In the past two days, I have attended two programs and earned two more badges toward my Summer Reading Program goal!
Yesterday, I visited UNO’s Mallory Kountz Planetarium for Out & About Storytime with Ms. Berry, the youth librarian from Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch. Out & About Storytime is exactly what its name implies! Families are encouraged to take their storytime out into the community and learn about new things. There have already been visits to Scheels, Trader Joe’s, Lawrence Youngman Lake, and Standing Bear Lake. More destinations are in store every Thursday and Friday at 10:30 a.m. through July (except 4th of July week). At the planetarium, kids clamored for a seat and settled in for a song (“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”), followed by a story with Ms. Berry. After that, the room got dark and we all enjoyed the planetarium’s presentation of The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket. In this adventure, two young children explore the solar system with the help of a library book who shares the unique attibutes of the stars, moons and planets. I don’t think I’ve studied the solar system since grade school, and realized that I had forgotten a lot of information. This was a great way to learn more about the solar system while having fun at the same time. More pictures from this outing are available on Flickr. Oh, and I earned my “Out & About” badge for attending this program as well! 🙂
By the time I was done with my space exploration at UNO, I was hungry, so decided I should sit in on Pizza and Paperbacks book club at Saddlebrook Branch. I got there just in time for lunch with a small, but really smart and engaged group of teens who were discussing Artemis Fowl. Not everyone was able to finish the book in time for book club, so one of the book club members gave a great summary of the book without giving anything away to those who wanted to be surprised. Youth services specialist Michelle Carlson shared with the group that Disney was planning to make a movie from the book, and asked the group who they thought might be best cast as certain characters. When one name was thrown out, I had to stifle a laugh when the response was: “He’s old… he’s like 17 now.” Needless to say, the conversation got sidetracked several times, and somehow Harry Potter made his way into the discussion, but I was really impressed with this group of well-read, intelligent teens. They were kind, thoughtful and respectful – which is far more than their age group sometimes gets credit for. Who sounds old now? Find more photos from Pizza and Paperbacks here.
This morning, I picked up my holds on the way into work. I won’t share what they are yet, out of fear that I may not actually be able to complete them, but I will tell you that I earned another badge just by using the self check machine! Woot woot! Hopefully, between baseball and a belated Father’s Day celebration, I will be able to sneak in a few pages here and there this weekend. There won’t be any games on Sunday, so if you still have a hankering for baseball, check out one of OPL‘s African American Baseball History programs, June 22-24. Enjoy!