This week's top reader submitted pics: 5 photos March 3, 2014Batavia Public Library staff don their Winter Library Club T-shirts for a staff photo. The library celebrated its Winter Library Club with the theme “I Love Batavia Public Library,” Jan. 18 through Feb. 28. Participating families engaged in activities to earn chances to win a brunch, a bowling package, games, and more and enjoyed a magic show – one of several programs offered during the six-week celebration.Red Oak Nature Center will be offering an early, sweet taste of spring on Saturday, March 15 when the annual MapleFest takes place. Tours will run every hour beginning at 9 a.m. (final tour at 1 p.m.), with naturalists from Red Oak leading visitors to various stations in the woods to view demonstrations of how maple sap is harvested and turned into maple syrup. Red Oak Nature Center is located on Route 25 in North Aurora, one mile north of Route 56. For more information, contact Red Oak at 630-897-1808 or visit www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.More than 100 Aurora University students and employees hand tied 61 fleece blankets in the 12th annual Project Linus blanket lunch hour in Thornton Gymnasium on Feb. 27. Student-athletes sponsored the event and raised a record $1,115 for materials. Blankets will be donated to children in hospitals, shelters and other agencies.Auroran Caden Carnes, 7, displays his Pinewood Derby car and a third place trophy it won for speed at Hall Elementary School's Cub Pack 358 Derby at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Aurora. Carnes' car, Flaming Dynomita, also placed second for design among 40 entries. Cubs raced homemade 5-ounce, wooden cars. After gravity-powered cars raced down an aluminum track, trophies were awarded in a half-dozen age categories. A team of fifth graders representing Williamsburg Elementary School participated in the WordMasters Challenge, a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. The fifth grade team scored an impressive 178 points out of a possible 200 in the first of three meets this year, placing eighth in the nation.