Children were excited to see Miss Lisa and her Pockets Full of Fun come to our library. They started out sitting so still and ended up practically sitting on her feet! She was a wonderful performer for our little ones and even the adults enjoyed her presentation. She is very skilled at her craft and geared the entire program to our theme for this summer. We certainly would love to have her come again!
...we plan outdoor activities for the library! But we had teens turn out on Friday to do their Amazing Race event and I saw them RUNNING through town to beat the other team. Fortunately they had stocked up on water bottles in their team sport bags before they headed out of the library. They had so much fun that they want to do it again next summer. You bet! A big thanks goes out to all the volunteers who sat patiently in the heat waiting for the contestants to show up at their destinations for roadblocks and challenges in the competition. We couldn't have done it without you. Afterwards, we all headed down to the Dayspring Coffee Shop for ice cold malts and smoothies.
The adults had their own weird event on Thursday night when we called for all readers to come out for a reader's flash mob in the city park. It was SO HOT, that we didn't get a big crowd, but I was impressed that two of our patrons that needed walkers for ambulation managed to get there! We read a little and talked about some of our favorite stories from childhood and tried to remember the first book we checked out of a library. Prize goes to Rose, who has the best memory! Awesome, dedicated readers!
I just looked at the date of my last blog and went "Yikes"! You can tell that summer programs are underway at the library. Busy, busy fun!
I love all the things we are doing but the most exciting has been the sessions of Sensory Stories for 3 year olds. Two of our themes have been dinosaurs and ocean creatures. In the sessions we covered building vocabulary, patterns, sorting, fine and gross motor movements, more math concepts and the little ones didn't even know they were learning these things. They just had fun with the activities. The informal survey afterwards showed that they loved digging for dinosaurs in the dirt, but had more fun swishing their hands and cups in bubble water fishing for sea creatures on a day that was extremely hot!
This past week's concert in the park performance featured Jerry Barlow, a Celtic guitarist and storyteller. His melody arrangements and the historical background he gave for the selections he played truly enhanced our listening experience. Sure wanted to get up and dance on a few of those toe-tapping renditions! I would highly recommend him to any other library out there who is interested in a terrific program.
In keeping with our theme, "On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!", the children have been learning about the Olympic Games and trying various sport contests. They definitely have been getting up and moving. Keeps this old librarian on her toes...literally! (I did okay with the javelin throw and the shot put, but the standing broad jump was not happening!) Some of the groups also made there own healthy trail mix, thanks to a variety of items donated by Marlene and Marcy.
We are looking forward to the Lego Guys' visit today and then Amazing Race for the teens next Friday. And, of course, we have lots of busy readers checking out books and taking the summer challenge Hope you are all having library fun this summer. If not, please come to the library and see what you can do!