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SOMETHING TO READ

“The Lonely Lake Monster: The Imaginary Veterinary Book 2” by Suzanne Selfors; illustrations by Dan Santat; Little Brown, $16.

This is the second fun book in this series starring Pearl Petal, who has a reputation as a troublemaker in her tiny hometown of Buttonville, named for the button factory that closed down. Pearl and her friend Ben Silverstein are reporting for their first day as interns at the closed-down factory, which the townspeople believe is a worm hospital run by veterinarian Dr. Woo. Pearl and Ben know it’s not really a worm hospital, but a hospital for creatures from the Imaginary World. Little do they know that their first job as interns will be the disgusting task of cutting the Sasquatch’s toenails. Pearl and Ben are warned to keep away from the hospital’s only other patient, a leprechaun with a cold. But Pearl discovers another rather surprising patient, and her adventurous spirit makes things very exciting. Selfors includes some fun ideas for projects at the end of the book along with the first pages of her next “Imaginary Veterinary” adventure: “The Rain Dragon Rescue.”

– Jean Westmoore

SOMETHING TO DO

The Buffalo & Erie County Library will present Haunted History Tours at 4 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Central Library, Lafayette Square. Learn about the history of the library and all things spooky at the library during the one-hour tour. A film, “Haunted Library,”will be shown after the tour. For more information, call 858-8900 or visit www.buffalolib.org.

SOMETHING TO LEARN

Try this experiment: Pour a few drops of vegetable oil into a glass of water. The oil floats on top of the water, spreads out and makes a light covering. Why? First, most oils weigh less than water. Second, most oils do not dissolve in water, but tend to stick together. When oil goes into water, oil molecules cluster near each other at the surface. Although oil floats on water, oil spills can be difficult to clean up.

– Time for Kids Big Book of Why