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 30, 2009

Our Fabulous Puppet Show With Swazzle

Hello young Pomonans! Oh my goodness, we had such a great time with Swazzle yesterday. I am sorry that the pictures are so dark but he did a light show!! We turned off the overhead lights and he used shadow puppets as well as puppets themselves lit up with lights. Our reading program theme is: "be creative @ your library" and Swazzle was very creative. It really was impressive! For those of you who were there, you know how incredible it was. In some of the better lighted pictures, you can see how kids were participating and getting totally obsorbed with this show. This whole summer we have had great programs and the response of the children was amazing. It is so great to be a part of Pomona!!

Today is the last day of our reading buddies. We have had 135 children read with 29 high school and college mentors! A mentor and a student would sit together in our story hour room and practice reading for 30 minutes. It is such a great program and is very rewarding to both student and mentor. We are so proud of our mentors (who volunteered their time) that we are having a pizza party for them today. Hooray for the Reading Buddies Program!!

Remember there is just one more week to be able to turn in your reading hours. The following week we will have our talent show and the week after that we have our end of the reading program party with Buster Balloon. If you were here last year you KNOW how incredible Buster is. He makes these intricate balloon figures and for the finale he blows up this huge "whoopie cushion" and gets INSIDE it!!

So come on in and experience the fun for yourselves. Thanks to all of you who have come in and made this reading program the best it can be. You are wonderful!!

Joke of the day: How did the lobster become a lawyer?
Answer: It went to claw school! ;)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Craft Tuesday 11/28/09

The picture right above is a sample of the craft we did today. The other pictures are the masks made by our children. We were being very creative at our library!

We really had a good time with this today. I announced (as I always do) that I would be taking pictures and putting it on our blog (which is on the internet.) I always ask the parents permission because some have serious objections to having a picture of their child on the internet. I totally understand that and if anyone has any objections I won't take their picture. Today we had all sorts of interest and I took pictures of almost everyone. They were all so good and most of the kids wore their masks and some wanted only a picture of there mask. It was interesting that today none of the parents objected but several of the children themselves objected. I believe in honoring everyone's request.

Just a reminder that tomorrow is our Puppet show with Swazzle. We start at 3:3opm and after the show we will have our raffle and honoring our readers of the week with prizes.

See you here!!

Joke of the day: Where do finger puppets get their outfits?
Answer: They're all hand-me-downs. :)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Swazzle Puppet Show

Hey ho, young Pomonans! We are having Swazzle Puppet Show here on Wednesday, July 29 at 3:30pm. You're not going to want to miss this show. We have had Swazzle before so you may know already that it is a good show. They make their own puppets and as you can see they are very professionally done.

Don't forget the craft on Tuesday. Since Grandma Sue has retired, we are having the recreation department come and do our crafts. They are VERY good and very fun to do. We have the different crafts on display so come on in and see them. I'm not sure exactly what they are doing this week so come on in and find out!

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

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Dinosaur Program With Richard Wade

We had a great time yesterday with Richard Wade. He did a Dinosaur program. I learned many things that I had not known about. I bet you did too!

Monica Rodriguez from the Daily Bulletin was there and also a photographer so hopefully we will be in the paper soon.

We are still low in numbers from last year so please come in and sign up for the reading program. It's fun and we have great prizes!

See you here!

Joke of the day: What type of sport utility vehicle would a dinosaur drive?
Answer: A Bronco-saurus. :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Science Program Today

Pomona Public Library is the place to be today at 3:30pm. Richard Wade is coming to do a science program.

Be here and be amazed!

Joke of the day: What do scientists wear to the lab?
Answer: Sneakers with test tube socks. :)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Happy Retirement Grandma Sue

We had a really good time at Grandma Sue's retirement party. Of course, any time our staff gets together we have a good time. That's the honest truth. We like each other and we like working together. But I must say I had mixed feelings about this retirement. Grandma Sue and I have worked and shared an office for almost 19 years. That's longer than most of you have been alive!

We've been friends as well as co-workers. Her talents lay in crafts, mine in story time and we both share a crazy sense of humor. She loves children and enjoys teasing and joking with them. I know that you as well as I will miss her. She says she will come back and volunteer. I sure hope so!!

Sue has worked for the City of Pomona for almost 25 years. She was presented a "Goddess of Pomona" statue with her name on it and the dates that she worked for the city. She was also presented a retirement pin with the picture of the goddess on it. Our good friend Allan wrote several haikus that were inspired by Sue which was a lot of fun.

All in all it went quite well. It certainly will be different around here without her. Please come in often and speak to us so we won't miss her so much!

Joke of the day: What will Grandma Sue be doing in her retirement?
Answer: Re-tire her car. :) Ha!