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    The UWS's St. Agnes branch library reopens

    Wed Feb 10

    Some good library news for a change : The NYPL's St. Agnes branch , closed for renovation since October 2007, celebrates its grand reopening this Thursday with a day of family activities (Magic! Music! Face painting! Balloon animals!). Much of the building's first floor is devoted to the kiddies, with two reading areas, a new sky-lit story-hour room, comfy seating, 12 computer terminals—and, best of all, enough books to while away many a winter's afternoon. The festivities kick off Thursday February 11 at 11am with the opening ceremony and ribbon cutting; kids' programming begins at 12:30pm. Photo: Elizabeth Felicella

    Tuesday's event pick: Storytime with Roger Hackett

    Tue Feb 9

    Since it's still too old outside to play in the park (and there's still no snow to sled on, grrr), curl up in Park Slope's Barnes & Noble for storytime with author Roger Hackett. He will read aloud from his multicultural book Ryan & Robbie's Bike Ride Adventure and Lao Lao's Chinese Secret in honor of the upcoming Lunar New Year.

    Stuck inside tomorrow? Keep the kids busy with these fun, DIY activities

    Tue Feb 9

    We love snow days just as much as the next kid, but keeping the brood busy all day can be a challenge—especially after you've already gone sledding , built a snowman and had some hot chocolate . Don't worry! Try one of these indoor activities that are guaranteed to add a blast of sunshine to even the most brutal winter day. 1) Have a traveling shindig Remember back in college, when a keg party would move from dorm room to dorm room? Simply substitute juice boxes for beer, and you've got a cheerful way to spend the day without ever putting on gloves and hats. Get in touch with other families in your building to plan the celebration: The kids can start out eating pancakes in 9M, move to 12K for an arts-and-crafts project, watch DVDs in 3L and have a board-game tournament in 7G. (Plastic cups full of beer or wine for parents are optional.) 2)Make balloon animals You don't have to be a Silly Billy to twist balloons into funny shapes. In fact, kids can...

    Snow day! All public schools to be closed

    Tue Feb 9

    In case you haven't heard, schools chancellor Joel Klein has decreed that all New York City public schools will be closed on Wednesday, February 10 due to the impending snow. Assuming it's not a false alarm (you know, like Saturday's storm was for most of the five boroughs), stock up on hot chocolate, dust off your sled and make the most of the winter weather. Check out our roundup of the best sledding hills in the city, including a little-known Upper East Side slope. Remember, the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation often gives out free cocoa and snacks at designated locations on snow days. Check the website for details, or follow the org on Twitter. Tomorrow should also be a great day to ice-skate. The Pond at Bryant Park has already closed for the season, but most of the other rinks are open, including the one in Battery Park. Call ahead to make sure they don't close because of the inclement weather, If you're planning to build a snowman, we've got expert tips (seriously!) on...

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