2005-11-03 / About Town

Bats topic of library talk tonight

As part of its Teen Program series, the Jamestown library will present “Bats: Fact, Fiction and Natural History” on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

The presentation will be conducted by the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Institute Director Dr. Peter August, who is also a professor in the Department of Natural Resources Science.

Every night, millions of insects emerge into the sky. Many, such as mosquitoes, are in search of a blood meal. Lucky for humans, we have an ally who spends countless hours from dusk until dawn devouring and eliminating millions upon millions of insects. Without bats, life would be quite different. Nighttime activities would be impossible because increasing insect populations would make outings such as barbecues, picnics, and evening walks unbearable.

Many things people think they know about bats aren’t even true. Bats aren’t blind. They’re not rodents, and they don’t get tangled in people’s hair. The truth is that bats are among the most gentle, beneficial, and necessary animals on earth.

Dr. August will review the diversity of bats on global and regional scales. He will talk about the fascinating life history of Rhode Island’s bats, discuss the positive ecological functions bats serve, and go over bat-human interactions and public health risks.

This free program is open to the public and will take place in the library’s meeting hall. Adults are welcome to attend as well.

Forum tonight for NKHS parents

The North Kingstown High School PTSO will present the parent forum “Transitions” on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. This forum will be an informative evening of sharing information and gaining insight on the transitions parents and students face together through the high school years.

Local professionals, law enforcement officials, and fellow parents will be present to help lead discussion groups on topics ranging from finding a niche beyond sports and academics, becoming a driver, staying motivated, boundaries: drugs, alcohol, curfews and communications, and steps to independence.

Hurricane relief fund-raiser Saturday

Saturday, Nov. 5, there will be a walk for the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund, kicking off at the Melrose School playground at 10 a.m. The price to walk is $5. Runners and walkers are welcome to join the 5K fundraiser sponsored by the Lawn Avenue School Student Council.

All proceeds will benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

New library fines posted for media

The Jamestown library has announced a change in the fines the library will charge for overdue videocassettes and DVDs.

Effective immediately, the fine on videocassettes and DVDs will be 10 cents per day per item to a maximum fine of $6 per item. Circulation time will remain seven days.

Books, magazines, audios and CDs will continue to be 10 cents per day per item with the maximum fine raised to $6 per item with a three-week circulation time. Fines for Express Books, which circulate for 10 days, are still 50 cents per day late fee per book.

Direct any question to the circulation desk at 423-7280.

Sign up now for babysitting course

Young adults, both boys and girls from the ages of 11 through 15, are invited to sign up for a Rhode Island Red Cross baby-sitting class at the Jamestown library on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Registration for the class will begin immediately. Visit the library or call 423-7280. Participants will learn how to perform first aid and get professional help fast, identify common safety hazards and prevent injuries, make good, responsible decisions, and supervise infants through schoolage children.

Also on the agenda will be how to: choose safe and ageappropriate toys and games, perform basic care routines like diapering, feeding and dressing, preparing simple meals and snacks, handling bedtime issues, and how to find and interview for baby-sitting jobs.

Each participant will receive an American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Certificate. There will be a $10 fee per student.

Story hours begin later this month

Fall story hour registration began this week at the library for programs that will run from Nov. 14 to Dec. 21.

Five different sessions of story hours are offered. Jamestown residents will have first preference in the event of over-booking these popular programs.

• For children from birth to 12 months, “Mother Goose Time” is a half-hour program featuring stories, rhymes, and songs for the youngest listeners and a parent or caregiver. This runs on Mondays at 10:15 a.m.

• “Mother Goose Time,” for children ages 12 to 24 months, is a half hour program featuring stories, rhymes and songs for young listeners and a parent or caregiver. This runs on Mondays at 11:15 a.m.

• “Storytime” for two-year-olds with their caregivers is a 45-minute program featuring stories, songs, and activities on Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m.

• “Storytime” for threeand four-year olds with their caregivers is a 45-minute program featuring stories, songs and activities is on Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m.

• “Storytime for Fours & Fives” is a 45-minute program featuring stories and a co-ordinating activity on Mondays at 3 p.m.

Call the library, 423-7280, for more information.

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