I can not tell you how thankful I am to live in a place where the library has such a prevalent role in the community. I sometimes complain about the slowness in the availability of some titles (particularly in the Teen section) but most of the time I know that for a city this size the library is phenomenal. The Children's Festival of Reading reminds me of this every year. It is our annual kick off to the summer reading program. There are several tents with events going on all day. Storytellers, musicians, authors. The zoo does a presentation. There is a quartet from our orchestra who comes and plays.
And it is all free.
My kids LOVE it.
Here is a recap of some of the fun we had this year:
Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems. She also had a lot of interesting things to say about the writing process I'm glad Bit was able to hear from someone else. (She is complaining about editing and rewriting an awful lot. She kept looking at me during the presentation and sighing as if I had conspired with Gail Carson Levine to have the subject addressed. Yet she also indicated in our conversation afterward that she found the information useful.) My favorite part of this was when one of the young audience members asked if she thought the movie for Ella Enchanted did the book justice. (Those were the exact words she used. She looked to be middle school age.) I also found it interesting that she uses a baby name book for character names at times.
And here she is having her Baby Mouse book signed by them. Note the color of the shirt she chose to wear today:
That book was read three times before we returned home. With many pauses for her to stare at the place where they signed it and Matthew drew in Baby Mouse with a marker.
As always we loved the Festival and now the kids have their reading logs for the summer reading program. Bit as an independent reader has to read for fifteen hours. Which means she will be done with the challenge by Wednesday.
Much thanks to Knoxville, the Knox County Library for organizing, and all the librarians and volunteers I saw working there tirelessly all day while keeping smiles on their faces (you can see some of them in the background of that last picture with the blue shirts on).