this week at the FPL

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For some unknown reason, a yearning for drumming was in the air at the Front Porch Library so we put out every pot and reasonably resonant chair, every washtub and drinking glass we had and created some mighty fine rhythms.

Then we baked a chocolate cake because it seemed like a good day for chocolate cake warm out of the pan with fudge sauce.

Then we sorted and cataloged, did some reading and some railroad building on the living room floor, shot a few hoops–a fine day at the library, and in case you are wondering, warm chocolate cake with fudge sauce is just as good as it sounds.

this week at the FPL


The Front Porch Library rested last week. We all took a break to celebrate with family. The week before, cookie day at the FPL sounds like it was huge–I started celebrating with my family early–if the plate of wildly decorated cookies in the refrigerator was any indication an incredible time was had by all.

This week the rain was falling relentlessly so only Mr. John and I made it in. I bet everyone is getting ready for a return to school–with the exception of me and Mr. John. We sat and talked. I tore down the beds that occupy the library’s two bedrooms (we are not an ordinary library–when family comes to town it can sleep any number of friendly relatives).

In short, tune in next week. Rain-willing, we will be back in business.

Happy Holidays from the FPL

cookie4Here’s wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season and happy new year.

The Front Porch Library will be closed on December 28, 2014.

See you next year!

This week at the FPL

DSC04420 DSC04422 DSC04428 DSC04429 DSC04431 DSC04432An amazing group of volunteers joined us today.  They sorted books and craft supplies, kept eyes on the 8 year-olds who move at about a mile-a-minute, played basketball, made potholders, invented clothing for Rocky Jr. the pet rock, and helped us eat cake.  Midday through the afternoon an old school version of box ball (a.k.a. four square) took place.  Harper held his place for an impressive amount of time.  Also, we now know Jorge’s varsity sport.  He’s been a reigning box ball champion since the third grade.

John and Hanna made sure that reading took place.  Ray made sure that epic battles could be staged in miniature with a new old set of Lincoln Logs and army guys.  Adrian went off to sing, and still it was another great day at the library.  Couldn’t have done it without volunteers.  Thanks everybody — you know who you are.

this week at the FPL


Today at the Front Porch Library Kalesia and Justice, who moved out of the neighborhood came back–with an excused absence for the two weeks they missed. The flu. I am so accustomed to kids vanishing –and it breaks my heart every time, but having these two come back did me a world of good. These sisters have birthdays on consecutive days,tomorrow and Tuesday. We hit the prize box for a round of choose-your-own birthday present.

We were also giving away three ring binders and almost eight-year-old Kalesia claimed three, hunted down the package of notebook paper and dividers and assembled herself three working notebooks. Kalesia is already a teacher-in-training.

Miss Heather taught magnetism–a magnetism hunt ensued. What will a magnet stick to anyway?

Meg brought back the fired tiles for glazing and shared the sad news that taco man blew up in the kiln (sorry MLS).

Mr. John ran the kitchen where whole wheat jam muffins were baked. Cole listened to readers and generally helped out.

In the street, a bunch of older boys were shooting hoops with Hunter. My lecture to them was very simple. Be nice to the little kids and no cursing. When the muffins were carried out to the picnic tables in the driveway they instantly abandoned the hoop and sat, incredibly politely, waiting for hot muffins with butter and jam. That was one of my favorite moments; five teen and nearly-teen guys, not cursing, leaning expectantly toward a tray of muffins.

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this week at the FPL


Last week we took a vote and decided to close the library to kids today and have a work day–and work we did. We evicted spiders from nonfiction and the series cupboard (Jorge was the official spider evictor–no spiders were harmed).

We shook the dust out of the rug, hung new posters. Cole and Tiffany went through all the board games making sure they were complete and not too redundant–how many Scrabble games does the FPL really need? Mr. John cleaned and straightened out the cupboard where we store two library essentials: cake decorating supplies and Bandaids, meanwhile, his wife, Vikki repainted our sign at one of the tables in the driveway.

The kids did not totally stay away. Zion, who knocked on my door at twenty minute intervals all day up until library time distributed fliers with our ever-faithful volunteer Hunter. Joe wheezed in with a really bad case of bronchitis and alphabetized our library check-out cards, but with a twist. Joe’s alphabet begins with Z and ends with A.

For snack I pulled out a greatest-hits selection of frozen cake from weeks past. I don’t know why, but the leftover chunks (with the exception of a skinny bit of spice cake) were all chocolate: chocolate with blue icing, chocolate with eyeball sprinkles, chocolate with hot pink drips…you get the idea.

So, the library is cleaner and better organized, There are a fair number of homeless spiders wandering the porch aimlessly, and the supply of used cake is way down. Another good day at the FPL.


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