November 1st, 2010
The Decatur Public Library hosted Halloween parties for kids of all ages last week. Below are a few photos from the events. Thanks for sharing, Cecilia!
Library volunteer Sam Armitage gives treats to Kellen and Merrick Roberts.
Little fairies, witches, ghosts and goblins enjoyed the children’s Halloween party at the library.
This scary bunch had a good time at the Paranormal Activities party.
September 29th, 2010
In this week’s edition of All Around Wise in the Messenger, I wrote about my book club and how much I enjoy being a part of it. If you’re interested in starting your own book club, here are a few links with advice and things to consider:
How to Start a Book Club, Oprah’s website
Book Clubs Resource
Book club checklist from Real Simple magazine
Advice for book clubs on Book Browse: Your Guide to Exceptional Books
P.S. As I come across more resources, I’ll post them here.
August 16th, 2010
Book events for this week:
TEA PARTY — The Decatur Public Library will host a Fancy Nancy Tea Party with books, crafts and a snack at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. This event is designed for children ages 3 to 10 years old. Dress fancy! For information, call the library at (940) 627-5512 or visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.
BOOK FAIR — The Wise Regional Health Care Auxiliary will have a book fair 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday at the main lobby of Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.
BOOK FAIR — The Wise Regional Health Care Auxiliary will have a book fair 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at the main lobby of Wise Regional Health System.
August 11th, 2010
The new school year is set to start in less than two weeks. This year all three Decatur elementary schools are using the same list for Battle of the Books, with the winners from each school competing against each other in a final showdown.
Here is the reading list for 1st and 2nd graders if you want to give your little ones a head start.
1. A Mighty Fine Time Machine, by Suzanne Bloom
2. Charlie Anderson, by Barbara Abercrombie
August 10th, 2010
In case you haven’t already heard, the Cat in the Hat is coming to PBS. I just realized I won’t have anyone at home this year to watch Dr. Seuss’ beloved character, but this is exciting news for the preschool set.
The series is based on Random House’s best selling Beginner Book collection, “The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library.” The show, ”The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!,” premieres Sept. 6, and it will feature the Cat in the Hat, along with Sally, Nick, the Fish, Thing 1 and Thing 2 as they make natural-science discoveries.
It is voiced by Martin Short and its subject-matter will prepare children for science curriculum in kindergarten and first grade.
Check it out on channel 13 this fall!
July 22nd, 2010
Almost 300 kids attended last week’s Rolling and Reading event at the Decatur Public Library. Librarian Cecilia Barham said it was a joint effort of the library, fire department, police department, public works and Peterbilt. Check out these cute photos!
Captain Nate Mara with the Decatur Fire Department watches while Jordan Silva tries on firefighter gear.
Colby Taylor “digs” the heavy equipment.
Next Tuesday the Decatur Fire Department’s Clown Brigade will present programs at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. So go join the fun and don’t forget to bring your reading logs to earn fun prizes!
July 21st, 2010
I’m currently reading “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” and have been absolutely charmed by the story and especially its main character, Juliet.
The book is written as a series of letters between Juliet and various people, and today’s quote comes from a letter Juliet wrote to Sidney, her dear friend and publisher. She is describing the delights of train travel since World War II has ended. She is especially happy because there are no more black-out curtains in the windows of homes, and she explains why in the quote below.
“All the windows we passed were lighted, and I could snoop once more. I missed it so terribly during the war. I felt as if we had turned into moles scuttling along in our separate tunnels. I don’t consider myself a real peeper — they go in for bedrooms, but it’s families in sitting rooms or kitchens that thrill me. I can imagine their entire lives from a glimpse of bookshelves, or desks, or lit candles, or bright sofa cushions.” ~ “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
I was already drawn to this character because she, too, is a writer, but this quote further solidified my connection to her because much to my husband’s chagrin, I also like to snoop in this way. I can’t help it. It’s just fun to witness in passing a moment of their lives.