Friday, September 19, 2014

C is for Cookie!

Lots of activity happening at Story Time today! We worked on our letter C and sang some great songs. We did some dancing then read the books "Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?" by Bonnie Lass & Philemon Sturges, "Baker, Baker, Coo...kie Maker" by Linda Hayward, "May I Please Have a Cookie?" by Jennifer E. Morris. Then we colored and cut out some cookies of our own. We also had a friend who brought caramel corn to book club last night and left it for the kiddos today. Score! The grown ups were happy to partake of the caramel corn too.  


***October Book Club***

Our next book club meeting will be October 16 @ 7:00 PM.
We will be discussing the book:
"Wild" by Cheryl Strayed.
A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Plant Up, Prune Up, Clean Up! Fall Gardening at the Endicott Library!

Horticulturist Donna Guske Hanson has dozens of tips and tricks for beginning and experienced gardeners. Subjects covered: Care of existing perennials and choosing new ones; What to do with all those leaves and weeds; Fall planting for the table and beauty & Answers to questions.

September 13, Tekoa - 10am, Garfield - 1pm
September 17, Endicott - 10am, St. John - noon
September 20, Oakesdale - 11am, Rosalia - 2pm
September 23, Colfax - Noon, LaCrosse - 4pm
September 27, Albion - 10am, Colton - 1pm
These classes are provided through your support of the Friends of WCL.

B is for Bubble!

Story Time was all about BUBBLES today! We worked on writing our B's and did some singing. Then we read the books "Bubble Trouble" by Margaret Mahy and "Bubbles, Bubbles" by Sesame Workshop. Then we made our own bubble wands with pipe cleaners and beads. We didn't waste any time putting those bubble wands to work because we finished off by creating some bubble art. Also, one of our little Story Time friends helped his mom make cookies for the whole group and he brought them to share. We have some great kidlets (and parents)!!!

Friday, September 5, 2014

A is for Ant!

Yay! We are back at it with Story Time at the Endicott Public Library! We started with "A is for Ant" today. We worked on writing the letter and talked about what words start with the letter A. We did a little dancing, then sat down to our books. We had a captive audience today and got through 4 books!!! We read "I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track" by Joshua Prince, "Hey, Little Ant" by Phillip and Hannah Hoose, "Ant and Honey Bee What a Pair!" by Megan McDonald, and "The Ant and the Grasshopper" by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley. Then we made some fun thumb print ants of our own. We danced a little more while the paint dried, then the kiddos were able to add little legs to their creations. I think they turned out pretty darn cute! Yay for Story Time!


Friday, August 22, 2014

Chain Reactions! Endicott Library Teen Program!

We had a great group of teenage girls for our Teen Program this week! They were given lots of items to use to create their own chain reaction. They had to work together and use their problem solving and physics skills to accomplish their plan. And....they had to start over several times. But it was fun and I think they learned a lot!


We had great participation and discussions at our book club last night! Feel free to join us next month as we discuss the book
"The Red Badge of Courage" by Stephen Crane.
September 18 @ 7:00 PM.
(I have plenty of copies set aside at the library.)
After the failure of his 1st novel, Maggie, Crane found inspiration for a 2nd while lounging in a friend's studio having a portrait painted. He became fascinated with issues of the Century largely devoted to famous battles & Civil War military leaders. Frustrated with dryly written stories, he stated, "I wonder that some of those fellows don't tell how they felt in those scraps. They spout enough of what they did, but they're as emotionless as rocks." Eventually the idea of writing a war novel overtook him. He would later state that he "had been unconsciously working the detail of the story out thru most of his boyhood" & had imagined "war stories ever since he was out of knickerbockers."
During an unnamed battle, 18-year-old private Henry Fleming survives what he considers to be a lost cause by escaping into a nearby wood, deserting his battalion. He finds a group of injured men in which one of the group, the "Tattered Soldier", asks Henry, who's often referred to as "The Youth", where he's wounded. Henry, embarrassed that he's whole, wanders thru the forest. He ultimately decides that running was the best thing, & that he's a small part of the army responsible for saving himself. When he learns that his battalion had won the battle, Henry feels guilty. As a result, he returns to his battalion & is injured when a cannon operator hits him in the head because he wouldn't let go of his arm. When he returns to camp, the other soldiers believe he was harmed by a bullet grazing him in battle. The next morning he goes into battle for a 3rd time. While looking for a stream from which to attain water, he discovers from the commanding officer that his regiment has a lackluster reputation. The officer speaks casually about sacrificing Henry's regiment because they're nothing more than "mule drivers" & "mud diggers". With no regiments to spare, the general orders his men forward. In the final battle, Henry becomes one of the best fighters in his battalion as well as the flag bearer, finally proving his courage as a man.