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Pirates to storm Caz library

"Ahoy, mates. What are you waiting for? Shine your shoes, put on your best pirate scowl, and come on over to the Cazenovia Public Library for a pirate celebration."

Treasure-seeking children ages five to 10 are invited to get decked out in their favorite pirate costume, if they want, and join their fellow pirates from 3:15 to 5 p.m. Friday Sept. 17 in the Library Community Room.

Pirate crafts and tattoos will be part of the adventure as well as walking the plank and going on a treasure hunt. All will find pirate surprises along the way as well as the discovery of a really rich treasure in a selection of pirate books to borrow.

Digging for treasure in books, pirates will find Mem Fox's "Tough Boris," who is a mean, greedy old pirate-tough as nails, through and through, like all pirates. Or is he? And "Pirates," by C. Drew Lamm, is a wicked story guaranteed to keep young pirates hooked until the surprise ending. Then find Emily Arnold McCully's "The Pirate Queen," a swashbuckling tale of Grania O'Malley, Ireland's famed lady pirate.

Now step aboard, buccaneers and book lovers, for hilarious adventure on the high seas with Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies by Carolyn Crimi. Aboard a ship called the Salty Carrot, this wild, rowdy band of buccaneer bunnies is led by Barnacle Black Ear, the worst bunny brute of all time.

But, if "Fluffy, the Scourge of the Sea," by Teresa Bateman, sounds like your kind of treasure, then come aboard and find out how Fluffy uses all of his quick poodle wit, fetching style, and high-class tastes to defeat the scurvy pirate captain and meanest mutt on the high seas. And keep digging; book treasures never end. "Argh!"

This celebration is free and open to the public. No "pieces of eight" needed. For more information, call 655-9322 or visit cazenoviapubliclibrary.org

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