One World, Many Stories

The boys are signed up for our library’s summer reading program, One World, Many Stories.  They earn library currency (book bucks) by reading or being read to for half an hour each day.  They will receive one book buck for every four days of reading and a bonus book buck for reading every day of the week. We have a neat little log sheet for each boy on our fridge.

Book bucks can be used to “buy” special prizes in the glass case in the children’s section.  Wildman and Cutie Pie have their eyes on a few things already.

They can also earn additional book bucks for completing a flag identification worksheet and for attending special events like Wednesday’s magic show.  The magic show was pretty entertaining.  The magician played to a packed house, as you can see!  We’re looking forward to some of the other fun events like the animal touch tank.

The boys found a bunch of fun books to check out.  They love using their library cards!  We set the timer on the microwave every night and read together for half and hour.  We’ve been asking Wildman to read a page then we read a page.  For Cutie Pie, we just read to him since he’s not quite reading on his own yet.  While J and I have always read to the boys before bed, this is a new, fun way to do it.   And we’ve found out that half an hour is longer than you think!


Quality Time

We love it when Yaya spontaneously drops by on a Sunday evening with Halloween treats.  We like it even better when she stays to have dinner with us!

Picking Up the Slack

The little world of Satellite Beach Storytime was rocked in December when Miss Mary, beloved librarian and storytime hostess, announced she was retiring.  Miss Mary was our most favorite librarian, by far.  We faithfully attended her gatherings for three years.  Wildman attended her toddler classes and graduated to the big kid classes in August.  Cutie Pie started his first toddler storytime in August as well.  *sigh*  We were all a little bummed by the news of her retirement.

What’s more surprising is the fact that the county library system has not hired a replacement and as a result all storytimes have been suspended until mid-February.  Miss Mary threw out the teaser that storytime could be continued by a parent if someone was willing to step up to lead it.  Well, you can guess who that volunteer was, right?  Mmm, hmmm.  That’s correct.  Me.  I volunteered myself and my friend, B, to lead storytime on Thursday mornings until a replacement librarian could be found.

What I find completely amazing is the that none of the other youth librarians stepped up.  Its like they’re striking or something.  One of them lead toddler storytime this year at a different time than Miss Mary.  And she’s just not doing it now that Miss Mary is gone.  I since some political tension….  Storytime is only 45-minutes for Heaven’s sake.  Can’t someone just suck it up and go lead it.  Geez.

Whatever.  I think it will be fun to be the interim storytime hostess.  The librarians have agreed to open up the meeting room for B and me, call all the parents to let them know about the meetings on Thursday morning and set up the storytime cart of goodies for us.  I’m trying to remember the program of events that Miss Mary so skillfully lead us through each week!  I hope the little rhymes are on the cart…  Wish me luck.