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Bible Bee Fall 2009


“The Shelby Kennedy Foundation is preparing to launch the first-of-its-kind, world-class Bible Bee Competition. The competition will begin with Local Contests in communities nationwide on September 12, 2009. The top 100 finalists from each age group will advance to the National Contest in Washington, D.C. to compete on November 5-6, 2009”

Please visit the official Bible Bee website for information on local Bible Bees and how you can be involved and participate.


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Michaels Kids Program “The Knack”


“Michaels new kids’ program, The KnackSM, lets your kids explore their creativity through a wealth of great ideas, projects and crafts designed just for them. And to enhance kids’ creative experience, Michaels offers fun in-store events and activities for kids and their families to enjoy — from The Knack FreeSM Family Events (free to participate) to The KnackSM Saturdays, during which kids ages 5-12 will create their own fun craft for only $5 per child, including supplies. The KnackSM Saturdays have 30 minute sessions at 10, 10:30, 11 or 11:30 am.”  

Click the graphic or here to be directed to Michaels website and their program details.  Make sure to sign up for “The Knack” AND “The Knack Faculty” for great deals and resources.  They will email you a goody for your kids birthday!

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Church History ~ Reformation Day

With Reformation Day upon us on the 31st this is a great documentary on Martin Luther and how he revolutionized the Christian faith.  I would highly recommend it to anyone that would like to learn about this important event in church history. This DVD is available at most public libraries or can be purchased as well for your church history library.  Here is an excerpt from the PBS produced documentary:

But after entering the monastery, Luther becomes increasingly doubtful that the Church can actually offer him salvation at all. His views crystallize even further with a trip to Rome, where he finds that the capital of Catholicism is swamped in corruption.

Wracked by despair, Luther finally finds release in the pages of the Bible, when he discovers that it is not the Church, but his own individual faith that will guarantee his salvation.

With this revelation, he turns on the Church, attacking its practice of selling Indulgences in the famous 95 Theses. The key points of Luther’s theses were simple, but devastating: a criticism of the Pope’s purpose in raising the money, “he is richer than Croesus, he would do better to sell St Peters and give the money to the poor people…”, and a straightforward concern for his flock, “indulgences are most pernicious because they induce complacency and thereby imperil salvation”.


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Study the Universe in Your Home

Microsoft has come out with a wonderful tool to explore the universe.  It is called Worldwide Telescope and it is a web based program and will only run on Microsoft Windows.  

Microsoft’s goal is to appeal to amateur astronomers, teachers and kids, people who might never get a chance to look at the Milky Way through a telescope as large and prestigious as the Hubble or the Chandra. This is a wonderful tool for homeschool families to implement your studies in the universe or astronomy.

Check it out!

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Barnes & Noble Educator Appreciation Week

Dear Educator, 
During Barnes & Noble Educator Appreciation Week, October 11th  – 19th, educators save 25% on classroom and personal purchases, including 10% on CDs. Certain restrictions apply. Does not include purchase orders.
Join us for our Educator Reception on Saturday, October 18th from 10:00 am – 6:30 pm!  You’re invited to attend any of the events below.  When you arrive, please check in at the reception table at the front of the store to enter our raffle, get your educator discount card*, and pick up a goody bag (while supplies last).
Thank you for all that you do! 
*School Administrators & Teachers: Please bring a school I.D. or paystub and picture I.D. 
*Homeschoolers: Please bring a homeschool I.D. card or letter of intent and a picture I.D. 
Educator Reception:
Enjoy! Bilingual Storytime and Reading With Rover are in the Children’s Department.  All other events are in the Café. 
10:30 AM: Bilingual Storytime 
Bienvenido! Join us for bilingual fun! We will be reading the English and Spanish editions of Market Day by Lois Ehlert. Flashcards, handouts, and crafts for the classroom are available.
11:00 AM:  Reading With Rover 
The volunteers and dogs of Reading With Rover, a nonprofit literacy group, will be eagerly awaiting children to come read to them. You’re invited to participate with your kids or students today and whenever they visit.  Pick up a monthly schedule!
12:00 PM: Coffee with Kari 
Enjoy coffee, tea, and treats from our café while you visit with Kari Yadro, Community Relations Manager, about how the Alderwood Barnes & Noble can help you, your classroom, and your school.
1:00 PM: Story-Making with Deb Lund 
Author Deb Lund is passionate about writing for and with children! Come listen to her share writing activities, stories, and songs for the classroom. She’ll also tell us the tales behind her books, including her brand-new picture book, Monsters on Machines.
2:00 PM: Writing in the Classroom with Amber Kizer 
Amber Kizer, author of the popular tween/teen series, Gert Garibaldi’s Rants and Raves, will present a workshop on writing in the classroom-providing lesson plans and ideas to engage and inspire students grades 6-12! She’ll also share resources teachers can tap for author visits and curriculum enhancements at any grade level.
3:00 PM: School Is for the Birds! 
Inspire yourself and your students to enjoy nature through birdwatching! Soundview School Library Media Specialist Valerie Stein will share her successful integration of Project Feederwatch into her school’s curriculum. Author and former teacher Frances Wood will discuss her book, Brushed by Feathers, as well as diverse birdwatching experiences.
4:00 PM: Teen Booktalk with Sno-Isle Librarians 
Dawn Rutherford and Jackie Parker, Teen Services Librarians for Sno-Isle Libraries, will share hot teen books and must-read favorites.  They’ll also give you information about the great teen programming available at their libraries.
5:30 PM: Lucy’s Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia 
Felicia Maffia, Manager of Exhibit Development at the Pacific Science Center, will share the backstory of the Pacific Science Center’s landmark exhibit, Lucy’s Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia. Learn about educational resources available for your classroom, including free bookmarks and copies of Discover.
Kari Yadro 
Community Relations Manager 
Barnes & Noble Booksellers 
19401 Alderwood Mall Parkway 
Lynnwood, WA  98036 
tel: (425) 771-3193 (direct line/voicemail) 
tel: (425) 771-2220 (store line) 
fax: (425) 771-2661 < < <>

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