Anyways... My tactic for keeping the peace is to keep everyone busy. And where better to keep 3 school-age kiddos busy than the public library. I've mentioned a time or two how great my public library system is and that you can't beat the FREE summer programs they present. The girls have been going to these events for years now so they know what to expect and are always asking me when the next library day is going to be. My nephew was a little more hesitant to spend his summer at the library. He had to be taken against his will a few times. But each time he would mumble and grumble while we waited for the program to begin and then end up having a blast! He even told his mom one day "the library is a marvelous place!" It does my heart good to hear it. Since I haven't managed to make anything for this Monday I figured I would show you what makes the library a "marvelous" place!
First up - Fencing demo and lesson from Have Blade Will Travel
Next - Reading with Ritz
Did you know that reading to animals helps struggling readers to stay calm and feel more confident? That's why many libraries have programs where children can read to therapy dogs. A photographer from a local newspaper was there the day we did this and a picture of my nephew was on the front page!
Ritz asks if he can turn the page!
Very engaged in the story
"I hope this book has a happy ending."
"You're a great storyteller Connor."
"Thanks for reading to me!"
What's Next? Charlie the Noise Guy
This is a kid's comedian who tells funny stories using some really great noises. The girls asked if we could go to the store and buy whoopee cushions after this...
Paper Airplane make and take
The theme of the summer reading program at the library this year is called "Dig into Reading," so many of the programs are related to dirt, gardens, outdoors, etc. We had a great time painting these plaster gnomes. Click the link above for a tutorial.
Gnome on Hawaiian vacay
It's hard to see from the photos but we used white puffy paint to make the beards look fluffy.
Last but not least - Who doesn't love Cow Appreciation Day at Chik-fil-a?
Obviously this was not an event at the public library, but we spend a lot of time planning and creating our costumes for this event each summer. I think this year we had the best cow costumes!
Grandpa and grandkids
The whole herd. We were the MOOlers. Alex (the oldest grandkid) said "people probably think our masks are store-bought because they look so professional but we can prove they're not since they are all different." We are professional looking cows. Take that.