Sunday, September 30, 2012

Stories Under the Trees

As a children’s librarian, I get to read stories a lot and I really enjoy connecting with children and their families while reading.  Reading is never passive when I do story time.  I make the children think by asking them questions about the story or the pictures.  We also try to connect the stories and our lives together.  Stories should enhance our view of the world around us.  They should bring understanding beyond our own perspective.  If a story is boring, either it is not worth reading (there are many of these out there!) or you are coming at it in the wrong way. 

This summer the town where I work celebrated it’s 140th anniversary and as part of the celebration, they asked me to join them.  We went out to our local park and set up “booths”.  My spot was a reading spot.  The day started off with a terrific downpour.  Fortunately, I had a tarp to keep my books dry.  After that, the sun came out and dried everything out and warmed us up.

Throughout the afternoon many children stopped by my reading spot.  At one point I nearly lost my voice after reading to a brother and sister for about half an hour.  It was well worth it though!

Enjoy these pictures of my nature spot.  I almost thought pixies and wood elves would pop up to hear the stories too.

My enchanted reading spot
Some of the books we shared

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Disc Golf

On a warm day in June, five siblings set out to play
And these five tested their aim and direction
As they threw plastic discs toward metal posts.

My sister lives on a campus that has a “nine hole” disc golf course. This past June, she invited all her brothers and sisters (there are six of us) over to her place for a day of fun and games. Our one sister lives too far away to join us, but the rest of us had a wonderful time throwing discs and avoiding being hit and hunting for discs that went into the bushes (or on to the roof). After we played two rounds of disc golf, we enjoyed swimming, a couple campfires, and games. I am so thankful to God for my siblings. We get along most of the time and can always have a fun time together with little or no expense.

On our way to play

Some people don’t have the best aim, so watch out! E ducks to avoid C’s throw.

After retrieving a disc from the roof, my brother J decided to sweep up. We were always taught to leave a place the same or better than how we found it. Apparently that covers disc golf too.

J carefully calculates his next shot.

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