Saturday, April 30, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
The response from students has been tremendous. Though their facial expressions indicate disgust and disbelief, their interest in the topics is high. The book is in great demand! After every class, the children beg to read it until their library time is finished. A group of ten gathered around one reader today to hear about stomachache cures! Sometimes a solitary reader finishes the whole thing himself.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
"We're going home," I told many people today. I have a home, of course, in Minnesota. Yet "going home" also means going to my parents' home in Wisconsin. Every time we get close, I think of the things I love about this place, like the grate above my grandparents' fireplace and the secret pull-down stairs to their attic, the long walk-in closet of my childhood room, and the huge park just blocks from my home.
And as I write tonight, I am upstairs near the shelves of books I knew as a child...Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern (and illustrated by Simms Taback) which David reminded me of the other day, all those Tell-a-Tale books like Someplace for Sparky and Amy's Long Night, the Maj Lindman books. Downstairs is the bookcase with all the titles my nieces and nephew love to read with Grandma (and will want to read with me tomorrow).
Such comfort home brings.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
As I gaze out my library window at home, I see the once bare maple tree has changed a bit. Red buds dot the tips of its branches. I wonder when those bare branches will be covered with leaves this year.
Why do some dogs bark at approaching strangers and some ignore them?
What makes worms come onto the streets and sidewalks during rain?
Will there always be agates to find in
Why were green, yellow, and red the colors chosen for traffic lights?
Why do silkworms eat only mulberry leaves?
Why are some crayon colors retired and others introduced? All colors stayed in the world.
Why are goldfish orange and not gold?
How do fish communicate? Or do they communicate at all?
What is the difference between pumpkins we carve and pumpkins used for pies?
I look forward to reading their wonderings and then helping them find information sources that will provide answers.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
This morning's Books and Blondies session found us enthusiastically reading aloud, sharing artwork, and chatting back and forth about a bunch of new books for our library while our colleagues nibbled and took notes.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Exchanging book ideas is one of the things I love to do with my friends. My annual adult summer reading list is meant for all readers, but there are some books that are meant to be shared with just the right person (and thus do not make the final cut on that list).