Garden Notice

Adopt-a-Garden families and groups who have gardens at Christy Mathewson Park in Factoryville are asked to weed their gardens in time for Christy Mathewson Days, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 9-10. Flower gardens are still available for adoption by calling the Factoryville Shade Tree Commission at 945-7484.

Flea Market and Bake Sale

The Lake Winola Fire Department ladies auxiliary will host its annual flea market and bake sale on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fire hall, located on Route 307. Vendors are needed; the fee to rent a table and space is $6 while the fee to rent a space only is $5. Call Mary at 903-7481 for more information.

Softball Tryouts

The NEPA/Abington Wildcats fastpitch travel softball organization will host 16U and 18U tryouts for its fall 2013 and summer 2014 teams, which will attend several college showcases.

Tryouts will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 1-3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 11, from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, from 1-3 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 18, from 1-3 p.m. at Abington Heights High School, 222 Noble Road. For more information or to schedule a private tryout, call Vic Thomas at 351-5187, Mike Thomas at 241-7030, John Kelly at 504-4808, or email AbingtonWildcats@yahoo.com.

E-book Initiative

New e-reading technology made available by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through libraries gives young children a new way to experience books and learn to love reading. Library patrons across the state now have free access, either at home or at their local library, to BookFlix, an online e-reading program from Scholastic that combines classic fictional storybooks with similarly themed nonfiction e-books to make reading more engaging for children from ages three to eight.

The BookFlix program is made available to public and school libraries statewide through POWER Library, Pennsylvania's online resources. Power Library is available locally through either the Abington Community Library or the Dalton Community Library. BookFlix pairs animated storybooks based on popular children's picture books produced by Weston Woods with related nonfiction e-books from Scholastic.

Scholastic BookFlix offers 105 multimedia fiction-nonfiction pairs, of which more than 30 are available in Spanish. Designed to provide an interactive experience for young users, the unique features of BookFlix include a read-along option that provides word-by-word highlighting so children can follow along as the fiction video is narrated and the nonfiction ebook is read aloud.

Other features include narrated text and definitions of key vocabulary words to support beginning and reluctant readers as well as English language learners; educational games and activities that encourage children to show what they have learned and to reinforce early reading skills like fluency, vocabulary development and reading comprehension; biographies and interviews that introduce young readers to their favorite authors; and safe, age-appropriate web links to encourage children to further explore topics that pique their interest. For more information, visit www.lclshome.org/abington or www./lclshome.org/dalton.