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!

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