Growing up in rural Iowa in the 1950's, the library came to us. It was a very special event -- every-other-Wednesday it came to the very small town of McCausland, Iowa. It is thrilling to me that this program still exists.
|The Bookmobile, based in Eldridge, Iowa, visits rural areas six days a week.|
Libraries are no longer just about reading books...OH NO...they have CD books, and movies, and puzzles and art...And -- Holy Cow -- THEY HAVE EVENTS...and programs...and interactive ways to learn new things and connect with the world.
When Lilly was four years old, I took her to her first Library event. At our local library, in Princeton (it used to be the bank)...
|It was an event about a local woman who rescues animals...|
|A random picture I took that day -- the library is across the street from the bank. On the other side if the bank is the Mississippi River...|
|This wasn't Lilly's first visit to the Library -- but it is the one she will remember for the rest of her life...|
|The woman brought dogs, cats, rabbits (lots of them), and other assorted critters...Lilly was SO EXCITED...|
|She talked about kindness...|
|People get strange animals as pets, then realize how much work pet ownership can be..and the animals are often abandoned.|
|This tortoise had been living in an apartment bath tub.|
|Lilly COULD NOT WAIT for her turn at petting a rabbit!!|
IT IS AMAZING, REALLY, when you think about it... Warren enjoys the Wednesday morning toddler play group at our local library, my niece Kelcy takes her pre-school children to the Friday afternoon craft day activity at her local library.
They do Easter Egg hunts, Christmas decoration projects, weekly Lego clubs, after-school programs...!!
If you are lucky enough to have a child in your life -- TAKE HIM/HER TO THE LIBRARY!!