By Jan Pease
July 2016 has been a memorable month. First, thanks again and again to the Watercade Board for the opportunity to be Grand Marshall in the Watercade Parade. I’m still smiling from ear to ear. My arm got tired from waving, but this experience was worth it. In my “few words” at the Queen Coronation I told the true story of the boy at story hour who told his great aunt that he didn’t think all this queen and princess stuff was real, but JAN knows that they are the real thing. Love that boy. He always calls me Jan and always gives it two syllables.
The fun of Watercade was followed by the “ ‘nado” that young children are still talking about. Please take a little time to reassure little ones and let them talk about what they experienced. I asked the little boy who told me about the “ ‘nado” if they went down in their basement. His big brother said they went in Grandma’s basement and it was gross. I just had to smile. Poor grandma was sitting right there! I told them to remember to look for the helpers and remember that they were safe. I’m so proud that people hurried to help friends and neighbors as soon as the storm had passed.
Summer reading is going strong. 346 readers have signed up to participate. We have a month to go, so there is time to sign up your children and have them join the reading game. Story times will continue until August 13. On that Saturday, Paul Spring will give a family-friendly concert at 10 a.m. Beginner book club will meet on August 18; the book we’re reading is Because of Winn Dixie. Brickheads, the Lego building club, will be building every Thursday night without a break through August.
Attendance at all of our programs has been steady most weeks, and sometimes almost overwhelming. We have enjoyed having 4-H staff involved with Fun with 4-H on four Wednesdays in June and July. On the other Wednesdays we have alternated making projects in “Maker Fun” and playing board games. Folks from St. John’s Outdoor University come to provide a program called “Nature’s Olympics,” and a really nice group of kids enjoyed the interactive, hands-on experience.
Mariah has done an outstanding job with Art Journaling, an activity for students in grades 4-8. The students enjoy the activity, and I would like to spy on their journals. It’s a little different than the usual book club, but it might be the start of a hobby that will last a life time.
Story times will begin again on September 7 with Toddler Time. September 8 we will have Brickheads. September 9th is Story Time with a project, and September 10th we will have a visit from the therapy dogs, our “Going to the Dogs Story Time”. We will have a short story time and then boys and girls who are able to read can sit with a friendly dog and practice reading. The rest of us will just enjoy talking about the dogs with their owners. Or just enjoy talking to the dogs. See you at the library!