Although it was a scorcher and the heat index was HIGH, the children and adults alike enjoyed the family magic show with Jonathan May. He was a great performer and managed to keep all ages engaged and interested despite the weather. Audience participation was a plus and the children came out of the theater with big smiles. Gregory Library highly recommends him!
Today was Sensory Story Time, one of my favorite days of the week at the library. Bins full of construction trucks, dirt and digging tools helped us learn vocabulary, develop fine motor skills and share. We glued and glittered sand on constructions scenes and became involved in interactive stories that has us counting to ten and repeating phrases. Taking turns, remembering "please" and "thank you" and flushing the toilet were also part of our day. But the best of all is when the shy ones let go of their mommy's hand and become involved in the play, forgetting that they were determined not to take part! Thank you, little ones, for making my day so special.
Lots of fun on Friday with our 5th-8th grade Library Race...also known as AMAZING. Despite the 90+ degrees, the youth raced around town (although I told them it was a race for endurance, not time!) finding clues and doing silly challenges at each destination. We give thanks for Kathy, Kristen, Halee, Rae, Al, Tamara, and Joan for taking on the task of Destination Master at their locations. The race participants unanimously said they had a great time, even though some lost all their clues and one team was lost in the great wilderness of Gregory for awhile. There favorite challenges involved WATER. After the teams made it back to the library, the teens were treated to smoothies at the Dayspiring. Looking forward to next year's event. Contact Diane at the library if you want to be a Destination Master next summer!
Mother Goose has been traveling around the library visiting with all of the children. I never know where she will be after a busy day of programs. Today she is checking out the shelves for a new book to read.
Today was monkey day at our first Book Buddies event of the summer. Lots of monkey shenanigans with little ones and parents. I just love my job!
It's been over a month since I've shared anything in our blog and that sad...but, no, wait! It's great! Because it means I have been having the joy of my life visiting school classrooms, hosting field trips, doing final daycare story times, printing out publicity materials, and planning great things in hopes of having another wonderful summer of programs at the library.
Thanks to LOTS of partnering with our school faculty, school librarian (the great Holly Whitney!), and the terrific daycare folks, the children of the community are finally recognizing me everywhere I go. (Love all those hugs!) It is so rewarding to have the children come into the library now and show their parents how to use the OPAC!
In between visits, I was able to help judge the Reading Olympics for the third grade contenders and be the moderator for the Brain Brawl, our regional area academic challenge for grades 3-8, led by Gregory wonder woman and teacher, Chris Baldwin.
It's been very busy, but great. Certainly makes time fly by fast. Remember: Registration Day for summer programs is MONDAY, MAY 22 from 10am-8pm. Hope to see you then!
Gregory County Historical Banner on display in the main room. Children's art contest entries lining the walls of the meeting room. Friendly (?!) discussion in the Gregory Book Club meeting. A new TAB video on our home web page. The community gathering at the library as an audience for the 4th grade students as they share their one minute (or less) "Favorite Book" commercials over the noon hour on Wednesday. Story times at local day cares (Wednesday afternoon) and in the children's area (Saturday morning) These are just some of the ways that we are celebrating National Library Week April 9-15.at our library. What are you doing? We'd like to hear some other fun ways that libraries are celebrating next week!
It's time once again for the annual used books and more sale at the library. We have had lots of great donations and, of course, we have weeded out some materials as well. So far the response from avid readers has been terrific. Stop by and buy! We will be selling until April 1st.
"A rocky start" is a mild way to describe 2017 for my family. So I truly appreciate friends pitching in and helping out. To Judy, Joan and Norma, thank you for taking on volunteer hours doing those jobs I just couldn't get to. To my terrific staff, thanks for adding in extra hours here and there and carrying on. To the trustees, thanks for your support and encouragement. Without all of these wonderful people, I would have pulled out my hair a long time ago...wait, what? Have you seen me lately?? Anyway, I just wanted to acknowledge that you need teamwork to get things accomplished and we have an awesome team here in Gregory!
Thanks to Polly for putting in the last 100+ pieces this week to complete our Old Book Store puzzle. The library is a great place to stop and kill time before picking up your kids from school or getting to that dentist appointment you might be trying to avoid. We appreciate all our visitors who helped put this challenge together and kept us company here at the library!