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Book Notes: July 6, 2014

Pizza garden

Does pizza grow on plants? No, but many of the ingredients in pizza do! John Porter of the WVU Extension Service will teach a class on the plants in pizza.

Students ages 6-11 will start a pizza garden to take home. Limited to 25 participants.

n Sissonville Branch Library, 2 p.m. July 7

n Riverside Public Library, 10:30 a.m. July 8

n Dunbar Branch Library, 2 p.m. July 8

n Elk Valley Branch Library, 2 p.m. July 9

n St. Albans Branch Library, 11 a.m. July 11

Craft time at Coonskin

Visit the Mobile Library to check out materials and make a fun craft with your child. Coonskin Park, 10 a.m. July 9 and 23.

‘Tops and Bottoms’

The national touring theatrical troupe Act!vated Story Theatre will “Act!vate” the retelling of “Tops and Bottoms,” a classic trickster tale.

A bullying bear insists that a fox is trespassing on his land, though the fox has a deed to it. So the sly fox makes the bear an offer he can’t refuse about how to share the land and the food it produces.

n Nitro Public Library, 10:30 a.m. July 9

n Cross Lanes Branch Library, 2 p.m. July 9

n Riverside Public Library, 10:30 a.m. July 10

n Clendenin Branch Library, 2 p.m. July 10

n Elk Valley Branch Library, 6 p.m. July 10

n Marmet Branch Library, 10:30 a.m. July 11

n Main Library, 2 p.m. July 11

Charleston history

Much has changed in Charleston over the years, but the city retains a great deal of its history. Through words and images, Billy Joe Peyton will share glimpses of Charleston’s past from his new book, “Historic Charleston: The First 225 Years.”

Peyton will recount some of the extraordinary moments in the city’s past and share details about some little-known historical secrets of the capital city.

n Main Library, 12:10 p.m. July 9 (bring your lunch)

n Cross Lanes Branch Library, 2 p.m. Aug. 5

Painting rocks

Create an eye-catching focal point for your garden. All materials provided. For adults and teens.

n Main Library, 3:30 p.m. July 9

n Nitro Public Library, 5 p.m. July 17

n Elk Valley Branch Library, 5 p.m. July 21

n Cross Lanes Branch Library, 2 p.m. July 29

Meet the author

Join author Marie Manilla as she reads from her new novel, “The Patron Saint of Ugly.” Manilla will talk about her Italian-West Virginian ancestry that inspired the family in the novel, as well as her research on evil-eye lore that found its way into the book.

Manilla is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Learn more at www.mariemanilla.com. A book signing will follow her presentation.

n Main Library, 6 p.m. July 9

n Cross Lanes Branch Library, 2 p.m. July 11

All abuzz about bees

Meet beekeepers from Kanawha Valley Beekeepers and learn how important honeybees are to our world. Try on suits, see beekeeping tools and taste some honey. The beekeepers require a signed waiver from parent for child to taste the honey. All ages.

n Sissonville Branch Library, 10:30 a.m. July 12

n Main Library, 2 p.m. July 12

Cupcake art

Dessert artist Holly Hale, proprietor of Hollypops, in Scott Depot, will show how to decorate a scrumptious cupcake with a farm theme. Class is limited to 20 participants. For ages 6-11.

n Nitro Public Library, 2 p.m. July 15

n Cross Lanes Branch Library, 6 p.m. July 15

n Clendenin Branch Library, 2 p.m. July 17

n Elk Valley Branch Library, 6 p.m. July 17

n Sissonville Branch Library, 1 p.m. July 19

n Main Library, 2 p.m. July 22

n St. Albans Branch Library, 6 p.m. July 22

n Marmet Branch Library, 2 p.m. July 24

n Riverside Public Library, 6 p.m. July 24

A goat in the library

Kickadee Hill Farms will talk about goat care and have a goat for everyone to meet. Participants will learn about the process of making soap from goat’s milk and will be able to buy goat’s milk products after the program. All ages.

n Clendenin Branch Library, 6 p.m. July 15

n St. Albans Branch Library, 2 p.m. July 16

n Cross Lanes Branch Library, 2 p.m. July 17

Twain’s twisted tales

Clara’s ordinary day takes an unexpected twist when Mark Twain’s most beloved characters escape from her book! Putting them back where they belong is going to take help from Mark Twain himself.

Madcap Puppets presents the life and stories of one of America’s greatest literary figures and humorists with giant puppets and audience participation.

n St. Albans Branch Library, 10:30 a.m. July 18

n Elk Valley Branch Library, 3 p.m. July 18

n Main Library, 10:30 a.m. July 19

n Riverside Public Library, 3 p.m. July 19


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