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, January 30, 2009

Little House in the Big Woods

Hello young Pomonans! Yes, I'm going to talk about the Sociable again and I will everyday until it gets here! A week from tomorrow is our Laura Ingalls Wilder Sociable. That's February 7, 2009 from 1:00pm-4:00pm. We will have entertainment, crafts. birthday cake, punch and a whole lot of fun.

This book, Little House in the Big Woods, is Laura's first book about her life during her childhood. She really did live in a small cabin in a forest of trees. She had her Ma, Pa, sister Mary, baby sister Carrie and a little dog named Jack.

Laura's books are very popular children's books. We are very lucky to have our children's room named after her.

Come in on February 7th and we'll have a great time!

Joke of the day: Why did the cowboy leave his job at the shoe store?
Answer: He got the boot! :)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Laura Ingalls Wilder Sociable Coming February 7, 2009

Good Thursday young Pomonans! The countdown to our Sociable is officially on! Forty three years ago the first Children's Librarian of the Pomona Public Library began a wonderful tradition in celebrating the birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her birthday was February 7,1867 and one hundred years later on February 5, 1967 the first sociable was celebrated here at the Pomona Public Library. Eight years later Melissa Sue Anderson, who played Mary in the television series of Little House on the Prairie, came to our sociable and signed autographs. We have a picture of her which I will post again soon.

This year Ken Frawley and Christy Lewis will tell cowboy stories and songs and will perform their trick roping. It will be great fun because we make it great fun! Your participation will make it even greater fun! How much fun is that? A lot!!

KEEP THIS DATE ON YOUR CALENDARS: FEBRUARY 7, 2009 FROM 1:00-4:00PM. We will have a big birthday cake, punch, and a craft. Grandma Sue will help you make a Conestoga wagon. I will also post that picture again.


Joke of the day: How does a cowboy catch a herd of runaway eyeballs?
Answer: He lash-oes them! :)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Village Academy in Pomona Reaches Out

Our teens over at Village Academy are telling it like it is. If you're not familiar with Village Academy, it is located where the old Pomona mall was on Holt and Indian Hill. This location also houses Pueblo Elementary School. I was out there not to long ago and it was interesting to walk down the halls that used to be a mall and instead of shops there are classrooms.

In today's Daily Bulletin, staff writer Diana Sholley tells the story of how teens are being affected by the economic crisis. They made an emotional, unscripted video that speaks of how the economic crisis is affecting today's teenagers. The students are trying to raise money to bring the video to Sacramento or Washington. Anyone who would like to donate should contact Village Academy High School, 1444 E. Holt Ave., Pomona, (909) 397-4900.

For those of us who can, let us reach right back to our teens and help in whatever way we can.

To view the video click on the Daily Bulletin sight: Teens share story of economy's pain

Happy One Year of Blogging

Hello young Pomonans! Yesterday, January 25th was our one year of blogging here at the Pomona Public Library. It has been a fun experience for me and hopefully you can learn of our activities.

Here are our activities for this week:

Monday: 12-2pm Come and play at Elf.

Tuesday: 12:15pm Preschool Story time
3:00pm After school story time
4-6pm Homework Assistance Center

Wednesday: 3:30-4:30pm Grandparents and books
4-6pm Homework Assistance Center

Thursday: 12:15pm Infant story time
4-6pm Homework Assistance Center

Also the books and computers are available to you on Monday through Thursday 12pm to 8:30pm. On Fridays and Saturdays 12pm to 5:30pm.

Remember our Laura Ingalls Wilder Gingerbread Sociable is coming on February 7th 1:00-4:00pm.

Be here!

Joke of the day: Why did the photographer take pictures on windy days?
Answer: He like to shoot the breeze! :)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

43rd Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Gingerbread Sociable

Two weeks from today is our 43rd Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Gingerbread Sociable. We have been celebrating her birthday for many years now! This year since the sociable is actually on her birthday, we are having birthday cake! (And it's not going to be ginger flavored either. At least I hope not...)

Our entertainers this year are Ken Frawley and Christie Lewis who will be telling cowboy/cowgirl stories and songs and also they will be doing trick rope for us! Ken and Christie belong to an organization called Dream Shapers that include various types of programs for children.

Grandma Sue will be leading the craft. You all will be making Conestoga Wagons (out of paper.) This craft is out of my league so I'm afraid I won't be much help. I can help you glue in you like. :) Grandma Sue is the craft expert and I appreciate her expertise.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Pomona Public Library. This is a wonderful group of people who provide money and support to the Library. They are amazing.

Here is the information:

Laura Ingalls Wilder Gingerbread Sociable
Date: February 7, 2009
Where: Pomona Public Library Children's Room
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

I will see you here!

Joke of the day: Where does an elephant keep his laptop?
Answer: In its trunk! :)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Our Digital Story Station Has Arrived at PPL

This photo is taken off of flickr but our digital story station is here in our Special Collections room. Here is some information that is on our fliers:

California of the Past Digital Story Station

This project is funded by the California State Library. The goal of the project is to help you tell a story of particular importance to you, from your own life, which will also illuminate a piece of California history for others. This project is co-sponsored by the Pomona Public Library and the Historical Society of the Pomona Valley.

Why tell stories?

Stories help define who we are and how we fit into the world we live in. The Digital Story Station gives you the opportunity to spotlight something or someone, or some place, or some event that you care deeply about, and wish to preserve and share with friends and family. You will also add to the Library's collection of digital stories that we make available for public education, enjoyment and benefit. History is made of many personal stories that later become part of the larger story of our culture and society. Digital Stories are slices of history - the people's history - and your story will illuminate a piece of the larger story within which your story takes place.

How do I make an Appointment to tell my story?
You can make an appointment to tell your digital story by visiting the Special Collections Department of the Library any Mon-Wed from 2:00-6:00pm. You can also make an appointment by calling the Library at (909) 620-3709, Mon-Fri, from 12 noon to 5:00pm. You can e-mail a request for an appointment to: Library@ci.pomona.ca.us.

When will my Story be Recorded?
Recordings are made in the Special Collections Department on Thursdays and Fridays anytime between 12 noon and 5:00pm.

PLEASE NOTE: You will be required to sign a Release Form permitting the Library to record, distribute and archive your story, before we can begin to create your story.

How long will my story be?
Digital stories should be no longer than three to five minutes in length, and consist of approximately 250-300 words. Library Staff can help you create a story of suitable length.

What should my story be about?
We suggest that you tell a a story about one of the following:
1. Tell about an event
2. Tell about a person
3. Tell about a place
4. Tell a family story

For more information please call (909) 620-3709. It is interesting that after your story is completed we will call you to come in to the Library. We will provide you with a copy of your story on DVD and upload it to the California State Library's website at www.DigitalStoryStation.com.

How cool is that?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Calendar Craft

Our craft was fun today. Grandma Sue made it here after all so I didn't have to limp through it! We had a small turn out but those who were here now have a calendar for all of 2009 that they made themselves. Cool.

Remember that our homework center is open today and tomorrow from 4:00-6:00pm. Tomorrow at 12:15pm is our infant story time.

See you here!

Joke of the day: How did the violin get into the orchestra?
Answer: It pulled some strings! :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Grandma Sue's craft is tomorrow at 3:00pm

This is our craft tomorrow that Grandma Sue will be leading. The pictures here are colored in but she will hand them out blank so you can color it the way you want. There is a slight chance that Grandma Sue will be out tomorrow and if she is, never fear! I am actually able to do this craft. Surprised? Me too! I am capable of carrying out the paper and the colors and distributing them to you! Cool! Finally a craft I can do! :)

Another joke of the day: Do straight-A students get engaged?
Answer: Yes, but first they just go study. :)

Camera Genius

I am certainly no camera genius. Yesterday on my home computer I was trying to upload pictures I took and failed miserably. I brought my camera to work today to upload the pictures and found I had wiped out my memory card.

Ren gives out awards for blogging. I should get the "failed miserably in the camera area award!" Oh well, we can't win them all. I'm just glad I love children and animals! :)

Here are the activities for the week:

Tuesday: 12:15pm Preschool storytime
3:00pm After school story time
4:00-6:00pm Homework Assistance Center

Wednesday: 3:30-4:30pm Grandparents and books
3:00pm Crafts with Grandma Sue
4:00-6:00pm Homework Assistance Center

Thursday: 12:15pm Infant Story time
4:00-6:00pm Homework Assistance Center

That's it! Be here!

Joke of the day: Why was the tennis player told to quiet down?
Answer: He was making a racket! :)

Monday, January 19, 2009

The Saga Continues

The good news is that sometime during the night they came out and ate and used the litter box. The big problem this morning was how to give Joy (the diabetic cat) her shot. They both were out of the carrier but were under my bed. I cleaned the food dishes and put fresh food just outside the bed and then I laid in wait with the shot in my hand. I waited.....and I waited.....and I waited some more.... You got it, she didn't come for the food. So I moved my bed, flung myself over sideways, found Joy, pulled her out and gave her her shot. And I get to do this all over again tonight!

You know, I'm taking this one day at a time. If this routine continues I'm going to have to get up at 4:00am in order to get to work on time!

The cat in this picture kind of looks like Joy. She has more white on her face. She has the big eyes though!

I can't figure out how to get to my pictures on my compter at home and post them. My computer at work is much easier. I'll post their pictures tomorrow.

If anyone has tips for me I could sure use them!

Joke of the day: How did Benjamin Franklin feel when he discovered eletricity?
Answer: Shocked!

UPDATE: A friend of mine came over this afternoon. She's brilliant! We put boxes under my bed to block the hard to reach places and still left them space to hide. I can easily reach Joy to give her her shot. What we do for our animals!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

This is my kind of cat!

Intelligent cat 1
Originally uploaded by Rejean Pellerin
Okay, this is the situation. My parents are quite elderly Mom will be 89 next month, Dad will be 92 in May. They have two cats that will be 13 in June. One cat has diabetes and I have been going over to their house twice a day to give her a shot of insulin. The whole routine has been upsetting to them. Being of the "old school" they wanted to put them down. I cannot do that. So, I have brought them to my place. They are so freaked that they won't come out of the carrier. The door is open and I put two bowls of food in front of them as well as a bowl of water. I have been "hey kitty kitting " myself to death. Any suggestions out there????

Also I have been locked up in my room because they know me and I hoped that would help. It doesn't seem to.

Okay, Goddess, I can feel you rolling your eyes at me. Yes, I have two more cats!!!! I know Mr. Big would approve of me rescuing them.

Honestly, if anyone has any suggestions as to what would help, please leave a comment. I am also very worried that this diabetic cat isn't eating.

No joke: HELP!

Friday, January 16, 2009


Originally uploaded by DAN23-PHOTO
Greetings young Pomonans! As you know we will be closed Monday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This is your opportunity to dream. You are our future, so dream big! Dream that we will one day live in a world where children can grow up equally with tolerance for everyone. YOU can make it happen.

Other than Monday, we will have our regular schedule back. Wednesday we will have our monthly craft. Grandma Sue will show you how to make a year long calendar! You can keep this up all year in your room.

Joke of the day: Why did the clock get into trouble at school?
Answer: Because it tocked in class! :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Los Angeles Public Library

Good day young Pomonans! I very much missed you all yesterday. Grandma Sue said you were all wonderful. (I already knew that.) :) We had a GREAT time at the workshop yesterday at the Los Angeles Public Library. If you can't be with children then being with people who love to work with children is the next best thing. You are guaranteed to have a great time!

These pictures were taken outside of the library. Isn't it a beautiful building? The room our workshop was in was inside this older part and the woodwork and character of the place was wonderful. I felt like I had gone back in time.

We learned many things like new music and finger plays. We shared our favorite children's book. My favorite one right at the moment is "Book, book, book" by
Deborah Bruss. I listened to other wonderful books and had a great time with other people who love children.

I went into Los Angeles on the Metrolink train. I then took the red line two stops and got out and walked two blocks to the library. It was really easy. On the way home it was overwhelming how many people were walking on the streets. It was a "sea of humanity." That just means there were thousands of people walking around! I especially enjoyed a street musician who was blowing on his saxophone with great enthusiasm! I'm telling you, if you ever feel like you're all alone in the world, go to downtown L.A. during rush hour. We all looked like tiny ants rushing to wherever it is we were going.

It was a fabulous opportunity to go but I'm very, very glad to be back at the Pomona Public Library. We rock!

Joke of the day: Why did Mars and Earth collide on their trip around the sun?
Answer: They didn't planet very well. :)

Monday, January 12, 2009

Conestoga Wagon, our craft for our Laura Ingalls Wilder Gingerbread Sociable

Good Monday, young Pomonans! This is a picture of our craft that we will be doing at our Laura Ingalls Wilder Gingerbread Sociable on February 4, 2009 from 1:00-4:00pm. Please mark this day on the calendar because we will have a great time. Grandma Sue and Ms. Nissa will help you all put this together. Sorry, guys, crafts isn't my thing. I'm the storyteller. Crafts just confuse me. :)

Here are our weekly activities. Come on in and see us. We always have something going on. Our Homework Assistance Center is always crowded and I'm always seeing happy faces. Imagine having fun doing homework! It happens here!

Monday: 12:00-2:00pm Come play at ELF

Tuesday: 12:15pm Preschool Story time. Grandma Sue will be doing this for me. I will be at a storytelling workshop at Los Angeles Public Library. I'm sorry this is on a Tuesday. I get a little crabby when I have to miss story time!
3:00pm After school story time. Ms. Nissa will be doing this for me. (I'll still be at the workshop!)
4-6pm Homework Assistance Center

Wednesday: 3:30-4:30pm Grandparents and Books
4-6pm Homework Assistance Center

Thursday: 12:15pm Infant Story time. I'll be doing this for Grandma Sue who is off that day.
4-6pm Homework Assistance Center

Be here young Pomonans!

Joke of the day: What boat is always sorry for itself?
Answer: A woe-boat. :) (Okay, come on, I know that made you laugh!)

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Harry Potter Display at PPL

The holiday season is over and I couldn't wait to display my Harry Potter collection. They have been in the back office and it's nice to get them out. In the collection I have several collector's editions as well as a whole set of the seven books that come in a case. The newest addition is the "Tales of the Beetle Bard" which just came out in December. It is the smallest of the books that has a very ornate cover. Then there are Harry dolls and a Ron doll and two different Hedwigs! Thank you to Kate Roecker (adult reference librarian) who owns one of the Hedwigs for letting me display it with the others.

So come on in and see it! Just remember that these items are privately owned and cannot be checked out! :)

Joke of the day: What did the football coach yell when the telephone didn't return his money?
Answer: "Hey! I want my quarter back!" :)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Future Artists of Pomona

Yes, young Pomonans, it all starts here. Today preschool story time, tomorrow the Arts Colony. Your pictures are wonderful and I am very proud to display them. It is possible that you can view them on Pomona TV News. Images of Pomona is a new blog that has all sorts of cool Pomona history. My friend Ren has shown an interest in Pomona's kids and he is willing to display them. Very cool!

It is so great to have you all back working here at the library. It is so fun for us when you are here. I get to see all of the great Pomona kids and there are so many more good kids out there.

Come in! We are here for you.

Joke of the day: Knock knock
Whose there?
Les who?
Les hear another joke! :)
(Joke courtesy of one of our resident teens.)

Monday, January 5, 2009

Little House in the Big Woods

Our annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Gingerbread Sociable is coming February 7, 2009. Mark this date in your calendars! The sociable is on Laura's actual birthday this year.

We will be having two entertainers. Ken Frawley and Christie Lewis will be telling cowboy stories and songs and they each do trick roping! They celebrate the old west which Laura Ingalls Wilder was certainly a part of.

The Friends of the Pomona Public Library sponsor this event every year. As you know, our children's room is named after Laura and this event is one of our highlights of the year.

Be here!

Another joke of the day: Doctor: What is your problem?
Patient: I think I'm a chicken.
Doctor: How long has this been going on?
Patient: Ever since I was an egg. :)

Happy New year..

Happy new year, young Pomonans! I love this picture. If you come in and make this face at me, I'll probably make it right back at you! Then we can both laugh.

We are back and in business! Here is our schedule for the week:

Monday 1/5: 12:00-2:00pm ELF. Elf stands for Early Learning Families. We have toys for young children in our story hour room. Parents or care givers may go in and play during this time

Tuesday 1/6: 12:15pm Preschool story time. Hooray, I've missed you all! Ms. Lois does this story time.
3:00pm After school story time. Ms. Lois does this story time as well.
4:00-6:00pm: Homework Assistance Center Cal Poly Pomona students volunteer to help you with your homework!

Wednesday 1/7: 3:30-4:30pm Grandparents and Books. Grandma Jean is here to read to you.
4:00-6:00pm Homework Assistance Center

Thursday 1/8: 12:15pm Infant Story time. Grandma Sue does this story time.
4:00-6:00pm Homework Assistance Center

Come on in and let us help you.

Joke of the day: Why did the man freeze his money?
Answer: He wanted cold, hard cash! :)