The opening of the new public library was exciting indeed! It was great to see so many people there--I was especially proud of our community when I heard all the inspiring, laudatory things people said about libraries! It's easy to get a library card, and the library is open every day but Sunday, so don't delay--get yourself and your children set up with library cards and in the habit of visiting! The summer is an especially good time for this, as our school libraries are closed over summer vacation.
The Friday, March 8, from 3:30 to 4:30, local author D.J. MacHale will be speaking at the Hermosa Public Library. Take a look at the announcement here. D.J. is a great speaker and has a very engaging, easy-going manner when speaking to young people. I really encourage young readers and aspiring writers to be there.
This week in our library classes will be hearing books about family--mothers, fathers, siblings, and grandparents. Mother's Day is this Sunday, and Father's Day (June 21) takes place after school has finished for the year, so this week we are reading and thinking about both mothers and fathers and all the other people who make up our treasured families.
Book club had an exciting meeting on Monday, May 4. We did our (my) first treasure hunt, which was challenging but largely successful. The hunt was themed on classic literary works, which feature in our chosen book for April: The Island of Dr. Libris, by Chris Grabenstein. Several students expressed a desire to read or reread some of the classics--The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, Pollyanna, among others. The centrality of these classic stories is a great feature of Dr. Libris, and there's even a list at the back of the book to help readers recall and reconnect with the stories it includes. Next up for the club: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I can't wait to read it again!