Soar with Reading Book Grant

Soar with Reading, KLRU Explorers, PBS KIDS and Jet Blue logos

This summer, just by visiting SoarwithReading.com, thousands of Americans are placing age-appropriate books in the hands of children who need them, through one simple yet powerful action: sharing the name of their favorite children’s book. Soar with Reading, now in its second year, is a partnership between JetBlue Airways’ (Nasdaq: JBLU) and PBS KIDS. The program is setting the stage for back-to-school reading success through book donations, and free resources for families including an interactive reading list, reading tips and expert advice for keeping kids engaged in literature.

For every title shared on the website, JetBlue is donating an age-appropriate book to a deserving child through partner Barefoot Books. Book donations in the Austin-area have been awarded to Escuelita del Alma in partnership with KLRU-TV. Similar donations are being made to local literacy-focused organizations identified in partnership with PBS member stations in the 71 cities that JetBlue currently serves.

Do your part and help KLRU get books to the kids at Escuelita del Alma by sharing your favorite children’s book! To help, visit: http://bit.ly/jT0VYT.

New Children's Schedule

KLRU is excited to announce the following changes to our schedule for children’s programs, to begin September 3:

Daniel Tiger Neighborhood

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is a new show from the Fred Rogers Institute (Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.) Daniel is the grandson of the original Daniel Tiger, and many other relatives from the original show are present in the Land of Make Believe. The show focuses on Daniel’s communications with friends and family, especially when things don’t work out the way he wants them to! [Monday-Friday, 10am and repeats Monday-Friday, 12:30pm and Sundays at 8am.]

Sesame Street characters
Sesame Street will have many new episodes and Elmo will star in a new segment highlighting music and creativity. [Daily at 7am and repeats Sunday at 5am]

Cyberchase characterSciGirl characterWild Kratt brothers
We will have lots more Math and Science content during the after-school times, including new episodes from Cyberchase [Monday-Friday at 1:30-pm], SciGirls [Friday at 4:30pm], and the Wild Kratts [Monday-Friday at 4pm]!

Martha Speaks
In the morning before the start of the school day, kids can get a vocabulary blast from Martha Speaks [Monday-Friday at 6:30am and repeats Monday-Thursday at 5pm]

Signing Time will run Monday through Friday at 1pm to help infants and toddlers communicate with caregivers.

Dino and Tiny from Dinosaur Train
Saturday mornings will have a special 8-9am Train Hour, starring Thomas & Friends and Dinosaur Train.

Go to www.klru.org and click on “Schedule” to see when all KLRU shows appear on all four of our channels!

Sat., Aug. 25: KLRU joins with Whole Foods and PBS Kids in Fantastic Organic!

PBS Parents has recently launched a new website with Whole Foods called Fantastic Organic where you can find collected tips, ideas, recipes, videos and games to encourage you and your family to explore organic produce and foods.

KLRU is joining in the fun, too! Saturday, August 25, the new Whole Foods Market at Arbor Trails in South Austin will have a fun run, an in-store organic scavenger hunt, and our very own Biscuit Brothers! The events start at 8:00 am with the fun run at 8:00 am, then yoga at 10:00 am. The Biscuits take the stage at noon as the scavenger hunt commences. While there, pick up a schedule of our fall PBS Kids lineup, including the debut of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and consider the KLRU Explorers family membership!


ARTHUR “Baby Kate Adventure Week”

Arthur and D.W. look at baby Kate sleeping in her cribThis summer, PBS KIDS’ summer learning initiative helps kids continue building key literacy skills throughout summer vacation with themed weeks.

Starting June 18 at 3 p.m. on KLRU

ARTHUR
Baby Kate Adventure Week

Fifteen – Parts 1 & 2 – June 18
How much can Arthur and his friends do in 15 minutes? Arthur tries to race home to find his report and get back to school before class starts. George gets his shot to win big bucks for his school on the radio show “15 minutes of Fame.” Kate and Pal try to defeat the “Red Claw” and their mission of getting kids to play with cats by eliminating all imaginary friends. Can they all accomplish these missions impossible before the clock counts all the way down? Only time will tell!

Around the World in 11-Minutes/Muffy and the Big Bad Blog – June 19
Pal, Baby Kate, Amigo, and Mei Lin enthusiastically accept Nemo’s dare to travel around the world and make it back in 11 minutes. After all, there’s a prized pork chop and a lot of pride on the line! Adventuring by plane, hot-air balloon and motor scooters, the gang encounters many obstacles along the way – mostly because of Nemo’s meddling! – but giddily experience the joys of global expedition.

Muffy discovers that web blogging is a great way to keep her readers up to date with her every move…whether they’re interested or not! But then she goes too far and publicizes a disagreement with Francine. Can Muffy learn that some things really are better left private?

Paradise Lost/The Pride of Lakewood – June 20
Baby Kate is growing up! She’s started saying her first words. But strangely enough, the more words she learns, the less she seems to understand their dog, Pal. The two head off to the Children’s Zoo in search of the Dolly Llama for an explanation, and to see if they can reverse the process. Along the way, they learn that growing up is inevitable and maybe it isn’t so bad.

To boost school pride, Arthur and his classmates form the Lakewood Pride Committee, which immediately and fervently adds members, distributes buttons and creates special chants. But Brain and Sue Ellen, feeling pressured, decide they don’t want to join – and are accused of not loving their school. Can they prove that they’re proud of Lakewood Elementary even if they’re not part of this new group?

The Blackout/Mei Lin Takes a Stand – June 21
It’s the hottest day in Elwood City, when a total blackout leaves its residents without any electricity. Will Arthur and DW survive without AC and TV? Luckily, the Molina family steps in to teach the Reads a lesson on how to keep cool and have fun as a community even under the toughest of weather conditions!

Binky’s baby sister Mei-Lin isn’t keen on learning to walk and would rather stick to crawling. But then Baby Kate and Pal’s flea friends, brothers Sale and Pepe, return to Elwood City and share a tale of a little princess in the land of “Hanzan-Niis” who learns to walk in order to save her beloved court jester. Will Mei Lin be inspired to take a stand or continue to stumble?

Baby Kate and the Imaginary Mystery/Strangers on a Train – June 22
Nadine, D.W.’s imaginary friend is missing! Baby Kate, Pal, Amigo, and Nemo are all on the case and won’t give up until this mystery is solved – even if some fur gets ruffled along the way! Could the Tibbles be hiding Nadine? Or is the solution to the mystery closer to home?

Sue Ellen can’t wait to travel on an old-fashioned train with her mom. It will be just like those black and white movies! But once onboard, Sue Ellen discovers that the train is not as spectacular as she had hoped – until she finds a mysterious diary on board. Could it belong to the ghost of the “Crown City Star”??

SUPER WHY! Around the World Adventure

Map of Africa and North & South AmericaThis summer, SUPER WHY! headlines PBS KIDS’ summer learning initiative with a special on-air event — the SUPER WHY! Around the World Adventure — and a week of themed programming starting July 2 at 9 a.m.

SUPER WHY! Around the World Adventure
Friday, June 15 at 9 & 11 a.m.
Saturday, June 16 at 9 a.m.

Two new episodes  –  take the Super Readers around the world in back-to-back adventures.

Super Why and the Around the World AdventureWith the help of their teacher, Wyatt and his friends have contacted a girl from another school over the computer and are wondering where she lives. The Super Readers take a trip around the world with a wacky explorer named Wobblebottom, who is on the hunt for his friend Sophie. Will they be able to help Wobblebottom find his friend?

Super Why and Naila and the Magic MapPig and his friends are playing when they find what looks like an Egyptian treasure map, but they can’t make out the symbols! To search for some answers, the Super Readers soar into the book “Naila and the Magic Map” and explore the world of ancient Egypt. Will they be able to help Naila unravel the mysterious code that will unlock where the treasure lies?

ROBOTS TAKE OVER PBSKIDS GO!

WORDGIRL battles robots all week long, starting June 11th at 3:30 p.m. on KLRU, as the beloved, Emmy Award-winning series from Scholastic Media features “Tobey’s Robot Summer” week on PBS KIDS Go!, including the series premiere “Road Rage, Anger, and Fury/By Jove, You’ve Wrecked My Robots!”

June 11Road Rage, Anger, and Fury/By Jove, You’ve Wrecked My Robots!
** Premiere **
“ROAD RAGE, ANGER, AND FURY”
At the end of her rope and fed up with city traffic, Lady Redundant Woman creates an army of copies to block other cars and allow her own to sail smoothly. Can Becky distract her family long enough to the copying criminal?
Vocabulary Words: Obstacle, Rant
“BY JOVE, YOU’VE WRECKED MY ROBOTS!”
With the hope of exposing WordGirl’s true identity, Tobey takes a game about evil robots to Becky’s house. When the game turns into a real battle between real robots, Becky must struggle to save the city while keeping her identity a secret.
Vocabulary Words: Savvy, Realize

June 12Bummertime/The Homerun King
“BUMMERTIME”
On the last day of summer Becky just wants to read her favorite book in the hammock and play outside with her friends. But Tobey and his latest robot creation, Chronos, are getting in the way. She must figure out how to stop crime and still enjoy her final vacation day.
Vocabulary Words: Prolong, Aggravated
“THE HOMERUN KING”
When TJ hits a home run that also foils a crime he becomes Home Run King, the city’s latest superhero. When he starts to fight real crimes and gets in over his head, WordGirl has to step in and save the day.
Vocabulary Words: Extraordinary, Fortunate(ly)

June 13Bampy Battles Bots/Truth, Revision, and the Lexicon Way
“BAMPY BATTLES BOTS”
The Botsfords couldn’t be more excited about Grandpa Bampy’s, visit! While there, Bampy tells a surprised Becky that he used to fight villains better than WordGirl. When Tobey invents the ultimate robot, will Bampy help WordGirl save the day?
Vocabulary Words: Invincible, Fiction/Fictional
“TRUTH, REVISION, AND THE LEXICON WAY”
Mr. Big tries a new form of mind control by taking over the school’s newspaper. With misleading articles and city-wide contests, Mr. Big threatens to reveal WordGirl’s secret identity.
Vocabulary Words: Revise/Revision, Misleading

June 14Have Snob, Will Travel/Tobey’s Playground Calamity
“HAVE SNOB, WILL TRAVEL”
Unable to choose which valuable items to steal, The Butcher kidnaps Reginald the jeweler and uses him to find fine artifacts. Amidst a painting contest, Becky must put down her paint brush so WordGirl can rescue Reginald and stop the Butcher’s stealing spree.
Vocabulary Words: Formal, Fret
“TOBEY’S PLAYGROUND CALAMITY”Ms. Davis holds a recycling fundraiser to raise money for a new playground, which was destroyed by villains… Will Becky finally be recognized for her merits over WordGirl or will Tobey’s evil robots destroy the city in a quest to win?
Vocabulary Words: Dedicate, Calamity

June 15WordBot/Mt. Rushhere
“WORDBOT”
Tobey builds a robot replica of WordGirl named WordBot. When WordBot gets jealous and turns on him, WordGirl and Tobey are forced to team-up to defeat the metal monster.
Vocabulary Words: Devoted, Backfire
“MOUNT RUSHHERE”
When the grown-ups suddenly go missing, the kids take advantage of an adult-free world. When WordGirl discovers Mr. Big is using a mind-control device to force the adults to build a tribute in his honor she must destroy the machine and rescue the adults.
Vocabulary Words: Advantage, Tribute

2012 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BEE

National Geographic Bee LogoSaturday, May 26, 6-7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 29, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Friday, June 1, Noon-1 p.m.

The annual National Geographic Bee returns for the 24th consecutive year with host and moderator Alex Trebek. The 2012 National Geographic Bee will feature fourth- to eighth-graders vying for the Bee crown and the top prize of a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. Second and third prizes are college scholarships of $15,000 and $10,000. The finalists, all winners of their state-level geographic bees, have triumphed over a field of nearly 5 million students to earn a place in the national championships. They represent the 50 states, District of Columbia, Atlantic Territories, Pacific Territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools.

Website: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geographybee