* Madeline, the children's book character, will appear at Borders Book Shop in Springfield for the store's "Vive la France" celebration at 11 a.m. Saturday. Activities scheduled include stories, games and fun, and reservations are suggested. Borders is in the Springfield Square Shopping Center, 1001 Baltimore Pike. For information, call 543-8588.
* Bernice Sherman, the Alphabet Lady, will tell Thanksgiving tales at Borders Books & Music in Bryn Mawr at 11 a.m. Saturday as part of the weekly Kids' Time Series. Admission is free. Borders is at 1149 Lancaster Ave. For information, call 527-1500.
* The Marple Newtown Players Children's Theatre will present The Reluctant Dragon Saturday and Sunday at the Gauntlett Community Center. The show, directed by George Spence, tells about a boy who meets a poetry-writing dragon. It features a cast of 15.
The show is at 11 a.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $2.50 for children and $3.50 for adults. Lunch with the cast on Saturday costs an additional $2. The center is at West Chester Pike and Media Line Road in Newtown Square. For information, call 353-9181.