this week at the FPL

Today was a race to get ready for Library time. Between FPL gatherings our hot water heater died, leaking all over the back room. As of this morning the contents of that room and all Ray’s plumbing supplies were spread throughout the house.

He was working on it, I was trying to clean the house without the help of water when Jackie arrived. It was 10 am, library starts at 4. “My grandmother told me to go to the library and help Miss Adrian get ready.” He messed around building things in the living room. I cleaned around him. Before departing, he showed me a painful trick on his bicycle–the front brake stopped the trick a little suddenly.

At the community garden the collards are suddenly bolting. I filled my wheel barrow with them and brought them to the library where the first order of business was stripping and trimming them. At first it was just me, Talese, Jorge and Cole–all volunteers, but then the kids began to come in. And come in.

We had carrots from the garden too (yup I started the healthy snack thing this week with carrots and celery stuffed with peanut butter). Who knew that the most popular activity of the day would be, not eating the healthy snack, but chopping the carrots up with sharp knives, then wondering if there might be any ranch dressing available…?

Meanwhile, inside the house the carton from the water heater was being converted into a vehicle for intergalactic travel. Markers were put to use decorating the box both outside and in. Harper was stationed inside the box drawing the controls for the space ship. With a couple more weeks work it should be ready for launch.

Meanwhile, bags of collards went home with kids–and I need to clean up again. Still, it was a mighty fine day at the library.

this week at the FPL

Our numbers at the Front Porch Library went zooming up again today, as I would have predicted because the knocks at the door started early and came often. “Is it time for library yet?”

Today’s program was an improv acting exercise. All the chairs were set out on the lawn for the audience along with a table full of props. Two actors would be on the front lawn stage. I’d hand one a prop and an opening line. Our first sketch had our tolerant volunteer Michael under a blanket and a kid saying, “My what a comfortable looking sofa. I think I’ll sit down.” The sofa, of course, engulfed the kid in short order.

One prop, one opening line, and the kids would go from there (although admittedly not very far), but some of the kids, like DeeDee really got into it, lowering his voice as the sheriff in the big black hat. “So, your cattle is missing?”

In the kitchen we broke out a donation of two boxes of big chocolate men (gingerbread men, only not) and icing for decorating.

Joe and Zion were at the center of castle building on the living room rug.

Kids read aloud to volunteers. Chloe cooked plastic food in a wok that was among the props for improv. Jackie had a bike crash on the street that was cured with a freeze pop.

Friends, we know that a lot of you follow our very local effort. Lately we have noticed that an occasional kid comes to the library genuinely hungry and we would like to institute a new tradition of putting out a healthy snack at the beginning of each library gathering.

As always, we are shoe-stringing along. If you’d like to make a small contribution our wonderful Miss Kary has set up the site to take pay pal. So, here is the link to us, along with photos of the library in action:

Another lively and amazing day at the FPL!

this week at the FPL



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Library was all outside today–nobody wanted to build duplo-block forts on the rug when the weather was so beautiful. I taped four Shel Silverstein poems to the big white table in the driveway. We read them aloud and figured out what they were about (they were read both right-side up and upside-down by folks on either side of the table–we have some good upside-down readers). Then everyone made illustrations for the poems.

We did “Falling Up”–in our illustration the character falling up hit a bird and quickly fell to the ground again. And one about the kid who won the ugliest mask contest but wasn’t wearing one, a dragon who blows his birthday candles on, and a bunch of mountain climbers who climb a mountain that moves and breathes. We did an excellent job, then pulled out Shel’s illustrations for comparison. We compared favorably.

We also did several of those three fold hybrid creatures (fold the paper and one person draws the head, another the body, and a third the legs). We had some good laughs. Then our volunteer Michael requested that everyone draw him a tattoo. He went home as The Illustrated Man.

We reinflated all the basketballs and restored their bounce. We cataloged and checked out books. A fine day at the FPL!

Time for a time change


Spring forward on Sunday!  Library hours are now  Sundays

from 4 to 6 pm!


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