by Mary Ann McGrath

January 23, 2013

Catch one of the Early Bird Series of non-fiction titles for a second to fifth grader anxious to learn more about geology and the food chain. The Early Bird Earth Science Series and the Early Bird Food Webs Series are new additions this month at the Abington Community Library. A unique Note to Adults on Sharing a Book as well as using and answering a child's questions to foster better understanding of the subjects is added at the end of each book in the two series.

Dig into key geology concepts with eight titles in the earth science series. Clear language helps early readers understand essential information and beginning geology basics. Each book begins with the special feature, Be a Word Detective, in order to introduce important vocabulary needed to achieve better comprehension of the facts right at the start. In addition, each chapter opens with a statement and key question which focus on the chapter's contents. The series includes a book on each of the following: Soil, Rocks, Reefs, Glaciers, Earth's Crust,

Caves, Fossil Fuels, and Erosion, each one complemented by charts and photographs on every page.

Children interested in learning how living things interact will find fascinating information in the books in the series, Early Bird Food Webs.

Text and photographs explain relationships between all types of animals in the web --- herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores; predators and prey, and producers, consumers, and decomposers. Each book is 48 pages long and includes maps as well as the Be a Word Detective feature at the beginning. Study and learn about the food webs of the tundra, the ocean, the desert, the forest, lake and pond, and the grassland.

Special Story Time presentations this week: Story Time Teens will use the theme Sniffles 'n Sneezes to read about being sick (and getting well again) to children age 3 through 6 on Friday evening, Jan. 25 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Volunteers who belong to the library's Teen Leadership Committee plan and present these evening programs once a month. On Jan. 26, students from Marywood University will resume their monthly Saturday Story Hours from 1 to 2 p.m. Warm up with their Beach theme and enjoy stories about summertime. Recommended for ages 3 through 7 years. Pre-registration is requested and can be made by calling the library at 587.3440.

The Abington Community Library is located at 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Visit our website, www.lclshome.org/abington to register online for events or call the library at 570.587.3440. Don't have a library card? Register for one at http://www.lclshome.org/libraryinfo/library_card_reg.asp.