THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN

THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO THE LIBRARY SINCE DEWEY'S DIGITS

The New York Public Library has expanded hours at its HQ and at many of its neighborhood branches, restoring some of its drastic post-9/11 cuts in service. What does this mean for you? It means that working moms and dads might now actually be able to see the inside of a library children's room, since many branches' children's room hours had been chopped to 12-5 on three or four weekdays plus, maybe, a few hours on Saturday. Manhattanites, find your new branch hours here. Now if they'd only open up their bathrooms for kids; our local library is one of those places where they'll look your squirming kid in the eye and tell them there's no bathroom, when you and they both know that the people who work there have a place to go.


THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO SCHOOL PLAYGROUNDS SINCE DEWEY'S SEE-SAW

The Trust for Public Land, aka City Spaces, has joined with the NYC Dept. of Ed. in a $25 million program to build playgrounds beside schools in the city's poorest neighborhoods, all of which will be open to the public each day after school. Which is good news. That's all.


TODAY ON OPRAH: WHY DO LITTLE SISTERS STAY IN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS?

Our guest for this very special broadcast is Tiny Girl from New York City. Her brother, Small Fellow, repeatedly violates her personal space to wrench toys and books from her hands. And yet, every single night, she goes to bed in the same room as him, and wakes up to welcome the new day with a hopeful smile and a bubbly, "Wake up, fellow!"

Oh, yeah, and at the end, everybody gets a car.


YOUR OPTIONS: A $90 TALKING KITCHEN TOY, OR PLAYING WITH FRIENDS

With the $90 MagiCook Kitchen from Little Tikes:

electronic chips in pretend foods are read by sensors in the stovetop, which respond with over 100 specific food and cooking phrases. Sensors can also tell whether more than one food at a time is placed on the stovetop or in the oven, and respond with phrases like “What a creative dish.” The kitchen also speaks three languages: English, French or Spanish, and includes a volume switch.
Kids, let your imagination run wild. . . sorry, stroll within these constraints.


TELL THAT GRUMPY OLD MAN FROM "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE" THAT YOUTH IS NOT ALWAYS "WASTED ON THE WRONG PEOPLE"

The publishers of Queens underground sensation Neighborhood Boy are our new favorite New York City elementary school kids. The Times profiled them in brief last week, but the Queens Tribune had already gone in-depth on the fellas weeks ago:

When asked about the cost of printing, Gabriel explained it was a major expense, but “Depending on who’s at the copy shop, there’s a nice girl – ”
Did we mention we love these kids?

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