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.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Juggling With Mr. Ed

We had a great time with Mr. Ed this afternoon. We were trying to remember when he first started coming in to juggle with us. We think it has been for the past 15 years at least. Hooray for Mr. Ed!

I couldn't believe how fast some of the kids caught on. He started with peacock feathers and then went to the scarves. Those who could went on to bean bags, some went back to peacock feathers! It really was fun. I have more pictures to add but blogger is giving me problems. I'll try to add them tomorrow.

Another joke of the day: How does a juggler keep his balls in the air?
Answer: By throwing up! (Ha, I made that up myself! Thank you, thank you) :)

Mr. Ed to teach us juggling

Come on in to the library today! Mr. Ed comes every year to teach juggling to Pomona kids. It's a lot of fun and it's fairly easy as well. He starts off with the kids juggling scarves. Believe me, this is so much easier than with balls. You can learn the technique by slowly juggling the scarves. Mr. Ed is very patient and encourages everyone.

Mr. Ed Powlesson taught at Mendosa Elementary for many years. He is now at Montvue Elementary School. Come on in and have some fun. We can call it "post earthquake therapy". :)

Joke of the day: Why did the wacky farmer hire a maid?
Answer: To dust his crops. :)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wonder World Puppet Show

Our puppet show was fantastic! Our puppeteer (Ric) provided us with a great show. Ric believes in recyling and he made his puppets out of things you can find around the house. He even showed us how to make a puppet stage out of and ironing board and tent posts! He is a very resorceful guy.

Sorry my pictures are dark. I think I need to recharge my batteries! Tomorrow Mr. Ed will be here to teach juggling to you. He has come every summer for quite a few years and everyone enjoys his classes. He will be here at 3:30pm.

Joke of the day: Knock-knock.
Who's there?
Osborn who?
Osborn in Pomona! :)

Puppet show.

Puppet show.
Originally uploaded by MFinChina
The show must go on! We will have our puppet show at 3:30pm as planned! Hooray! I am so glad we will open at noon and we are back to normal (as much as we are able :) I have contacted all our our Reader's Theater people and they know we will be rehearsing at 2:30pm today.

I will post pictures of our puppet show either later this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

Joke of the day: Where does Mother Goose leave her garbage?
Answer: At the Humpty Dump. :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Earthquake time

Earthquake time
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You never know what is going to happen. This morning, as you all know, we had a moderate earthqake. The library did sustain some damage. Book cases are leaning and there are books on the floor. Because of this we cannot open the library to the public. No story time, no readers theater rehearsal, and no craft. However, Grandma Sue wanted me to inform you that we will still do our ladybug craft next week.

We are planning to open again tomorrow if everything is cleaned up. City hall seemed to have more damage than we did so it depends on when they get to us. We are so sorry this happened but we have no control over these things!

Hang in there and we'll see you tomorrow.

Sorry, I don't have the heart for a joke of the day. :)

Monday, July 28, 2008

Ladybug Craft

Hello young Pomonans!

This is a picture of our craft tomorrow. It's cute as a bug, isn't it? :) Here is what we are doing this week:

Monday 12:00-2:00pm Come play at ELF
1:00-5:00pm Reading Buddies

Tuesday 12:15-12:45pm Storytime
1:00-5:00pm Reading Buddies
2:30-3:30pm Reader's Theater Rehearsal
3:30-4:30pm Ladybug Craft

Wednesday 1:00-5:00pm Reading Buddies
2:30-3:30pm Reader's Theater Rehearsal
3:30-4:30pm Wonder World Puppet Show

Thursday 12:15-12:45pm Infant Storytime
1:00-5:00pm Reading Buddies

Wow! We are really busy these days and believe me, it's my favorite time of year. Reader's Theater this year is fun and my 17 readers are enjoying the material. Bugs are very fun to read about!

Joke of the day: Knock-knock.
Whose there?
Butcher who?
Butcher right foot in, butcher right foot out... :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Craig Newton, Musician!

What a great time we had with Craig Newton! We love having Craig here because he is so good at what he does. It would be easier telling you which instrument he DOESN'T play than what he can play! He was also fun by involving the children with clapping rhythms. After showing them several rhythms, he said now clap your hands as fast as you can. When they did he said, "Thank you, thank you!" :)

He did many bug songs. The familiar was "There Ain't No Bugs on Me" and "The Ants Go Marching". He did several others and he told me after the show that he had written them especially for the "bug theme." What a talented guy! If you missed the show, don't worry. We will definitly have Craig back.

The other news is that the Reader's Theater began their reheasals this week. What a great group we have and most of all we are having fun. Our show will be August 6th so please plan on coming to support your peers.

All in all, we are having a fabulous summer. Our attendance at EVERYTHING is surpassing anything we have done before. So keep coming in and having as much fun as we are. You all are wonderful!

Joke for the day: Knock-knock.
Whose there?
Zounds who?
Zounds like the last knock-knock joke! :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Grandma Sue's Spider Craft

The Spider Craft was great. Grandma Sue had everything in order and ready to go. I had Reader's Theater Rehearsal at 2:30pm and we had a good show up as well. Things are moving so quickly this summer it's hard to believe we're more than half way through.

The great thing is that our numbers on everything is up. As of 5:00pm this evening we have signed up 918 readers for our Summer Reading Program. Our goal is 1,000 and I think we will make it. So go tell everyong about our program. Bring in your cousins, friends, their friends and anyone who would like to have fun this summer. We sure are having a great one. See you here!

Joke of the day: Knock-knock.
Who's there?
Mikasa who?
Mikasa es su casa! :)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Tomorrow's Craft: Spiders!

This is a picture of our craft tomorrow. Isn't it cute? You know those small round spikey things that fall out of trees? Lucky for us Grandma Sue likes collecting them! We are using those for the body of the spider.

So come on in tomorrow and have some fun!

This week's activities:

Monday: 1:00-4:00pm Reading Buddies

Tuesday: 1:00-4:00pm Reading Buddies
12:15-12:45pm Preschool Story time
2:30-3:30pm Reader's Theater Rehearsal
3:30-4:30pm Spider Craft

Wednesday: 100-4:00pm Reading Buddies
2:30-3:30pm Reader's Theater Rehearsal
3:30-4:30pm Craig Newton, Musician

Thursday: 1:00-4:00pm Reading Buddies
12:15-12:45 Infant Story time

See you here!

Joke of the day: Why is baskball the grossest sport?
Answer: The players dribble all over the court! :)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

New Furniture!

We have new furniture! The furniture you see in these pictures are where the cabin used to be. Don't worry! We still have the cabin. We just moved it out on the patio. We got the furniture and the new toys you see around the library through a grant called ELF (early learning families.) We have all of the toys available on Mondays from 12:00-2:00pm. These are mainly for young children.

As of our last count, we have 840 readers signed up for the reading program! Our goal is to reach 1,000 so if you haven't signed up, come on in!

Another joke of the day:
Who's there?
Sahara who?
Sahara on your head is standing up! :)

Wonders of Wildlife

What a great time we had yesterday with our friends Wonders of Wildlife! Cheryl and her Mom (sorry I didn't ask for her name) gave us a wonderful show with wildlife and bugs. Yes, bugs. Lots and lots of bugs. We also saw a baby fox, pot bellied pig, and everything else you see in these pictures. We even had a snail race! Alexia's snail won and she got the gold medal. Hooray Alexia! The good news is that they didn't ask one of us to eat a mealworm. I was a little disappointed as I was hoping to see Grandma Sue hurl...

Next week our Reader's Theater begins rehearsal. I'm calling everyone that signed up this morning because our rehearsals begin Tuesday the 22nd at 2:30pm. Remember that everyone who signed up promised to be at every rehearsal. We only have five rehearsals and every minute is vital. We need to be familiar with the material so that our audience has fun. (Remember that our theme this year is "Catch the Reading Bug", so we will have some rather discusting reading material.) What fun!

Our Reader's Theater schedual is this:

Tuesday July 22: 2:30-3:30pm
Wednesday July 23: 2:30-3:30pm

Tuesday July 29: 2:30-3:30pm
Wednesday July 30: 2:30-3:30pm

Tuesday August 5: 2:30-3:30pm
Wednesday August 6: 2:30-3:30pm
Performance: 3:30-4:00pm
Cast party: 4:00-4:30pm

Thanks again to Wonders of Wildlife for a really great show and I'll see you at rehearsals next week!

Joke of the day: Why did the dogcatcher catch so many large dogs?
Answer: Because he was getting paid by the pound! :)