Welcome to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Children's Room!

Ms. Clara Webber was the first children's librarian of Pomona Public Library. A long time correspondent with Mrs. Laura Ingalls Wilder, she was instrumental in having the Children's Room named in honor of Mrs. Wilder on May 25, 1950. Today, we house the original hand written manuscript for the novel Little Town on the Prairie. Every February, we host the Laura Ingalls Wilder Sociable in honor of Mrs. Wilder's February 7th birthday.

Friday, June 27, 2008

New Library Hours Begin Monday, June 30, 2008

These pictures were taken today in our Laura Ingalls Wilder room. Summer is a great time to come to the library and read with your family and friends.

Just a note to remind all of you that we begin our new hours this Monday. The new hours are:

Monday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 8:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 5:30pm

This week's activities:

Tuesday July 1: 12:15pm Preschool Storytime
3:30pm Craft

Wednesday July 2: 3:30pm Juggler David Cousin

Thursday July 3: 12:15pm Infant Storytime

The new hours push all activities to the afternoon but please remember that our air conditioner works really well and that we are still here for you. I'll see you all summer!

I found an interesting knock knock joke:
Who's there?
Lois who?
Lois one on the totem pole! :)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Summer Reading Program Prizes!!

Hey ho young Pomonans! The word is out! Hot off the press: the prizes for the reading program are set! Do you want to know what they are?? Are you sure??

Okay. Enough fun. Here they are:

Sign up: Bookmark and pencil
5 hours read: Book bag, finger puppet, Skate Express certificate, reading certificate
10 hours read: Door Hanger, bug eraser, Spiderman tatoo (optional) Boomers! certificate
15 hours read: Round Table certificate and a book
20 hours read: Quake (baseball) tickets and a book
25 hours read: (Teens)In-N-Out coupon and a book
25 hours read: (Optional for kids)Hometown Buffet coupon and a book

Sound good? You betcha. We give prizes for the amount of time read. So keep track of your time in your reading logs. Remember, these prizes are all while supplies last. These pictures are of the children's and teen's logs. "Catch the Reading Bug" is for children and the Metemorphosis @your libray is for the teens.

You may notice that we are giving away more books this year. In the past, we gave away one book as a final prize. The Friends of the Pomona Public Library dug a little deeper in their pockets and funded more books for our reading program. Hooray to the Friends!! So get those reading hours logged and come in next Monday for your prizes.

Another joke of the day: What did one eye say to the other?
Answer: Between you and me, something smells! :)

The summer reading program is off to a wonderful start. We have been very busy and we appreciate your patience as you wait to sign your children up for the reading program.

These pictures were taken today as we had an impromtu storytime in the back of the room. It looked so cute I couln't resist taking pictures. They were good little listeners as well and could answer questions asked of them about the story.

As of 2:30pm this afternoon, we have signed up 316 children and 42 teens for a total of 358 readers! All this in 3 1/2 days! This week we signed up children for the reading program and began the Reading Buddies program (see previous posts.) Next week we will be handing out prizes for those of you who have read their five hours. Also next week we will begin the weekly crafts on Tuesdays at 3:30pm and we will begin our weekly special programs on Wednesdays at 3:30pm. Our first program on July 2nd is David Cousin, one of our favorite jugglers. He is very good so you won't want to miss this.

Joke of the day: What did the hat say to the scarf?
Answer: You hang around while I go on a head. :)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Summer Reading Program

Oh my goodness! We were sooooo busy today. It was the first day to sign up for our Summer Reading Program. We also began the Reading Buddies (see previous post). At the end of the day when all is said and done, we signed up 98 children and 11 teens for a grand total of 109 readers! That is a very good beginning for what we know to be a great summer.

If you haven't signed up yet, come in and get started! This week just for signing up you get a bookmark and pencil with the "Catch the Reading Bug" theme on them. The teens get a bookmark and pencil with the "Metamorophosis @ Your Library theme. Read your five hours this week and next week come into claim your prizes. You may only read five hours per week so your library experience will go longer into the summer.

It's all happening HERE at YOUR library. See you soon! (I'll be the one looking a bit frazzled! :)

Joke of the day: Is it okay to eat french fries with your fingers?
Answer: No, you should save your fingers for dessert! :)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Reader's Theater

Readers Theater Group
Originally uploaded by bill kralovec
For the past several years, we have had a Reader's Theater during our Summer Reading Program. Let me explain what it is:

Our Reader's Theater is a group of children and teens who read together as a group. As in this picture, you will be reading from a script, nothing is memorized. We read together, split into groups one and two, and have solo readers. It's like standing in a chorus or choir but instead of singing, we read. Actually this year since our theme is "Catch the Reading Bug", we will be singing several songs: "There Ain't No Bugs on Me", "The Ants Go Marching...", to name a few. It's a lot of fun!

If you are interested in signing up for Reader's Theater, go to the children's reference desk located in the children's room. However, if you do sign up, you MUST be present at the five rehearsals. If you are not present, you lose the parts that have been given to you. We only have five one hour rehearsals and each minute is vital! Also, you must be 8 years old or older to participate.

Here is the schedule for our Reader's Theater:

July 22: Rehearse 2:30 - 3:30pm
July 23: Rehearse 2:30 - 3:30pm

July 29: Rehearse 2:30 - 3:30pm
July 30: Rehearse 2:30 - 3:30pm

August 5: Rehearse 2:30 - 3:30pm
August 6: Rehearse 2:30 - 3:30pm

August 6: Performance 3:30 - 4:00pm
August 6: Cast party 4:00 - 4:30pm

Reader's Theater is a lot of fun and it is a commitment. So commit yourself to read this summer and have some fun as well!

Joke of the day: Why was the insect such a bad baseball player?
Answer: It kept hitting fly-balls. :)

Summer Reading Programs

Hello young Pomonans! As promised I am posting our schedule of performers that we will be doing this summer.

July 2: David Cousin, Juggler
July 9: Buster Balloon Show
July 16: Wonders of Wildlife
July 23: Craig Newton, Musician
July 30: Wonder World Puppet Show
August 6: Reader's Theater Performance (More on this later.)
August 13: Summer Reading Program Awards Party featuring the
marvelous Abbit the Average!

Please write this on your calendars or print it out and put on your refrigerator so you know what's happening when. These Wednesday performances are at 3:30pm. The last performance on Wed. Aug. 13th is at 10:00am. It's going to be a great summer! Remember that we will have crafts every Tuesday at 3:30pm.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Snake craft

Our computers aren't working properly right now so I can't post the pictures of our craft yet. Hopefully soon. We have been so busy preparing for the reading program that we haven't had time to post. That will change when we actually begin the reading program.

Our craft today was fun. We made snakes! As of yet, these snakes haven't frightened anyone. This particular craft was fairly easy. I believe I could actually have pulled this off! (I don't do crafts. I have no talent in that area.)

We will be doing crafts every week this year! Beginning Tuesday, July 1st, we will be offering crafts every Tuesday at 3:30pm for six weeks. Our theme for the reading program this year is "Catch the Reading Bug" so we will be making six different types of bugs. Cool!

Be sure to join us on Wednesdays as well because we will be having six different programs every Wednesday at 3:30pm. I will be doing a post soon about that.

Joke of the day: Why couldn't the sesame seed stop playing cards?
Answer: Because he was on a roll! :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Pomona Public Library's Beloved Grandma Jean

Jean Roman is the Pomona Public Library's beloved Grandma Jean. For the past fifteen years, Grandma Jean has been faithfully reading to our children every Wednesday afternoon from 3:30-4:30pm. She began when our Friends of the Library started the Grandparents and Books program back in 1993. Since then the Friends have moved into many other programs but our Grandma Jean stayed on.

We pull books for her to read to the children. But Grandma Jean took it to another level when she started letting the children practice their reading by letting them read aloud to the others at the table. She is always so patient and kind with everyone that we always look forward to her cheerful self! She has had "groupies" where children would come in and ask for Grandma Jean and be delighted when she walked in.

Kudos to you, Grandma Jean, from the community of Pomona. Your faithfulness and loyalty to our children make you a gem with us. We look forward to your continued and valued service.

For those of you who want to see Grandma Jean, her last session is next Wednesday, June 18th at 3:30pm. She will begin again in September.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Pomona Public Library's Catch the Reading Bug Summer Reading Program

In just two short weeks, we will be kicking off the Summer Reading Program. "Catch the Reading Bug" is our theme this year so prepare yourself for a really buggy summer. You'll see staff in these green t-shirts and the lucky readers of the week will win a t-shirt plus other prizes.

Beginning June 23, 2008, we will be signing people up for the reading program. This program is for children ages 2 to 12. Our teen program is for teens 13-18. We will be counting hours instead of books again this year. It worked out really well last year. Keep track of the hours you read or are read to. Have one of your parents sign your reading log when you get up to five hours. Bring it in and get a prize! We will be giving prizes for five hours, ten hours, fifteen hours, & twenty hours. The teen program will go up to 25 hours.

The other program is called the Reading Buddy Program. This is a really great program where we put together an elementary school child with either a high school or college age student. You practice reading for a 30 minute session. Our sessions will be in the afternoon from 1:00-5:00pm. Come in anytime during that four hour period and have your 30 minute session. This is a really great program. The elementary kids love reading with the older ones and the older ones love being the "expert." The child must be able to read. This is not a tutoring session but a practice session. The elementary child must be going into 1st grade to participate in this program.

I'll be doing more posts about the prizes and the special programs we will be having this summer. Keep checking in!

Joke of the day: What do you get when a police officer surprises a skunk?
Answer: Law and odor. :)

Saturday, June 7, 2008

The information fair is happening right now outside the library. There are plenty of people walking around from booth to booth. Kiwanis club is selling hot dogs and (gasp)they are letting Mr. Shapton cook! Charlene from the Cal Poly homework center is there telling everyone about our homework center. David Allen from the Daily Bulletin is supposed to be at our library table but he was off wandering around. Shoot, I was hoping for a picture for this blog!

Next week I will be posting about our Summer Reading Program. We have two programs one being the Reading Program and one being the Reading Buddy Program. I'll explain the difference between the two. We are also having again this year our Teen Program. There will be plenty to do this summer even though our hours will be shortened. Come in and find out!

Joke of the day: Why do mother kangaroos hate rainy days?
Answer: Because their kids want to play inside. :)

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

New Library Hours

The Pomona Public Library will be changing their hours beginning June 30, 2008. For several months, the City of Pomona has been taking a close look at the budget for the coming fiscal year. For the lIbrary's part, our contribution to the "Pomona effort" are the new hours. The new hours are:

Monday - Thursday: 12:00pm-8:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 5:30pm

For those of you who come to story time you'll realize that the Tuesday 10:15am and the Thursday 10:00am hours will have to change. The Tuesday story time is considering 12:15pm and 3:00pm. The hard part is that everyone's child eats lunch and takes naps at different times. 12:15pm may be during a lunch/nap and 3:00pm may be a time when parents must pick up older children from school. Please take this week to think about what would be best for you and we will make a decision before June 30th.

Change is hard and it's sad we lose the morning hours but we will do our best to make this work. We appreciate your loyalty to the library and we will work out the best possible solution.

Please remember that we need your feedback. Keep in touch!