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! ;)


Ed said...

Ms. Lois,
Are the reading hours linked to a prize or reward system?

Ms. Lois said...

Yes, Ed. We keep track of each child's hours that they read. For example, when a child has finished reading 5 hours, they get a book bag and a free coupon to go to skate express.

10 hours: sticker sheet and a boomer's certificate for either a miniature golf game or a free personal pizza

15 hours: Door hanger and a round table pizza coupon (these are running low)

20 hours: 1 book to keep and 1 pass to a Rancho Cucamonga Quakes baseball game

25 hours: 1 free book to keep and 1 swim pass to either Washington or Ganesha Park Pools.

Teens require five more hours of reading to get all these prizes.

It's a heck of a deal and if the kids are reading this summer they might as well get rewarded!

Kids program are ages 0-12, teens ages 13-18.

Thanks for asking!

Johanna said...

Thanks for bringing Swazzle to Pomona! I do love them so - it's so nice to see puppetry supported here.