The Mid-Columbia Libraries' 2011 Summer Reading Program has
kicked off and offers a great opportunity to keep your kids
interested and reading this summer.
After creating an account at your local library or on the
Mid-Columbia Libraries web site, children and teens can read to win
prizes, including the grand prize of four passes to Silverwood
Theme Park and a $50 gas card. Two winners will be chosen and this
fun prize is a great incentive to keep minds active as the lazy
days of summer are upon us. Adults cannot win the trip to
Silverwood, but you can win several travel-related prizes including
a rafting trip from ROW Adventures in Spokane and a vacation to
Wildhorse Resort & Casino. There is also a bookmark contest
reflecting this year's themes: Kids (0-12) "One World May Stories",
Teens (13-17) "You Are Here" and Adults 18+ "Novel
Sign up today at www.midcolumbialibraries.org and start logging
your reading hours!
This May, Mid-Columbia Libraries is
helping you learn about the latest library
technologies! Access your library account and
reserve materials directly through your smart phone using the
library's mobile catalog webpage. Download free audiobooks and
eBooks directly to your iPhone, Android phone, or Blackberry device
using the library's free app. Library downloads also are
compatible with home computers, iPods and iPads, the Barnes &
Noble Nook, most e-Readers, and more. Later this year, users
of Amazon's Kindle e-Reader will be able to enjoy library downloads
on their devices.
The library offers over 20,000
audiobooks and eBooks for download, with the collection growing
daily. Library customers' use of the downloads has grown
exponentially since the library launched the service in Spring
2009. Last month, customers checked out over 2,600
Throughout May, every
library customer who downloads an audiobook or e-Book from the
library's website will be entered to win a Sony Pocket Edition
Reader or iPod Touch 8GB (4th generation), sponsored by Friends of
Mid-Columbia Libraries. Each download counts as an entry -
the more you download, the more chances you have to
If you are curious about using
e-Readers and smart phones, learn about the devices at a series of
library events in May. Mid-Columbia Libraries has partnered
with local technology retailer Best Buy to provide programs
comparing the devices. One of the programs will be presented
Compare e-Readers and smart phones
at 7 pm at the West Richland branch located at 3803 W. Van Giesen
1. Place the chopped mango and pineapple juice
in a blender container or food processor bowl. Cover and blend or
process until smooth. Cover and refrigerate the pureed mixture.
2. Meanwhile, in a large glass bowl, pour
boiling water over the tea bags and mint sprigs. Cover and let
steep 5 minutes. Remove and discard the tea bags and mint sprigs.
Cool, covered, for 1 hour. Chill for 2 hours.
3. Transfer the chilled tea to a 2-quart
pitcher; add the pureed mango mixture and sugar. Stir until the
sugar is dissolved.
4. To serve, pour the tea mixture into
ice-filled glasses. Garnish each glass with an additional mango
slice and a pineapple star. Makes 6 (8-ounce) servings.
We are hard at work on the Makeover Issue of MOM Magazine -
debuting early June. I can't wait for you to see the amazing
makeovers of our Cover MOM winners. While working on the story, I
stumbled on these great info videos from local NW designers:
And then I was so bad. I fell in love with the gorgeous orange
dress in video #4 and went directly to the Garnish
site. I ordered it in the brown top version, sight unseen. I never
do that! I'll let you know how it goes when it arrives. Check out
their designs - amazing!
25 Manners Every Kid Should Know By Age
Your child's rude 'tude isn't always intentional. Sometimes kids
just don't realize it's impolite to interrupt, pick their nose, or
loudly observe that the lady walking in front of them has a large
behind. And in the hustle and bustle of daily life, busy moms and
dads don't always have the time to focus on etiquette. But if you
reinforce these 25 must-do manners, you'll raise a polite, kind,
Manner #1 - When asking for
something, say "Please."
Manner #2 - When receiving
something, say "Thank you."
Manner #3 - Do not interrupt
grown-ups who are speaking with each other unless there is an
emergency. They will notice you and respond when they are finished
Manner #4 - If you do need to get
somebody's attention right away, the phrase "excuse me" is the most
polite way for you to enter the conversation.
Manner #5 - When you have any
doubt about doing something, ask permission first. It can save you
from many hours of grief later.
Manner #6 - The world is not
interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself,
or between you and your friends, and out of earshot of adults.
Manner #7 - Do not comment on
other people's physical characteristics unless, of course, it's to
compliment them, which is always welcome.
Manner #8 - When people ask you
how you are, tell them and then ask them how they are.
Manner #9 - When you have spent
time at your friend's house, remember to thank his or her parents
for having you over and for the good time you had.
Manner #10 - Knock on closed doors
-- and wait to see if there's a response -- before entering.
Manner #11 - When you make a phone
call, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with
the person you are calling.
Manner #12 - Be appreciative and
say "thank you" for any gift you receive. In the age of e-mail, a
handwritten thank-you note can have a powerful effect.
Manner #13 - Never use foul
language in front of adults. Grown-ups already know all those
words, and they find them boring and unpleasant.
Manner #14 - Don't call people
Manner #15 - Do not make fun of
anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others you are weak, and
ganging up on someone else is cruel.
Manner #16 - Even if a play or an
assembly is boring, sit through it quietly and pretend that you are
interested. The performers and presenters are doing their best.
Manner #17 - If you bump into
somebody, immediately say "Excuse me."
Manner #18 - Cover your mouth when
you cough or sneeze, and don't pick your nose in public.
Manner #19 - As you walk through a
door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else.
Manner #20 - If you come across a
parent, a teacher, or a neighbor working on something, ask if you
can help. If they say "yes," do so -- you may learn something
Manner #21 - When an adult asks
you for a favor, do it without grumbling and with a smile.
Manner #22 - When someone helps
you, say "thank you." That person will likely want to help you
again. This is especially true with teachers!
Manner #23 - Use eating utensils
properly. If you are unsure how to do so, ask your parents to teach
you or watch what adults do.
Manner #24 - Keep a napkin on your
lap; use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.
Manner #25 - Don't reach for
things at the table; ask to have them passed.
See full article from Parents.com here, by David
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