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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Reading challenge for kids under way

Ages 2-12 can participate in the Children's Reading Challenge at Parmly Billings Library.

Kids can pick up special bookmarks, then check out five books from the library to read and record on the bookmark and earn a reading prize. The last day to pick up bookmarks is Sunday, Nov. 23.

Bookmarks are available at the library, 510 N. Broadway, and on the Web at Completed bookmarks must be returned to the library by Dec. 6

Children who return completed bookmarks also may register for a drawing for special prizes.

The library also has children's holiday craft projects planned from 4 to 5 p.m. Fridays on the third floor. The projects require registration at 657-8258. Activities are a tissue-paper mitten on Dec. 5, a stocking/mitten craft on Dec. 12 and tissue-paper candle lanterns on Dec. 19.

Montanans work on children's book

A new children's Christmas book, "A Carol For Gabriel," has been published with involvement by several Montanans.

Violet May Fadeff, an octogenarian from Snohomish, Wash., wrote and illustrated the book with help from her niece, Julie Peterson, of Shelby. The 48-page book with full-color illustrations tells about a North Pole adventure by a reindeer named Gabriel whose silver hooves draw Santa's attention.

The book's origins trace to Alaska in the 1960s when Fadeff spent chill winter nights dreaming up the story of the reindeer. Peterson helped develop the musical story line for the book, which includes three songs written just for the story and set to music and arranged by Leona Larson of Shelby.

Shirley Leck, of Galata, did coloration for the book, and Arthur Adamson edited the musical arrangements, while Debra Steinbacher helped with editing.

The book was released by Stoneydale Press Publishing Co., of Stevensville; 406-777-2729.

Livingston author takes bear on safari in book

Award-winning Livingston photographer Keith Szafranski has released "Barrington Bear on Safari," a sequel to "Travels With Barrington Bear."

"On Safari" is for ages 5 and older and follows the stuffed bear to Kenya for safari with his friend and guide Sokwe, a champanzee. They meet lions, elephants, zebras and more, as well as visiting a village of the native people, the Masai.

The children's picture book is published by Small Bear Publishing. For information, visit

School-lunch menus listed

Here are the school-lunch menus for the week of Nov. 17-21:

Billings public elementary and Catholic schools:

• Monday: Spaghetti with meat sauce, hamburger, cheese pizza.

• Tuesday: Beef ravioli, bean and cheese burrito, chicken-patty sandwich.

• Wednesday: Cheesy macaroni, corn dog, pepperoni pizza.

• Thursday: Chili, cheeseburger, taco Hot Pocket.

• Friday: Hot dog, yogurt with fruit, Hawaiian pizza.

Lockwood Schools:

• Monday: Cheese pizza, hamburger.

• Tuesday: Soft-shell beef taco, hot ham and cheese melt.

• Wednesday: Macaroni and cheese, pepperoni pizza.

• Thursday: Hot dog, veggie egg roll with brown-rice pilaf.

• Friday: Chicken-patty sandwich, yogurt with fruit and bagel.