The Columbus Day holiday will be observed next Monday, Oct. 14. The Abington Community Library will be closed in honor of the observance. Regular library hours will resume on Oct, 15, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Among the new storybooks added to the “easy” picture book collection last week, there are a number that put the spotlight on animals as the main characters.
New picture books
“If You Were a Panda Bear,” by Wendell and Florence Minor: Celebrate the varied personalities of a parade of bears —- pandas, grizzlies, black bears, brown bears and more – in a collection of illustrated rhymes about them.
“The Long, Long Line,” by Tomoko Ohmura: Fifty animals- farm animals, zoo animals and pets- are all in a line. What are they waiting for? Get in line to find out the surprise ending.
“Xander’s Panda Party,” by Linda Sue Park: Xander has to change his party plans and send more and more invitations, leaving him frantic, but with the help of his new friend, Amanda, Xander finally gives the perfect party that everyone in the zoo will remember forever.
“When Charley Met Grampa,” by Amy Hest: When a gust of wind blows Grampa’s green cap high into the swirling snow, Henry’s puppy, Charley, knows just what to do, and makes a new friend, as well.
“Gus, the Dinosaur Bus,” by Julia Liu: Even though the school children think Gus the dinosaur bus is a great way to get to school, his size is causing traffic problems for the principal and the town.
“The First Drawing,” by Mordicai Gerstein: Thirty thousand years ago, an imaginative child sees the shapes of wooly mammoths and other animals In the clouds and on the walls of the cave he shares with his family, but no one else can see them until he makes the world’s first drawing.
Saturday Story Time
Students from Marywood University will present the first in a planned series of Saturday programs for children ages three through seven years old on Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to noon in the library’s Story Room. The theme for the stories, crafts and activities will be “Halloween.” Pre-registration is requested either in person or by calling the library at (570) 587-3440.