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"Home Sweet Habitat: Children's Books and Activities"
2002-12-07 until 2003-01-20
San Bernardino County Museum, Fisk Gallery
Redlands, CA, USA United States of America

The exhibit, organized by the museum's education division, features illustrated children's books about animals from four habitats: desert, mountain, urban, and rain forest. Dozens of books will be on display, many with copies to read in the Museum. Books about animal habitats will also be available for purchase in the Museum Store. Special toys and games about animals and their homes will also be included in the exhibit for hands-on learning for younger children.

Stories from the exhibit will also be featured in a series of book readings by the Museum Youth Club. The readings are scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays on December 27 and 28 and on January 3 and 4; stories will start on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The MYC will also lead children in special habitat-related activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the reading days. Participating in the story reading is free with museum general admission; a small additional materials fee will be charged for the activities.

Keeping with the theme of books, a book-making workshop is scheduled for January 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. This practical, hands-on workshop is offered for ages 8 and above. The cost is $18 for children age 8 to 17 and $21 for ages 18 and above; Museum Association members pay $15 and $18, respectively. Space is limited, and reservations are required.

"The Museum Youth Club sponsors these community activities as part of its goal to engage youth in interesting and productive after-school learning activities," said Hortense Packer, MYC coordinator. "Youth Club members help plan our special activities for the public, as well as leading the programs they have planned." The Museum Youth Club is made up of seventh, eighth, and ninth-graders from the Redlands area. The club is funded in part by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.


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