cowboy; space ranger Buzz Lightyear; Jessie, the yodeling cowgirl;
and the rest of the Toy Story gang to fans and families
around the country in this all-new, high-energy ice
Inspired by the #1 animated movie of all time, Toy Story
3, and memorable moments from Toy Story and Toy
Story 2, everyone's favorite characters are hitting the ice in
this sensational live production coming to Portland for seven
performances! Catch all the heroic action when Buzz
Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the Toy Story gang escape
from the rambunctious tots of Sunnyside Daycare and race for home,
in their most daring adventure ever. Plus a few new faces
join the fun, including Barbie's groovy bachelor Ken and
Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear. It's the biggest Toy Story
experience ever on ice, jam-packed with fast-paced adventure such
as Buzz's galactic battle with Emperor Zurg and a hoe-down on the
set of "Woody's Roundup." Relive the humor, friendship
and charm of Toy Story when Disney On Ice
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infinity and beyond!
October 27 - 30, 2011
Thursday, October 27th - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 28th - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 29th - 12:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m. &
Sunday, October 30th - 1:00 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Rose Garden - One
Center Court Portland, OR 97227
Ticket price levels are $17, $21, $36 (VIP) and $62 (Front Row).
Opening Night tickets available for only $11 each (not valid on
premium seating; limit 10 tickets per order). Tickets are available
at the Rose Quarter Box Office, all participating
Safeway/TicketsWest outlets, by calling 877.789.ROSE, or at
ComcastTIX.com. For groups of 10 and more please call
READY! for Kindergarten teaches parents and guardians how to
talk, sing, read and play with children in simple ways that foster
essential pre-literacy, pre-math and social-emotional skills.
Utilizing research provided by educators, the READY! program is
available for free to residents of Kennewick with children ages
birth through 5 years old. Ineligible participants living outside
the Kennewick boundaries pay $52 per class. Funded by the Kennewick
School District, participants in the program are provided with
material, books and educational toys each session. Classes are
offered during the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters.
Enrollment for the Fall session has begun and classes are
available weeknights October 18th through the
26th, November 1st through 3rd and
on Saturday October 15th and 29th. Sessions
take place at a variety of elementary schools throughout Kennewick
to meet the needs of caregivers. Spanish classes are also available
November 5th through the 7th. First
time enrollees must attend the "Intro to READY!" mini-class which
is held 30 minutes before the regular class begins. To enroll
online, visit: http://www.readyforkindergarten.org/kennewick.
Returning enrollees who "refer a friend" will be entered in a
drawing to win a basket of educational toys and books.
In addition to classes being offered for free to Kennewick
residents, free childcare is available so parents can focus on
material presented while their children are cared for. Material and
concepts provided during sessions will help children learn the
skills they need to start and stay at grade level.
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