Saturday, April 28, 2012

Me and the B; Kickin' it in the library

And a curly keychain so you don't loose your new card
This is my good buddy Mr. B, proud owner of a brand new Marin County Free Library card and frequent visitor to my desk in the Children's Room.

"Don't toch the sticy pars"

I have a white board on the side of my desk to let patrons and staff know my whereabouts. I leave a marker nearby and am often greeted with all kinds of messages from the kids. I like Mr. B's forthrightness here advising patrons, "P.S. don't come in earlier! No yelling!"

The magic pebble

As many of my library kids are wont to do, Mr. B pilfered my desk drawers and brought out this rock (a gift from a previous reader). He leaned in whispered to me, "You know you can sell this rock and get a million dollars for it...." to which I exclaimed, "Are you telling me I can sell this rock for a million dollars and RETIRE?!!?", he quietly replied, "Yes.....but I don't want you to."

And that my dear readers is why it's so important to read together. We're all busy and overwhelmed (me included) but make the time to read together, to talk and listen and laugh. There's no such thing as instant intimacy but all it takes is 20 minutes a day of quiet time together and that's pretty doable.

Pretty swanky, no? More from the talented Mr B. 

Observe that Mr. B is reading the Hardy Boys graphic novels. These are a great choice for emerging readers. And if you'd like to read a story about a magic pebble......

Monday, April 2, 2012

I Spy a Marin!

The Marin County Free Library & The Marin County Fair Present

I Spy a Farm in Marin!
April 9 – April 20

“You Belong @ Your Library” to help us celebrate National Library Week (April 9-15th).  We invite the whole family to play “I Spy a Farm in Marin”; a fun seek-and-find game. We are offering the game for a full 2 weeks to give everyone a chance to play.

Study the “Marvelous Marin” map we’ll have posted for you (a cool replica from the Marin County Free Library’s wonderful California Room). Spot all 15 quiz clues on the map and you’ll receive a pass good for 1 free child’s admission to the 2012 Marin County Fair- “Celebrating American County Fair Traditions”!  After you finish the quiz, read a book in the library together about farming and you will win a *2nd free child’s admission pass! Visit us at www.marinlibrary.orgDon’t forget to participate in the Exhibit Program at the Fair too!

We love our libraries, our farmers and our fair. Come on in because “You Belong @ Your Library” and at the Marin County Fair and down on the farm.

*While supplies last. Limit 2 per participant.
Passes are good for Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 3, 2012.