Library column for The Manhattan Mercury, 5-6-12
Written by Jennifer Adams
The Children’s Room at the library has been busy with activity, even though our regular storytimes are over for the semester. During the past few weeks, all the second graders have been bussed to the public library for a field trip, with transportation funded by the library’s friends group. The Junior League of the Flint Hills gave away more than 200 free books on Library Card Day on April 28th, and Dr. Sally Bailey’s K-State drama therapy class performed a fantastic puppet show last Tuesday afternoon. Now, librarians are busy scheduling visits to all the schools to promote our summer reading program. In our spare time, we’ve planned a few splendiferous events (as Fancy Nancy would say) for the month of May.
Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth is the newest development for Jane O’Connor’s super popular book character, Fancy Nancy. Sparkles adorn the covers of most Fancy Nancy picture books and easy readers, along with dazzling words to describe her many interests. Now, Nancy the sleuth (“which is a fancy word for detective”) will satisfy readers ready for chapter books as she solves her first mystery with her best friend Bree.
The library will host a stupendous Fancy Nancy party on Friday, May 11, at 2:00. Everyone is formally invited and elegant attire is encouraged if you wish, but be prepared to don more fancy clothes and accessories in our dress-up relay.
We will also be celebrating Mother’s Day this week with our two Spanish storytimes, Friday and Saturday at 10:00. Marisol Teran-Apodaca from the Bebe Language Academy will engage children in a bilingual storytime featuring classic picture books Tu Mama Es Una Llama?/Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino, and Me Quieres, Mama?/Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse. Stories will be read in both English and Spanish, followed by fun children’s songs with some Spanish words incorporated.
Later on Saturday morning, we will have our outdoor storytime on the lawn at 11:00 with humorous stories for Mom’s Day. In My Mom Has X-Ray Vision by Angela McAllister, Matthew will finally solve the mystery of whether or not moms really have super powers to see everything you do. Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama Home With Mama shows the love and care pathetic little llama gets when he has to stay home sick, and Douglas Wood’s What Moms Can’t Do gives a little dinosaur’s perspective on the daily chores his mother needs his help to accomplish.
After storytime, children will get to take home a special gift for Mother’s Day, provided by Blueville Nursery. Stories on the lawn will continue on the following Saturdays in May, featuring fractured fairy tales on May 19 and campfire stories on May 26.