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Library Corner: You can help with the Great Backyard Bird Count Friday!

By Michael Dawber

On Friday, February 15, the Library is sponsoring a family bird walk for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count.
Our walk starts at 10 a.m. at the Library, 334 4th Street, weather permitting.
Everyone is welcome, and there’s no charge.
The walk is co-sponsored by the Rainy River Recreation Committee.
We’ll be checking out the winter birds we can see around Rainy River using the library’s Birding Buddies kits.
When we’re done, we will put our sightings on-line with the Great Backyard Bird Count.
The Count is held every February to check on bird numbers and bird health.
The 2012 Count found more than 17,000,000 birds from 623 different species across North America!
Also coming up at the library is our free Forest of Reading story time for families.
Every Saturday in March, we will be reading books from the Forest of Reading’s “Blue Spruce” list.
The Blue Spruce list includes great new kids’ books for children in Kindergarten through Grade 3.
Each week, we’ll read some stories, make fun crafts and play a game.
We’ll also pick our favorite book of the day.
On March 29, we will vote for our favorite book from the whole program.
Our votes will be counted with ballots from thousands of other children around Ontario.
The winner of the Forest of Reading competition is announced in Toronto in May.
The competition is run each year by the Ontario Library Association.
To learn more about programs at your library, visit us on-line at or call 807.852.3375.