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This week at the FPL

Today at the Front Porch Library we had a dozen kids, two adults, one red velvet cake, several enthuiastic matches of bocce and one boy collecting any insect that came his way, sticking them in the handy plastic box strapped to his belt. Never a dull Sunday at this neighborhood library!

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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This week at the FPL

I presented to the “Forever Young” group at St. Paul’s Methodist Church. A terrific group, and when I talked about The Front Porch Library they asked what I needed. I plucked up my courage and said money–art supplies, cupcakes and legos cost. Those wonderful, practical people took up a collection. Thank you, thank you one and all!

Sharing the wealth

Over the past year and a half, several volunteers have taken extra books from The Front Porch Library and shared them with Hope Community, our local homeless shelter.  In addition, we’ve helped organize their Learning Center, a children’s library and play space in the family dorm.  If you have donated books to us and we already have a copy or two, they will likely land there.  Check out Hope Community, if you haven’t already.  You’ll be glad you did.

Any old Sunday at the library

Copyright 2010 KS Kublin

This past Sunday we had 10 adults and 16 kids romping it up at the library.  The numbers are stunning.  So glad the weather was nice.  A big thank you to Jennifer M, Jen, Tracy, Melissa, Sally, Michelle, and Mackie for keeping things running smoothly while Adrian was away and Kary was busy.

Beautiful moments abounded … Tony doing the hoola hoop.  Tracy fixing her crossbow arrows.  Jen getting kids doing anything they could think of with card stock and magazines.  Jennifer on the blanket sharing books with Iris.  Zay organizing a circle ball game for everybody.  Lots of icing.  Heaps of popcorn.  Some great read-alouds.  The start of spring couldn’t be better.

What Do You Love? Salsa Dancing with Tony & Alvine!


February’s program had a LOVE theme.  Not, “WHO do you love?”  but, ” WHAT do you love?”  What are you passionate about?  What shakes you to your core or fills you up like nothing else?

For Adrian, it’s writing.  She gave us a tour — of sorts — that took us from the kernel of an idea to the manuscript to the published book .. in English, Italian, Japanese, and French.

Then Tony and Alvine talked about how they had come to love dancing.  Continue reading “What Do You Love? Salsa Dancing with Tony & Alvine!”

Trip to China compliments of Craig

Craig teaching some Mandarin phrases

 

The January program took us to China with Craig Reeder arriving in proletarian garb.  He taught us Chinese characters, shared pictures and postcards, gave a chopstick lesson, and read a harrowing tale.  We also signed kids up to be pen pals with students in China.  Stay tuned!

Craig aquainting us with the written language of China

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Book Review – The Chronicles of Prydain

The Chronicles of Prydain  by Lloyd Alexander are five different books that follow the life of Taran, a young Assistant Pig-Keeper. In the first book, The Book of Three, Taran is just a small boy who helps keep watch over a magician’s magical pig. But when the magical pig runs away to avoid the evil Queen Achren, Taran finds himself in an adventure. From the dungeons of Spiral Castle to the underground land of the Fair Folk (enchanted beings like elves and fairies), Taran must use his wits and be brave to survive. Along the way, Taran makes new friends like the young and fearless, Princess Eilonwy; the heroic knight, Gwydion; and the strange but adorable creature, Gurgi.    Continue reading “Book Review – The Chronicles of Prydain”