Monday, April 12, 2010

National Library Week

Did you know yesterday marked the beginning of National Library Week?

In celebration, visit a library this week and check out a book for yourself or a child in your home. Did you know libraries receive money to build their collection based on the number of items that are checked out? So, if you think your library's collection is lame--it's partly your fault. Go check out some books (or movies or magazines or music)! Talk to a librarian. Tell them what you are interested in and give them a list of titles you'd like them to consider adding to their collection. And if you don't have a library card (For SHAME!) this week would be a perfect time to head on over to your local library and sign up for your very own card. You can be a card-carrying member; you'll feel kind of special.

Although Emeline is too small to have her very own card, she's already taken a few trips to the library. We live four blocks away from our neighborhood library and I plan to make a trek there a weekly occurrence. She likes it there (and the staff and patrons like to see her there too!) and I think I might start sneaking her into Story Time even though she might be a little young yet. I highly doubt they will boot her out, but if so, no worries, we have our own little daily Story Times in this house.

In fact, I'm quickly becoming one of those moms who have whole books memorized. Grant it, the books I have memorized are short books, but it felt pretty good to join the ranks of that group this weekend. Here's how it went down:

Grandma and Grandpa were playing with Emeline. I have no idea what they were talking about, I was busy packing up one of the many, many bags we lugged around for a short weekend away when Grandma said, "That is not right!" Instantly, the phrase triggered a memory and off I went:

"No no," you say, "That is not right!"

A pig says, "OINK!" All day and night. Rhinoceroses SNORT and SNUFF. And little dogs go, "RUFF, RUFF, RUFF." Some other dogs go, "BOW, WOW, WOW" and cats and kittens say, "MEOW."

You know that one? Sandra Boyton's Moo, Baa, La La La. A rundown of animals sounds provoked by the three singing pigs who say, "La, la la!" (and who are adorably dressed in three-piece suits and wielding canes!).

Be sure to take advantage of a library this week. Someday you too might be able to spout off silly rhymes and songs! It's one of the many perks.


  1. I enjoyed this post, Monica! I can relate only too well "Quack says the duck. A horse says neigh. (It's quiet now, what do you say?)"

  2. That book has been a favorite at our house too! We take a weekly trip to the library and check out 20ish books for the boys. Evan wouldn't know what to do with himself without that place and it saves me from having to read the same books over and over again:) Hooray for the library! So glad you're blogging!

  3. he got 'the big red barn' for the first time yesterday!

  4. Jamie: (HI!) Evan is such the model library patron! I knew I liked that kid!

    Anne: Ohhhh. TBRB. So good.

    Chris. Oh, Chris. I was hoping you'd chime in with that line! Always appropriate.