A Trip to the Library
January 22nd, 2011
As a book-loving mom always on the hunt for free family-friendly activities, it’s truly shocking that today was my first trip to the library with Miss Mouse in eons. Possibly ever. Honestly, I had some reservations about taking her there because of her tendency to go on “reading” rampages in which she pulls every single one of her books off the shelves and piles them around her. I had mental images of her doing the same at the children’s section of the library and thought perhaps we were doing everyone a favor by steering clear…
But my parents saw a flier for a Toddler Storytime at the branch nearest them. It was specifically geared for 2 to 3.5 year olds which sounded just perfect. And on a weekend! Be still my working-mother-heart.
So this morning I packed up Miss Mouse and Little Bear and headed over. Not bad. Not bad at all. It’s a very small library, but their children’s section is welcoming. They have a small train set, a goodly assortment of plush puppets, and a terrific alphabet rug that was a big hit with Miss Mouse. The librarian had clearly put some thought into preparing for the storytime because the whole program had a cohesive theme: monkeys. We read four or five monkey-related books, sang a couple monkey songs, and then did a monkey craft (a cut-out of a bed with a monkey glued to a Popsicle stick so it could “jump” on the bed).
My one quibble was with said librarian’s ability to read aloud. I give her maybe a B-. She had a surprising lack of inflection and was also bad at reading upside down (as she held the book out for the kids to see) and missed quite a few works, thereby screwing up the rhyme scheme of more than one story! But Miss Mouse didn’t seem to mind. She was pretty shy at first, but was clearly warming up to the situation by the end. I think a few more trips and she’ll be fully at home.
The library hosts toddler storytime on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month and I suspect we’ll become regular attendees. The library itself is right across the street from a nice park and I am envisioning some terrific mornings spent playing outside and reading books once the weather gets its act together this spring. Bliss.