The Pratt offers 'Story Anytime'
Ever feel you need a story -- a nice little fable or folktale? Well, there's one as near as your phone, thanks to "A Story Anytime," a new service of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Pratt staffers have recorded 3- or 4-minute tales that you can listen to any hour, day or night. There's a different story every week and the library's goal is to repeat each story only once a year. The service, part of the library's program to promote literacy, is financed by a grant from Bell Atlantic and the American Library Association. For "A Story Anytime," dial 396-8396.
Help for single mothers
Andrea Engber knows what it's like to be a single mother. She's been one for almost six years. During that time, she found little help in the popular press for the problems of single mothers, so she founded her own magazine, SingleMother, publishing the first edition last Mothers' Day.
Ms. Engber, a North Carolina graphic designer, calls her magazine "upbeat rather than whining" and tries to be as practical as possible in addressing the problems and stresses of mothers who are separated, divorced, widowed and never married.
This year's May/June issue will feature Dr. Ben Carson, the Johns Hopkins Hospital pediatric neurosurgeon who separated Siamese twins. Dr. Carson will talk about being reared by a single mother and how she provided healthy role models for her sons, Ms. Engber says. SingleMother is published six times a year for $11. For more information, write Just Me & You Kid Publishing, 11111 Sossoman Road, Midland, N.C. 28107.
Men more forgetful
Hey, men, so you forgot your wife's birthday or your anniversary. It's OK. Forgetfulness is a Guy Thing, say Ohio State researchers, whose study found that women are much better at remembering dates than are men.
The one exception, according to a report in Men's Health magazine, is that men are far better than women at recalling the last time the family car had an oil change.
It's time for parents to make plans for their children's vacation before the camps are filled. And here's some help: The American Camping Association has released its 1992 listings and camp guide, which costs $10.95. Call the ACA bookstore to order or for a free catalog of the many publications of interest to parents, teachers, campers and counselors. Call (800) 428-2267, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
* "Mothers and Daughters." Dr. Sue Ellen Carpenter and Dr. Leon Rosenberg will advise mothers how and when to talk with daughters about reproduction and development during puberty, at noon Thursday in the Garrett Room of the Eisenhower Library on the Johns Hopkins campus. For more information, call 955-6680.
* "Active Parenting of Teens." A six-week course to help parents understand how to instill values into their relationships with their teens will begin March 25 and continues through May at the Women's Institute at the College of Notre Dame. For the curious, there will be a free preview session at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the nTC college. Phone 532-6090 to register for the preview session or for more information about the full class.
* "Empowering Your Shy Child." A workshop to help parents give their shy children confidence will be held March 17 at the Park Heights Jewish Community Center. There is a fee. For more information, phone Lynne Waranch at 356-5200, Ext. 347.
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