Here’s proof that we don’t just make up those entertaining anecdotes about the library. Can anyone I.D. the critter?
We had eleven kids and three volunteers today. We swatted mosquitoes, hosted an intense game of hangman, photographed a colorful bug, and took turns admiring Adrian’s pink panther pants. Now you’ll get to truly direct the library from your chair. We’re glad you are home and have a vantage to watch the grass grow for the next several weeks.
Today at the Front Porch Library we began to build a Rube Goldberg machine. So far the marble only travels down the toilet paper tube, across the pickup sticks, hanging a left to enter the paper towel tube before jetting up the ramp and into a cup with a satisfying ping. Next Sunday, with a few addition, it should begin generating power. We hope.
Hot tip from the Front Porch Library: do not buy watercolors at the Dollar store. There is not enough paint in one of those things to paint even one decent color wheel. The plastic Easter eggs are good though. we decorated them with markers and stickers. The ones we bought (mysteriously) had two holes in the end. Poke sewing thread through and you have a fine, if ridiculously large, pendant.
Made purple icing at the Front Porch library, then drew a color wheel and figured out how to turn the leftover icing brown (looked good with the purple). We operated Max with a remote (we could pause and rewind him but there was no “mute” button). A’Miracle read the word “carpenter” without help. An all around good time.
We have some exciting news. The Front Porch Library has been selected by documentary filmmaker Amber McKenzie to be the topic of her next film. Amber is from California — she’s also Jennifer M’s cousin. She picked The Front Porch Library because she wanted an uplifting and inspiring topic. She also wants more people to know about our library and thinks that a movie is the perfect way to accomplish that.
We would like you to plan to be at the library on Sunday, April 15th or Sunday, April 22nd (or BOTH!) to be in the production.
On the Sundays leading up to filming, we will be doing some spring cleaning and sprucing up of the front porch and yard. We’ll also try interviewing and photographing each other, like professional journalists and filmmakers do. Library hours are 3 to 5 pm on Sunday.
Hope to see you soon.
Our next endeavor (maybe): “Little Libraries” for the neighborhood.
The driveway at the library is now freshly gravelled (wonder if that second L was really called for). The library will be open as always tomorrow from 3-5.
It took them 60 years but the oaks finally managed to collapse the sewer pipe under the driveway at the library house with their insidious roots, causing expense, the loss of a driveway and a mud-bog cancellation of library hours yesterday. The plumbing is up and running but we have to recreate a driveway before next Sunday’s library hours. Sigh.
We’ve been exploring maps this month and spent a day making our own. Some maps showed the route from the library to home. Others included friends’ houses in the neighborhood. And a few maps were architectural, showing the layout of a bedroom. Click here for more photos.