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Events

Saturday, March 28

Family Craft Story Time 11:00 AM
Family Craft Story Time
Come listen to some stories and make a craft to take home. For Ages 3-8. Sponsored by The Friends of the Library.

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Highlight of the Month

How Much Do You Know About the History of Baseball?

The beginning of spring means just one thing to many people.  It means that baseball season is here!  How many of you have ever played the game?  Maybe you know how to play, but do you know how it all started?  Lots of us have heard the story about Abner Doubleday and how he invented baseball in Cooperearly baseball gamestown, New York in 1839.  Turns out that might be an American legend.  Doubleday kept detailed journals of his life but never once mentioned baseball.  Hmmm....makes you wonder just a little.  But if it wasn't Abner Doubleday, then who invented baseball?  Baseball was probably a combination of games.  Most experts think it is a combination of cricket and rounders.  English immigrants brought these games with them to the United States.  Rounders was played with four bases.  A feeder tossed a ball to a striker who hit the ball with a stick.  The striker was out if he swung and missed three times or if a defender caught a hit ball.  The striker was also out if a defender threw a ball and hit him as he ran.  Sounds familiar, doesn't it?  Regardless of how the game started, by the early 1840's, baseball type games were being played along the eastern seaboard.  Alexander Cartwright, a clerk in Manhattan helped organize the first baseball club in 1842.  He wrote down the rules for the Knickerbockers based on rounders.  He limitied the number outfielder to three and new york knickerbockerscame up with tagging the runner rather than throwing the ball at him.  He also introduced the idea of three outs to end an inning.  The Knickerbocker Rules became the basis for American baseball.  In 1846, the Knickerbockers rented a field in Hoboken, New Jersey and played the New York cincinnati reds 1869Club.  New York won 23-1.  It is considered the first game between two teams.  During the American Civil War, soldiers on both sides played baseball to pass the time.  In 1869, the Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first openly professional baseball tam.  By the end of the 19th century, baseball was known a "America's Pastime."  So if you put on a uniform and play some Little League this spring, just remember that people have been playing baseball in the United States for more than 150 years!

Book Talk

Picnics, Rain and Baseball. It Must be Spring!

The day the babies crawled awayThe Day the Babies Crawled Away
by Peggy Rathmann
A boy follows five babies who crawl away from a picnic and saves the day by bringing them back.

 
we're going on a picnicWe're Going on a Picnic
by Pat Hutchins
Hen, Duck and Goose go on a picnic but have trouble deciding where to stop and eat.

Flat Stanley at batFlat Stanley at Bat
by Lori Haskins Houran
Flat Stanley finds him trying out for the baseball team and outwitting the best players until the fairness of "flat-vantage" is called into question.

blue on blueBlue on Blue
by Dianne White
Rhyming text and illustrations depict the swell and qieting of a storm.

Enzo races in the rainEnzo Races in the Rain!
by Garth Stein
Enzo's only excitement consists of chasing the cars that pass the farm where he lives, until he meets Zoe and her father.

Tap tap boom boomTap Tap Boom Boom
by Elizabeth Bluemle
It's a mad dash for shelter as rain sweeps into an urban neighborhood.  Where to go? The subway!  It's the perfect place to wait out the wind and weather.  Strangers share smiles and umbrellas and take delight in the experience of a city thunderstorm.

New kidNew Kid
by Tim Green
A troubled kid finds his bearings in a new school after a baseball coach offers him a spot on the team.
 

Screaming at the umpScreaming at the Ump
by Audrey Vernick
Twelve year old Casey lives with his father and grandfather at their family run umpire school, and as he deals with middle school and his mother's unwelcome return, he stumbles on a sensational story that has him questioning his dream of becoming a journalist.

Rain reignRain Reign
by Ann M. Martin
Struggling with Asperger's, Rose shares a bond with her beloved dog, but when the dog goes missing during a storm, Rose is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels, even if it means leaving her routines in order to search for her pet.

 
 
 
 
 

 



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