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.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Carnegie Library, Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Greetings from Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Here is the Carnegie Library that existed in Scottsbluff. Like our own Carnegie, it did not hold all the books that was needed in this community and it was torn down and a newer one was built. My great grandparents settled in this area back in the late 1800's. They acually settled in Gering, Nebraska just south of the Scottsbluff monument. I'll write more on this later.

Greetings also from Tuscon, Arizona. Good friends live here that used to work for Pomona Public Library. Some of you may remember Marisa Abramo and if you do, she says hi right back at you!

I will be visiting a Mission here in Tuscon and I'll take a lot of pictures. I'll be posting these things when I get home. I can't believe that I will be home Thursday. This trip has gone so fast!!

See you soon!

Joke of the day: What is the best trip you never want to take?
Answer: The one where you end up on the floor! :)
(I've taken both and I'm here to tell you ...)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersein, Adieu! Going on vacation!!!

Adios! That's right I'm going on vacation. Today is my last day at work and I leave for the good old midwest on Monday. I haven't visited my family for several years and it will be good to see them.

I plan on going to as many libraries as I can and I may blog from on the road. I'll try to talk Ms. Nissa and Grandma Sue to continue blogging from home.

We had a terrific summer! I can't remember laughing this hard in a long time. The final count for our readers this summer is: 1,018 readers! We met our goal and surpassed it and had a lot of fun along the way.

You have a couple of weeks to rest and then school begins again. Remember that we are here for you!

Joke of the day: Why did the blue jay get a perm?
Answer: Because the curly bird catches the worm. :)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Summer Reading Program Party 2008

We had soooo much fun at our end of the Summer Reading Program Party! Our good friend Abbit the Average came and entertained us very well. He always gets belly laughs from the kids and I never get tired of that! (He gets belly laughs from the staff as well!) He is one of our most favorite entertainers and no matter how often we see him we enjoy him more and more.

We owe a big gratitude to the Friends of the Pomona Public Library for funding our programs. They are so very generous to us. One of the pictures here represents a small fraction of them. Thank you Friends!

Please keep coming into the library. Even though our program is over we are still here for you. Plus we miss seeing you when you don't come in. :)

Joke of the day: Who can write a children's book and give a great massage at the same time?
Answer: Dr. Masseuse. :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Pewter Citrus Labels

These are pictures of pewter citrus labels the City had made for it's 100th birthday back in 1987. I've been here 18 years and I didn't realize we had these. A friend of mine who used to work here mentioned them and I went to look for them. They really are colorful and another beautiful remembrance of our rich history. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I do.

Joke of the day: What do jigsaw puzzles do when they get bad news?
Answer: They go to pieces! :)

Monday, August 11, 2008

End of Summer Reading Program Party

Our end of the year party is here at last. This Wednesday, August 13th at 10:00am our party will begin. Our favorite magician Abbit the Average will be performing some buggy magic. He is an excellent magician and comedian so come prepared to be amazed and to laugh a lot.

This week's activities:

Monday: 1:00-5:00pm Reading Buddies

Tuesday: 12:15pm Story time
1:00-5:00pm Reading Buddies

Wednesday: 10:00am Party
1:00-5:00pm Reading Buddies

Thursday: 12:15pm Infant story time
1:00-5:00pm Last day of Reading Buddies

See you here!

Joke of the day: What do you call little bugs that live on the moon?
Answer: Luna ticks! :)

Friday, August 8, 2008

The Summer Reading Program is Winding Down

Winding Down at Night
Originally uploaded by fnlheaven413
Tomorrow is the last day you all can turn in reading hours. This summer has gone by sooooo fast! It's been our best year to date with our final numbers at 1,023. We haven't been through all of the cards yet, so that number could go up or down. I will post the final numbers next week.

Remember that our party this year will be Wednesday August 13th at 10:00am. We will be holding the party outside next to the county courthouse. Our magician is our friend Jeff Abbit known as Abbit the Average. He is a great entertainer and I know everyone will enjoy it.

See you on Wednesday!

Joke of the day: Knock-knock
Whose there?
Gladys who?
Gladys Friday! :)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Reader's Theater 2008

What a great time we had with Reader's Theater the past two days. Every year the day before a Reader's Theater performance and the day of the performance are the busiest days of the year for me, and it's all worth it. It's worth it because you all have such fun with it. And that's the point: you have fun reading. Both of your songs were great too. "There Ain't No Bugs On Me" (yes, the dog in the commercial is sooooo cute) and "The Ants Go Marching" were a big hit. A big thank you to all of you who came to all the rehearsals and the performance. The earthquake took away a rehearsal but you more than made up for it in enthusiasm.


Joke of the day: Knock-knock.
Whose there?
Fangs who?
Fangs a lot! :)

Monday, August 4, 2008

Ladybug Craft

The final count is in and this year we have (drum roll please) 1,011 readers join our Summer Reading Program! I've been here almost 18 years and this is our best number yet. I'm very proud of all of you who came through the library this summer and read for fun. It is a lot of fun to read and I'm glad so many young Pomonans know this.

This is the last week for you all to turn in hours read. August 9th at 5:00pm is the deadline. Our party will be August 13th at 10:00am. We are keeping it in the morning because we will be outside in the courtyard. We will have our own Abbit the Average come again this year! (I hope he doen't mind that we claim him as our own!)

This week at PPL:

Monday 12:00-2:00pm Elf
1:00-5:00pm Reading Buddies

Tuesday: 12:15pm Story time
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
3:30-4:00pm Reader's Theater Performance
4:00-4:30pm Cast party

Thursday: 12:15pm Infant Story time
1:00-5:00pm Reading Buddies

Have a great week everyone!

Joke of the day: Why are calendars so popular?
Answer: Because they have a date everyday of the year! :)

Friday, August 1, 2008

We did it! 1,000 Readers

1,000 Down
Originally uploaded by thespacerace
It was close! We were down to two days for reader sign-ups. We lost a whole day on Tuesday because of the earthquake. But we did it! As of 3:00pm friday August 1st, we have 1,004 readers.

This has been a fantastic summer. We have more readers and we have had more people come to our crafts and our shows. We have over 100 children reading for our reading buddies and 30 teens to listen to them read!

Next week we will have our crafts on Tuesday and our Reader's Theater performance will be Wednesday, both at 3:30pm.

Be there NOT elsewhere!

Joke of the day: Which insects tell time?
Answer: Clock-roaches! :)