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.
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!”
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!
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”
Last week at the library, we asked the kids to help plan for the year ahead. They brainstormed and recorded the list you see above. We’re going to start with some cooking. Maybe making pizza again from scratch — making the dough, grating the cheese, the whole shebang. It has been a year and a half since we last did that and we have almost an entirely new group of kids now.