This is the week! Everything starts!
Please pick up a bright yellow bookmark, available at the checkout desks, so you will know exactly what’s going on for young people at Litchfield Public Library. It’s time to register to participate in summer reading and start to combat summer slide.
What do we mean by summer slide? Children routinely forget 2 or more months of what they learn through the school year. It’s the reason teachers have to review and review at the beginning of each school year. It’s the reason some of my piano students, sadly, didn’t get past book two because they had to re-learn everything from the previous year.
Michael Hall, a well-known children’s author, will visit the library Friday, June 9th at 10:00. I can’t wait to meet him. His books include “Frankencrayon,” “It’s an Orange Aardvark!” and many other favorites. According to his website, before becoming a children’s author, “Mr. Hall was an award-winning graphic designer whose work included graphic identities for the City of Saint Paul, Macalester College, the Minnesota Historical Society, and the Hennepin County Medical Center.” Mr. Hall lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “My Heart is Like a Zoo” is my personal favorite among his books.
On Saturday, June 10th, Paul Spring will return to Litchfield Public Library for a free concert. Mr. Spring is so talented! He is a marvelous guitar player, he sings, and he writes music. And he puts on a wonderful, interactive program. He will start at 10:00. Mr. Spring lives in Minneapolis but last year he mentioned how much he enjoys getting out of the city.
Thanks to the teachers and staff at Ripley School who welcomed me in to present the summer reading program to several classes. We have traditionally offered field trips to classes, but elementary students have changed over the years. Field trips take a lot of time and chaperones. I visited the Kindergarten classes as well as 3rd and 4th grade classes. This experiment was very successful and next year we plan to give teachers a choice of a field trip or a visit at the school. I came away from this positive experience knowing that I couldn’t do their job!