Today was Teddy Bear Picnic day at the library. Yes, I know that the official date was in August I believe, but I couldn't fit it in then! We did bear stories, flannelgraph activities, action songs and, of course, tossed our biggest teddy bear up and down in our "picnic blanket. Little ones and their parents or grandparents enjoyed graham cracker sandwiches (with frosting inside!) and green grapes and the little bottles of water to drink (less to spill!). Children were able to take home five felt teddy bear shapes so that they could act out "Five Little Teddy Bears" at home on their own beds. I think everyone had as much fun as I did???
We are so glad that Jean Patrick was our discussion facilitator for One Book South Dakota again this year. She does such a great job of drawing out our thoughts and involving everyone in the event. Thanks also to the Gregory Book Club for providing our refreshments and underwriting part of the event's expenses. Yummy food, Cheryl and Kathy! And, a final thanks to the more than 40 people who read this year's title: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger.
The library is overflowing with some great donations of newer non-fiction and fiction books and a few westerns thanks to Judith Meierhenry, Shirley Layh, and Richard Zimmerman. My terrific staff is busy trying to assimilate the gifts into our collection. Some of the books will help fill out popular series by Catherine Coulter, Iris Johannsen, J.D. Robb and Harlan Coben. It's like Christmas...in September!
Also, the new Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque children's book award nominees are arriving and the staff can't wait to read them. Thanks to our partnership with the school library, I will be able to book talk these titles with the children and maybe even read one or two during their library time! (Thanks, Holly! You're the best!)
Come and check out the new titles and, while you're here, don't forget to enjoy the Gregory County Historical Society's beautiful mural between now and September 14!