The Leon County Public Library is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Tallahassee Downtown Book Fair this Saturday at Ponce de Leon Park on Park Avenue.
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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The Front Porch Library (SM) will be closed on Sunday, April 24th for the Easter holiday. We will open again on Sunday, May 1st for regular library hours (4 – 6pm).
Children will be encouraged to add items to the Library’s Time Capsule, which will be sealed at the end of the month and not opened again for two years.
SAVE THE DATE: June 12th will be a celebration of The Library’s 2nd birthday.
photo credit: Max, age 5
It was “Mystery Day” at the Front Porch Library. A “murder cake,” that dripped blood and had a knife sticking our of it was served. But best of all was the scavenger hunt which slipped in a lot of science (What does each of these machines do? What animal did these two skulls come from?) as well as clues that took the form of riddles and logic questions–and of course we threw in a snappy round of dodgeball.
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!
clip art credits:
boy and girl, adapted from Havana Street
daylight savings clock © MH
FPL logo © Jeff Horton
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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Today The Front Porch Library gang marched over to our neighbor Randi’s house to learn a little about agility training (for dogs that is). The kids thoroughly confused her shelties with their imperfect imitations of Randi’s signals, but even the dogs seemed to have a good time (dogs are such forgiving souls).
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!
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.
It was Front Porch Library day. We’ve been having so many kids lately that I baked two cakes. I don’t know whether it was the time change, Spring, or the audacity of baking two cakes, but today we had three kids. Each trouped home with a paper plate loaded with cake. “I need a slice for my mom, my brother, my dog…”
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.