We've joined the library! We all went off, bundled up against the growing October Cold, the boys and Sean on their bikes, though they sensibly parked outside and didn't ride upon the bookshelves. Chas DID borrow a book on BMX bikes, full of technical stuff, since our latest thing apparently is BIKES! Bikes for independence, bikes for speed and stunts.
But we are not here for bike talk. We're here to talk about books, dear readers. A review of last night's bedtime stories:
The Boy with Two Shadows (Picture Lions), about a boy who takes great care of his shadow and ends up having to babysit the naughty shadow of a witch!
"When The Library Lights Go Out", Megan McDonald and Katherine Tillotson. Library puppets have an after-hours adventure! This was a great first story for us, new as we are to the library.
"Sir Gawain And The Green Knight", the classic story retold by Michael Morpurgo. Beautiful watercolour illustrations by Michael Foreman. We love many of Morpurgo's books, they are usually well written, boy-friendly and adventurous. So far, the Green Knight does not disappoint. Did I mention the illustrations? Lovely borders, too. I am such a sucker for good illustration. Looking forward to a chapter a night of this one.
I borrowed books on being a working mum in the UK, acing interviews and other such boring stuff. The boys borrowed over twenty books, and I'll let you know how they go as we read them.
The library was cozy, and the librarian said that it's one of the smaller branches. Our cards permit us to use any library in the area, and there are twelve, so once we've read our way through our little neighbourhood library we can move on to the larger ones. Chas can pop in on his way home from school. Free internet, homework groups, audio books, and it hasn't cost us a thing. Yay library!
Photos slay me too. I remember being really young and spending hours just looking at the pictures in all of my mom's books on cooking and gardening. National Geographic was euphoric, my grandfather had a serious collection of those from when there was just a yellow frame on the cover.
Ohhhhh..how I envy you in the Land of Libraries...
But then... it is Divali in Trinidad tomorrow and our little island will be aglow, food will abound, love and friendship will permeate every nook and cranny as all classes, races and religions in our teensy corner of the world are joined together by the primeval pull of the flame...
so maybe I'll envy you the following day instead...
Those National Geographics....they're MINE now....NEAHAAHAHAAAAAAAAA!!!!
Anonymous, AAAARGH! I so love Divali. Missing it. From time to time, Mum threatens to give away a few hundred National Geographics, which have been read, re-read, re-read....
The librarian was tickled by the boys' reaction too. They hunkered down and tried to read ALLLL of the books! I kept trying to explain that we could go back any time, and take the books home with us. It's a new concept!
" young woman, can't you see that this is a library?"
....embarassed the blonde aplogises and whispers "I'd like to have a cheeseburger and fries"!!!!!!!!!