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Habitot Children's Museum

Habitot Children's Museum
2065 Kittredge Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 647-1111

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New Parnership with SF Bulls Pro Hockey

SF Bulls Mascot RawhideOn Thursday, October 4th Habitot’s newest community partner, the San Francisco Bulls Pro Hockey Team, will be making an appearance at our museum from 10:30 am–12:30 pm. Players will be available to take pictures, sign autographs, and answer questions about being professional hockey players. The SF Bulls’ mascot, Rawhide, will also be on hand to meet the kids and take pictures.

This Month's SF Bulls Giveaway to Habitoters: a Free Birthday Party at the SF Bulls Cow Palace Arena. Included: 10 tickets to a game of your choice, a visit by SF Bulls mascot, Rawhide, and a personalized birthday announcement on the scoreboard during the game. Enter to Win!

The San Francisco Bulls drop the puck on their inaugural season on October 12 and tickets and merchandise purchased through Habitot will benefit our exhibits and outreach programs. Tickets | Shop

Firehouse Exhibit Opens

Firehouse Exhibit OpensConnie Melendez was once an undergraduate work-study student at UC-Berkeley, paying for part of her college education while working at Habitot part-time. She excelled at decorating the museum and improving exhibits while operations manager. So it was no surprise that one day a HUGE box of firefighter costumes and helmets arrived from Connie and her husband who generously responded to our appeal to bring back the Firehouse exhibit. A dozen other families and individuals sent in donations to help refurbish the exhibit for all to enjoy. A thank you to these special donors and friends will take place on Sunday, September 16 at a special Preview Opening and Party. The exhibit will open to the public on Monday, September 17.

Join us at the Preview Opening—It's not to late to be among the FIRST to experience the exhibit by making a donation today. Contributions are needed throughout the installation to maintain the exhibit and support on-going programming.

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Best Indoor Play Place - Again

Parents' Press LogoReaders of Parents' Press have voted Habitot "Best Indoor Playground" for the second year in a row. Bring in a copy of the
magazine posting through September 30 and receive $1 off each admission.

Early Childhood Safety Days a Hit with Parents

Car Seat InspectionsOver 300 families visited our free-admission, early childhood safety days on August 24 and 25, and 27 car seats were inspected and installed at our off-site care seat check. New York Life created dozens of child-ID safety cards, complete with up-to-date photo, height and weight. Anna Griffin, EMT, demonstrated choke-saving in English and Spanish, and representatives from the Childproofer, AAA, Berkeley Health Department and the Red Cross presented important information for parents on childproofing, toxin-free homes, earthquake safety while Habitot staff fitted dozens of children with helmets (which will continue to be on sale year-round at $9 each). Thanks to AAA Northern CA, NV & UT for the donation of five car seats for low-income families.

Outstanding Volunteers Build Parent Resources

Corporate Philanthropy 2012 AwardsThis year, we have been so fortunate to have the volunteer support of two outstanding community members who have made a long-term commitment to our parent resource library and reference cart. Here are their stories:

Julie Wong

I've been volunteering at Habitot since January, 2012. I work Monday mornings, restoring order to the shelves in the Family Resource Library after they've been browsed by weekend visitors.

One of my main tasks is to process new acquisitions, many of which are donated by Habitot families and members of the community. I also develop the collection by approaching booksellers and publishers for donations of books on topics of interest to Habitot families. In addition to adding new books, I remove copies that are out of date or not in very good condition, keeping the collection current, relevant and interesting.

I chose Habitot as a place to volunteer because I remembered that when our sons were in preschool together, Gina Moreland, the current director of Habitot, was beginning to organize a learning center/museum for preschoolers.

I recently earned a Master's in Library Information Science through San Jose State, but found I wasn't able to take classes in every subject that interested me. Collection development was one of these subjects, so I was delighted to discover that Gina was looking for volunteers to help maintain and develop the Family Resource Center. It's been great researching and reviewing books, contacting publishers and adding new books to the collection.

Volunteering at Habitot has also been interesting because it's given me insight into how non-profits and small libraries really have to work to stretch their dollars. I see how much the museum relies on volunteers, interns and donors. It's also heartwarming to see how much Gina and Habitot give back to the community. It feels good to be working in a place that not only helps the families who can afford to be members, but those who can't. There are also programs to help at-risk families. All of this makes me glad I'm part of an organization that provides information to parents, grandparents and other caregivers, so they can raise their children to be happy and healthy.

As a volunteer at Habitot doing cataloging and collection development, I feel my skills are needed and my work makes a real difference.

By the way, I am actively job-searching and would love to work in a library setting with children, teens or adults. I am particularly interested in reference, cataloging, archives, research and collection development and you can reach me at mjwong59@sbcglobal.net.

Alexa Hauser

I started volunteering at Habitot in March of this year. I work 12-15 hours a month, generally once a week for a few hours, organizing and adding new articles to the Purple Parent Reference Cart.

I was taking a Spanish class with Gina Moreland, the founder and executive director of Habitot and was taken with Habitot's mission and many projects she described (at least as much of them as I understood in Spanish). I am a retired educator, and I liked the idea of contributing to children's informal education and supporting families in raising healthy, happy children.

I like exploring a whole new area to me—parent education topics for children from birth to five. It's great to find information that I think will be useful to parents and other caregivers. I also like seeing what articles and resources have been most popular, it leads me to investigate additional areas. I've also had fun organizing the massive collection of resource files for parents and caregivers. It's sounds weird, but I like to organize things and I'm good at it, so a session at Habitot is generally very satisfying for me. Finally, I love watching young kids explore something that fascinates and/or thrills them. Their concentration is both complete and fleeting, their laugh contagious, their tears heart-wrenching, their insistence forceful, and their trust endearing.

Gina Moreland had a vision for how she could contribute to children, families, and the community, and she made it happen. Hundreds of children and those that support them have joyful, playful, learning experiences every day because of what she and those she has brought together have brought into existence. It's a concrete example of the Margaret Mead admonition: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

I would recommend volunteering at Habitot because it's a worthy program and a way to contribute to young children and their families in our community. There are lots of different kinds of support Habitot needs, and so it's likely you can do something that you are good at and enjoy.

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