Last Friday, I read to the kindergarten classes at West Platte Elementary. We read Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr. The phrase "Run, Turkey, Run!" is repeated many times in the book, which is perfect for audience participation! The students did a good job of helping me read the book. Good work kindergarteners!
This week, I had the opportunity to see TV chef and cookbook author Ina Garten. She was in town at an event sponsored by Rainy Day Books, an independent book store here in Kansas City. While I don't consider myself a very good cook, I love to watch other people cook, even if it is just on TV. I have watched Ina, known to her fans as "The Barefoot Contessa", cook on TV for years and to see her in person was a real treat.
There are leaves to rake, if the wind will leave them alone long enough to bag. There’s a meal to cook, but my imagination level is low today. A cold front is coming in, but ho hum, that's to be expected. It's November.
If you need a relaxed activity for your children on the day after Thanksgiving (November 26, 2010), please come to the Blue Ridge Branch for Craft Time for Preschoolers at 10 a.m. We offer this program on the fourth Friday of each month. Crafts are planned for children who haven’t yet started school. No difficult cutting, no sharp scissors, no rigid rules, but lots of glue stickiness. We’ve made Mother’s Day cards, Halloween bags, wreaths, placemats, woven caterpillars, and butterfly wings.
Most of us have at least heard parts of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. We might even have read its chiseled words on the walls of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. It is a memorable speech to be sure. However, I believe Lincoln’s greatest speech, only 703 words long, is his Second Inaugural Address.
The pundits of Lincoln’s time gave the speech mixed reviews. But, Lincoln’s words have stood the test of time. Its final paragraph inspires me in today’s circumstances:
Do you notice the beeping sounds in the MCPL, or have you heard them so often you’ve lost awareness. More than just an indication that someone is working, the beeps indicate that something specific is happening at the library. When a book is checked in—beep. When a book is checked out—beep. When a fine is paid. When a hold is placed. When changes are made to patron records. The machine even beeps when something is attempted that isn’t quite right, or if the wrong action is selected on the screen.