Hot Tamale & Adrian Fogelin at the Downtown Book Fair

Adrian Fogelin & Craig Reeder

The Leon County Public Library is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Tallahassee Downtown Book Fair this Saturday at Ponce de Leon Park on Park Avenue.

Craig and Adrian (Hot Tamale) will kick things off with some music beginning at 9:30 am.
At 10:30 Adrian will put on her author hat and talk about her writing — but wait — there’s more!

Kids Find Clues, Solve a Mystery

Measuring wind speed while making his own wind

Ever wonder how fast air is moving when you blow out a candle?  Kids at The Front Porch Library (SM) found out when they used a hand-held weather station to measure wind speed.  This was just one of the mysteries revealed when teams — led by the intrepid FSU Circle K volunteers Arsenio, Antonio, and Elisa — completed an elaborate scavenger hunt.  There were mystery items to identify, mystery smells, a search for a heart-shaped leaf, a book with a fruit on its title, and many more.  In case you wondered, the peanut butter jar held 777 dried beans … and it wasn’t even full!

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Dog Days with Randi

A day with the dogs and Randi

The dogs were the stars as Randi led them through the agility course.  It was loads of fun, especially when the kids got to help. A big “Thank You” to Randi, Tai, and Tripp for such a special program.

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Who's the best dog?!

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looking back on opening day

It was probably a terrible idea to set our opening date before we’d finished all our processing, arranging and cleaning.

It was probably a terrible idea, but through mild panic, a mighty force of volunteers, and yards of book tape, it worked.

Though in the days preceding our June 13 opening, we felt trepidation indeed, all worked to the good and the opening day was a smashing success. Most of our nightmares blessedly failed to materialize. We weren’t left alone with dozen of hot dogs and hundreds of books, nor was a run made on our little Marcia Street enclave, reducing us to an overwhelmed heap. Sure, calamities we couldn’t have expected befell the opening event (most memorably, a little boy peeing onto our fresh-scrubbed but thankfully cement porch floor!), but on the whole, opening day left us energized for the summer ahead. Important conversations were had, hot dogs got gobbled energetically, and books set off on adventures across the neighborhood. It’s only now we recognize how lucky we were.

Pictured, above right: A section of the chapter books and our politically nostalgic, obsolete old globe.

Pictures, above left: Adrian explains the library to a mother.