Long Live the Library

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A quick post to show off a picture of our children’s craft time at the library last summer, during one of the workshops for the Summer Reading Program. I cannot say enough about how much we enjoy going to the library, getting books and doing crafts throughout the year, not just during the summer.

Boy and girl working on a craft at the library

My children working on crafts at the library

This winter will be interesting, as we say good bye to our long-time children’s librarian, who is retiring. Continue reading »

They are in the process of interviewing some candidates for the job. We know we are in good hands.

Just for the record, we save about $2,500 per year by loaning books from the library instead of buying them. We also save a lot of room, right? I don’t know where I would put all these books…

So long live the library. We love it.


Mom Monday Week 21 – Summer Reading Program

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Everywhere I turn these days, somebody mentions how summer means diving into books. Naturally, as a homeschooling mom, you will take your children to the library and sign them up for the summer reading program. I know because I will do that. I assume we match.

You might want to sign yourself up for some really cool reading, too – the kind that you never had time for through the school year. I know I will.

Mom Monday Series - Summer Reading Program

What kind of books sound good to you? Personally, I like nonfiction, biographies, inspirational, and the classics.

Speaking of classics, I’m at 7% through “Les Misérables” on my Kindle. I found it for free, in French, the complete saga, and could not resist. Now I must finish what I started – eek!  Continue reading »

I wish I could read 1% every night. Obviously, I can’t. But I keep on keeping on.

I also have a stack of half-finished books which I simply must read and get them off my night stand.

They stress me out when I see them. Sometimes.

I feel so behind with everything when I look in that direction. Sometimes.

Slowly, slowly, I have begun to accept that my reality breathes unfinished products. These children of mine are an unfinished product, an ongoing project. So is everything else around me. And so am I.

The other kind of reading I would really like to indulge in this summer is some well-written blogs: Lisa-Jo Baker, Ann Voskamp, Rachel Jones.

Then, I would like to hop over to Brain, Child magazine. Delightful and insightful.

Last but not least, I like to leave room for the chance encounter with a new voice – either at the library, the bookstore, or in the blogosphere. I love discovering a new writer – new to me or new to the world of publishing or both.

What about you? What are your reading plans for this summer?