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January 30, 2014

Library to host 'I Can Help' author at upcoming event

The public library will celebrate “Take Your Child to the Library Day” on Saturday, Feb. 1.

This event will include a visit by children’s author and illustrator David Hyde Costello, who will present a program about kindness and community titled “I Can Help” from 1 to 2 p.m.

All the animals in his story will be familiar to kids, with the possible exception of the sunbird, who has his own special song at the start of the program.

IF YOU GO

What: Third annual “Take Your Child to the Library Day.”

Why: Nadine Lipman, a children’s librarian in Waterford, Connecticut, came up with the idea for Take Your Child to the Library Day and selected the first Saturday in February as the annual day of celebration. The idea gained popularity immediately, and librarians started planning special events, programs, and displays.

When: Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Costello’s program is from 1 to 2 p.m.)

Where: Public library’s Johnson Auditorium, 99 Main St.

Special events: The Children’s Room will have a raffle for a Barnes & Noble Gift Card (available for children 12 and under) for stopping in and meeting the staff and browsing the library’s resources. New library patrons are welcome to take a tour of the library and get a new library card.

Admission: Free, but registration is required at haverhillpl.org. Click on Calendar of Events, Kids, then search by date.

Here are activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Republican City Committee to meet: Haverhill Republicans who are interested in being elected a delegate to the Massachusetts Republican state convention are invited to a meeting of the Republican City Committee on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 6:45 p.m. in the public library’s Johnson Auditorium, 99 Main St.

Haverhill Republican City Committee Chairman William Ryan said the state convention will be held March 22 at Boston University’s Agganis Arena. He said there are several open delegate slots. Field representatives of Charlie Baker, GOP candidate for governor, will speak. More information is available from Ryan at 978-521-1130.

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