On September 20th, three special guests visited the library and presented a wonderful story time. A harpist, an English horn player, and a dancer performed “The Ugly Duckling,” the well-known story by Hans Christian Andersen. The dancer interpreted each character. Children were entranced, and responded to the music whether happy or sad.
Performances such as this are paid for with funds from the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment. I am so happy to see our tax dollars used to introduce children to classical music and dance. Rural libraries especially benefit from this program, letting us provide wonderful performances that our children would not usually see in person.
The next extra fun thing we’ll have at the library is a visit from the Tail Waggin Tutors on October 12 at 10:00. These wonderful dogs are certified therapy dogs and love to listen to young readers read.
And now for some new books!
Kate McMullan has a brand new book, “As Warm As the Sun.” This sweet story is about a French bulldog named Toby who has to get used to his new bulldog sister, Pinky. (They had me at French bulldogs) Toby loves to bask in the sun, and Pinky is determined to prove that she is the perfect “warm as the sun” companion.
“Ball and Balloon,” by Rob Sanders, is about jealousy between a ball and a balloon. I didn’t expect it For example, read this exchange between Ball and Balloon: “How did you learn to fly?” asks Ball. Balloon hadn’t learned to fly. It was just something inside him. “Gas,” he replied.” I’m still laughing.
to be so funny.
Now that the first day of school is past, we can all relax. “Butterflies on the First Day of School,” by Annie Silvestro, is a gentle story about a little girl named Rosie who bravely faces her first day of Her mom helpfully tells her her tummy ache is just butterflies in her stomach. When Rosie and her equally shy friend start to talk to each other, beautiful butterflies fly out of their mouths. While I find this a little disturbing, none of the reviewers at amazon.com mentioned that.
Finally, Susan and James Patterson (yes, THAT James Patterson) have released “Bigger Words for Little Geniuses.” This is their third “little geniuses” book. The first two were “Big Words for Little Geniuses,” and “Cuddly Critters for Little Geniuses. The Pattersons are indeed husband and wife. The “Big Words for Little Geniuses” book was a big hit with the geniuses in our family. The books are exactly what they say – collections of unusual words that require a dictionary to understand and pronounce.
These books, and more, are waiting for you at our local bibliotheca.