`Blue's Clues' to come to life at Brooklyn Park library


November 11, 2001|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BLUE'S CLUES, a popular Nickelodeon educational television show, will come to life at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Brooklyn Park branch library. The show features a blue dog named Blue and her dog-friend, Magenta. Blue and Magenta speak to each other with "dog talk," but cannot speak to the human on the show, Steve.

"The premise of the show is that Steve writes down clues that he gets from the dogs' behavior and puts together the clues to determine what they want," said library associate Dee Callahan.

In the library program, Callahan and children ages 2 to 6 will gather some of Blue's clues, put them together and try to discover what stories Blue wants to hear. After the stories are read, children will have a chance to gather new clues throughout the library, put them together and win prizes.

"The children get to learn analytical skills," Callahan said of the program. "It's pretty simple, really. I love to take things and put them together and create a program. It's not about entertainment; it has an educational purpose," she said.

It also encourages children to read. "The purpose is to get them excited about reading. Then they can share their interests and want to read more," said Callahan.

If children aren't interested in Blue's Clues, they can participate in the library's Fall for Reading program. Anytime between tomorrow and Saturday, children of all ages will be able to decorate a leaf with the name of their favorite book for the library's Reading Tree. They also will have a chance to make a bookmark.

The Brooklyn Park library is at 1 E. 11th Ave. Information: 410-222-6260.

Community meetings

The November meeting of the Olde Brooklyn Park Improvement Association will be held at 7 p.m. today at Brooklyn Park Elementary School, Morgan Road and 14th Avenue.

Next month the association will return to its usual meeting schedule. Information: 410-636-3269.

This month's meeting of the Brooklyn Heights Improvement Association is scheduled for 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Brooklyn Park branch library. Information: 410-636-9611.

Parent awareness

The Parent Awareness Initiative will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lloyd Keaser Center, 5757 Belle Grove Road.

The group promotes parent and community encouragement of area students' academic efforts.

Huntley J. Cross, special assistant for alternate programs for the Anne Arundel County Board of Education, will speak at the meeting. Information: Brooklyn Park Middle School, 410-636-2967.

Church homecoming

Worshippers have been coming to Pumphrey's St. John United Methodist Church for 148 years. For the past 90 years, the church has set aside one Sunday to invite former members to return to rekindle acquaintances and memories.

This year's Homecoming Day will begin today at the 11 a.m. service. Jean Simmons, chairwoman of St. John's Worship Ministry, said that this annual event is always popular. "Last year we had about 250 people return. They moved away from the area but came back home," she said.

The Rev. Teresa Oglesby of Morning Star Baptist Church in Catonsville will speak at the 11 a.m. service.

Extensions of Faith Interdenominational Praise Choir will provide a music ministry and St. John Deliverance Dancers will provide a dance ministry.

After the service, dinner will be served in the church hall. The church invites all former members to attend.

St. John United Methodist Church is at 6019 Belle Grove Road. Information: 410-636-2578.

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