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Databases for Dollars

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Clearwater Public Library System offers numerous databases that both educate and entertain, but many of our teens and children were unfamiliar with these essential databases. We created a contest to promote them. Each week we wrote a question in three categories: elementary, middle, and adult. The questions focused on a different theme each week from catalog fluency to educational databases like Kids Info Bits and Student Edition K-12. Our younger patrons especially enjoyed learning Freegal and Mango. They were surprised to learn that they could download popular music they could actually keep. The teens even learned to speak Pirate on Mango- Arggg!

All ages benefited from learning Overdrive which allows patrons download books for their e-readers. Older adults especially appreciated these questions. It gave the teens an opportunity to explain Overdrive to them, and the results were overwhelmingly positive. One woman had spent hours attempting to learn the system at home, but a teen was able to give her a small tutorial of the database in just 20 minutes.

Each week we drew a contest winner from each of the three categories. The lucky patrons won a library dollar they could spend at our library’s bookstore. They loved walking out with two, three, even four books they could actually keep.

Nine-year-old Veronica with her library dollar and the two books she purchased. Veronica said she was extremely excited to win her dollar. She was amazed that she wouldn’t have to return her books!


Another winner, Zech, said he was really happy to win the contest. He anxiously awaited the contest results each week until he finally won his coveted dollar.

The Wild Things Are Coming!

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Our upcoming Showtime with the Dascaloja Puppeteers

will feature the much loved story

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

performed from a fresh new script we just wrote this summer.

Click on the title above to reserve a copy right now.


That’s Max and the Monsters playing

“Wild Thing” by the Troggs at their wild rumpus party!

You’ll get to hear them play it too when you come to the show on

THURSDAY, 24 JULY 2014 at 10:30am.


The Puppeteers couldn’t let the puppets have all the fun dances.

Here they are practicing for their dance number,

See You Later, Alligator by Bill Haley & the Comets!

Dascaloja’s Last Showtime Made It into the Paper

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Dascaloja Clearwater Gazette

This is an article that appeared in the 10 July 2014 edition of the Clearwater Gazette.

Things That Go!

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Babies are fascinated by planes, trains, trucks and rocketships and the fun sounds that describe them. To a toddler sounds are just as important as words. Your child may not say car yet but she might point to a car and say “Beep” or “Vroom”. You can encourage her with, “That’s right! Cars go vroom.” You can also call their attention to travel and other vehicles when you are in the car or riding the bus. You might see trains, planes, buses, trucks, bicycles, strollers, wagons, and even riding lawn mowers. Naming these vehicles helps build your baby’s vocabulary.

Some fun song and rhymes you can enjoy that are transportation based include:

This Little Train

This little train ran up the track (Brush finger lightly up babies arm from finger to shoulder.)

It went Choo Choo (Tap babies nose.)

And then it ran back (Brush arm again but from shoulder to finger)

This is a Choo-Choo Train

This is a choo-choo train, (Move arms in circular motion like wheels)

Puffing down the track.

Now it’s going forward, (Move forward)

Now it’s going back. (Move back)

Now the bell is ringing, (Make ringing motion with hand)

Now the whistle blows. (Put hand to mouth and say “toot, toot”.)

What a lot of noise it makes,

Everywhere it goes!

Drive the Fire Truck

Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck, (bounce baby on lap)

Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck,

Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck,

Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding.

Hurry, hurry, turn the corner (Lean left and right)…….

Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder (lift baby up)………

Hurry, hurry spray the water (jiggle baby)……..

Hurry, hurry, down the ladder (flip over)…….

Hurry, hurry, turn the corner (Lean left and right)……

Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck (bounce)…………..


I’m a rocket crouched on the ground (Put arms over baby’s head for rocket’s nose.)

Wainting quietly – without a sound (Put fingers to lips.)

Light this fuse on my little toe (Wiggle babies toe.)

Ready for take off! Here we go!

5…4…3…2…1…Whoooooosh! (lift baby in the air.)

Zoom, Zoon, Zoom!

Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon! (Bounce child)

Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re leaving very soon!


Five, four, three, two, one…..

BLAST OFF! (lift child high overhead)

Ms. Mercedes



Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water

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Tommorrow (10 July) at 10.30 am is our second Showtime of the 2014 Puppet Season!


We are all about the four classical elements this time around. Above you see Morgan Treeman teaching us about the weather which illustrates wind or air. We also have Earth, Fire (Sky), and water stories as well.

HERE is a Wikipedia article about
the four classic elements to get you started.

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That’s Rufus and Monkey. Rufus kind of hates baths,
but since he’s singing  “Splish Splish” and
all his friends showed up for a party while he was in there,
he isn’t so afraid this time around.
You probably guessed that this song represents
the element of Water.


Professor Rufus is always on hand to teach us more.


Here’s the gang learning about gravity
when they throw a spear in the air and watch it fall to the ground.


Matthew, Caitlyn, Mike, Chloe, Amanda, and Nicholas.


Hope to see at you at the show.

-Mr. David