CHILDREN AGES 3 AND younger have their own reading corner at North Carroll Public Library, thanks to Hampstead Rotary.
The Book Baby Corner is a place to read and for exploration. Children can discover sturdy cardboard books and tumble on foam furniture designed in geometric, crayon-colored shapes that kids can stick together to make houses or tunnels.
Three-dimensional toys are scattered on the floor. Two low-slung soft rocking chairs, donated by Rotarians Tom and Laura Newkirk, are designed so that children can crawl into a parent's lap for a story.
"The child and adult can share the library experience together," said Lisa Peeling, branch manager. "Research shows that a child's language development occurs within the first three years of life, with more brain development in those first three years than at any other time."
The Maryland Division of Library Development and Services is recommending emphasis on language development in children from birth to age 4, Peeling said. She researched how the North Carroll library could involve the youngest children of the area and designed a place for them.
That's when Alyson Bishop, president of Hampstead Rotary, learned of the planned book nook for babies and decided to encourage the Rotarians to step in.
"When we heard about the project, we thought it was a great idea," Bishop said. "We were so impressed by Lisa's presentation and hospitality when we visited the library. We were pleased our contribution would stay local but serve the whole north area of the county. We hope it brings hours of fun for both parents and kids."
Hampstead Rotary annually holds the Hampstead Day street fair, a daylong event that attracts hundreds of antiques dealers and craftspeople, with local organizations providing food and bake sales for thousands of people visiting from all parts of Maryland.
"Hampstead Day is so successful," Bishop said. "We run the lemonade stand and charge vendors a fee for the space. We do it for projects like this. When the Book Baby Corner came along, we chose to help without a moment of hesitation. We're keeping the funds in Hampstead, funds that came from the community."
The Book Baby Corner was dedicated Sept. 24, with members of Hampstead Rotary and county library director Linda Mielke and her assistant Gail Griffith opening the corner to about 20 excited youngsters and their parents.
The center offers sturdy board books, plus videos and child rearing literature.
Wine festival in Manchester
Celebrate Oktoberfest this weekend when winemaker Ray Brasfield, owner of Cygnus Winery in Manchester, invites the public to the winery from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
"We're having a grape stomp and winemaking demonstrations, German-style food and music both days," Brasfield said.
On Saturday, the German folk band Das Kleine Diffendal Deutsches Band, from the Hanover, Pa., area, will entertain. Alesia Band, a town band performing for its 101st year, will perform from 1: 30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Modern methods of winemaking will be demonstrated. For a complete tour, wine tasting of Cygnus label wines and a souvenir glass etched with the winery logo, the cost is $5.
The winery's deck and a tent featuring seasonal produce, such as pumpkins and apples, will be open.
The winery will hold special event weekends Nov. 13 and 14 to release the Nouveau being made now, and Dec. 4 and 5 for its traditional holiday party.
Bingo and popcorn
Friends of Cub Scout Pack 790 will hold basket bingo Oct. 23 in the cafeteria at North Carroll Middle School, Hanover Pike, featuring Longaberger collectible baskets and items donated by local businesses.
Doors open at 6 p.m., with food and beverages available. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
"Since we purchased our baskets in November 1998, a couple are retired now," said Laura Bosley, who is organizing the event with Mary Zito. Both have sons in the Cub pack, which numbers about 60 boys in first through fifth grade.
Cub Pack 790 is sponsored by Spring Garden Elementary School.
The Scout popcorn sale is under way, and Pack 790 Scouts will sell popcorn this weekend at Hampstead Country Crown, which is south of Hampstead near Wolf Hill, and Millers Food Market in Manchester.
For bingo tickets, call Laura Bosley, 410-239-9594 or Mary Zito, 410-239-3620.
Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 10/06/99