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  • Ahoy, matey!

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  • Today be International Talk Like A Pirate Day, and young scalawags at the Pittsburg Public Library 'ave been practicing all week t' shiver yer timbers with their pirate speak.
    Their story time activities helped, giving the young mateys some acceptable attire, accessories and annunciations for the big day.
    "You will know all types of things to say, because we will say some of them today," said librarian Janet Dutton.
    Dutton dressed in full pirate attire and then read two fun, pirate-themed books to the children gathered.
    "Little Badger: Terror of the Seven Seas," by Eve Bunting and illustrated by LeUyen Pham, follows the pirate adventures of Little Badger, whose friends don't' believe he's really a pirate.
    Children then learned all sorts of new pirate phrases when Dutton read "Bubble Bath Pirates," by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
    In the book, little pirates practice their pirate speak in the course of a bedtime routine, and participants in story time learned to say "Oh, blimey," "shiver me timbers," "prepare the cannons" and "off to get our bounty."
    They then learned about the most important elements of a pirate's wardrobe while dancing the "Pirate Pokey," during which they put their hat, eye patch, sward, parrot, peg leg and more in and out of the circle.
    Activities continued with children each constructing an authentic pirate hat and adding bright colors to paper parrots that then perched on the children’s shoulders.
    However, International Talk Like A Pirate Day is not just for children.
    What began in the children's section of the library will spread throughout the whole building today.
    "The library staff will dress up like pirates," said librarian Gail Sheppard.
    Additionally, for those who feel like their pirate speak could use some help, a computer language class on how to speak like a pirate will be offered from 2-3:30 p.m. today.
    The Movie Makers group also will continue their current project in the afternoon hours with ongoing filming of "Pete the Pirate."

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