Saturday, September 6, 2008

At the Library

We spent almost four hours at the library, and A&N had a blast hanging with the Macks kids. I can't tell you how great it is that they can play at simple games and read books and spend hours doing it. Can you beat that?

We are lucky to have one of the best libraries I have ever been to nearby in Hanover. The only bummer part is having to be surrounded by all those Hanover types, but they come and go, off to their next appointment to ensure their kids admittance to an Ivy League. On days of story hour, however, they take over the damn place, spilling over with their sense of entitlement, and perhaps rightly so since they do live there and pay their taxes. Even still, do they have to be such jerks about it?

It's getting to be more and more of a challenge to find new and exciting books for A, though she's really made the leap to books with no pictures, and that pretty much opens up entire worlds for her. We're currently doing the Roman Mysteries, and though she seems ambivalent about the Warriors, a new series has popped up, and it may be something for her to pursue. I believe they are called the Seekers. Also doing the Dick-King Smith books, they seem like a lot of fun.

One thing that really struck me yesterday was how parents severely limit the number of books their kids are allowed to check out. One boy wanted to grab a few more and his mom completely shut him down: "No, you're only allowed to take three." What a shame. I'm not saying people should get out of control like we are, but what's a few more books. Parents should encourage their kids to read, and in the very least, NOT discourage it. Maybe TV is just a better option.

Got a CS Lewis book, the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and though I don't embrace all the religious suggestions, we have tickets to see the performance at the Hop. I think the Macks will be there, so that will encourage A&N. I want to read the book to them before we see it. Besides, we really enjoyed the read aloud and have lost touch with it. Time to return to it.

Also, and maybe this is the bad parent in me, but I don't always properly screen the books, and now that we are reading more mature fiction, it may be necessary for me to exactly that. Adult themes seem to be cropping up, so intervention or explanation may be in order. Kids are a lot more savvy than we give them credit for, however.

Today is Saturday, and I'm wondering if YKW will come calling. Don't hear from her as much now that school has started, not that I'm complaining.

Until the next time, thanks for reading.

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