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For the next few weeks, the Abington Community Library will “host” Traveling Trunks designed to promote children’s fitness and nutrition.

The contents of the two trunks contain books for children of various ages, plus toys, playing card games, play food sets, recipe cards, and a nutrition puppet set, among other manipulatives and educational material. The trunks are the joint project of the Northeast Library District, Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, Marywood University and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In addition to incorporating the theme of fitness and nutrition into regular library storytimes, many of the items mentioned will be made available for “hands-on fun” in the library’s Story Room so that families with children can enjoy and benefit from them whenever they visit the library until mid-April. Stop at the Children’s Desk for more information and for a selection of handouts that promote good nutrition.

The library will also observe Financial Literacy Month during April with a display of books for all ages (adults, teens and children) that can be checked out for use at home. In addition, children’s programming will feature a look at money and how to save it, spend it and share it. A three-part series, planned and presented by library staff and sponsored by PNC Bank, will be held Thursday April 4, April 11 and April 25, for children age 3 through 7 years old, from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Likewise, the library’s Storytime Teens group will focus on money, using picture books and activities appropriate to youngsters in the same age range (3 – 7). Registration is now taking place in the Children’s Room.

A special guest storyteller will make a return visit to the library Wednesday, April 17, from 1:30 to 2:15. Ms. Cindy Reynolds, a retired classroom teacher, impersonated a zookeeper to promote the book, “Stop Snoring, Bernard,” last spring. At this visit, she will share parts of the book

“Three Cups,” in which a youngster learns valuable lessons about saving his allowance, and introduce other books on the topic of financial literacy for children, along with poems, songs, finger plays and an original “money rap” interlude. Pre-registration is requested. Recommended for pre-schoolers and children up through grade 2.

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