Create Your Reading Nook

couch-cozy-daylight-920025It’s easy to have a romanticized view of the perfect place to curl up with a book. For me, it’s probably some combination of a window seat overlooking acres of gorgeous woodland and a plush chair pulled up to a fire with snow falling outside. Unfortunately, I don’t happen to live on acres of gorgeous woodland, and, if you’ve lived in Siloam Springs for long, you know snowy windows are in short supply. What’s your ideal reading nook?

Chances are, neither of us can create exactly what we dream of when it comes to cozying up with a favorite book, but for many of us, finding a physical spot to read isn’t the problem, it’s finding the space in our schedules. This is the first step to creating a reading retreat in your home. 

Start by remembering why reading is important. Reading is an investment in your mind. Depending on what you’re reading, it can also be an investment in your imagination, your career, your education, or even your spiritual life. What value does reading add to your life? You’re thinking about this question because there will always be other stuff to do: phone calls to make, errands to run, and business to take care of. You need to remind yourself why reading is worth your time.

Young patron Nazara demonstrates the joy of taking time to read in a cozy spot right here at the library.

Next, think of a time when you could realistically take 20 minutes to read. For many people, this is probably in the morning or evening. Designate your time and explain to your family or roommates that you’ve scheduled this time for reading. No need to be stingy about this─invite them to retreat with a favorite book too! Set a timer at the beginning of your reading time if necessary, so you won’t be distracted wondering if you’ve lost track of time. Remember, you planned to spend 20 minutes reading, so you aren’t missing something you were “supposed” to be doing. 

Congratulations! You’ve carved out space for reading! Now, let’s go back to our dream reading nook. Where do you like to sit when you read? Try to make it a spot where you won’t be distracted. What will catch your eye when you glance up from your book? Place items in your line of sight that will inspire you to keep reading. Maybe an open window, a candle, a large bookshelf, a special memento etc. 

brown-carpet-comfort-2052939Next, what do you want to hear? Some of us have the luxury of a quiet home, but others of us may need to get creative with a sound machine or instrumental music. You can find all kinds of background music and sounds online. Then, what would you like to smell? A scented candle, diffuser, or potpourri can do the trick here. You might also think about the temperature of your space. Will you want an extra blanket? A personal fan? 

Once you have these elements in place, it should only take a minute to settle in. Keep your space sacred. Don’t let yourself drop off the mail in this spot or use it as a holding zone for clutter to pick up “later.” Don’t do it!

We’ve talked about the where’s and how’s of reading, but what about the who? It’sbed-bedroom-biscuits-635467 important to have a private space just for you, but maybe you need a second space where your kids or grandkids can snuggle up with you. A guest day bed filled with throw pillows may be the perfect place. Maybe it’s as easy as adding a basket of books to the side of your living room couch. Maybe there is a special “reading snack” that you keep in the drawer of an end table just for reading time. Think of how to make reading time special for the people who are special to you.

You may find many other “reading nooks” as you go about your daily life. These are spontaneous spaces: the doctor’s office, the in-between-ball-games bleachers, long lines etc. Summer is a great place to find reading nooks on vacation.


thumbnail_IMG_0251I was inspired by one of our patrons who is finding space to read on the Appalachian Trail this summer! Below, see Laurel Granderson’s reading nook by the trail. She’s enjoying her Library Kindle account as she reads Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Laurel’s mom reported at the time of the photo: “We are in Pennsylvania at the New Tripoli campsite, mile 1,247 of the Appalachian Trail. Our family started the trail back in 2017. This is our third summer on the AT, and we are more than halfway.” Thanks for the inspiration Granderson Family!  

But you don’t have to travel across the country to find reading spots outside your home. We’ve got several cozy corners right here at the Library.If you have a favorite reading nook, or if this blog inspires you to create one, e-mail a picture to us at We’d love to share it on this blog, on social media, or around the Library. 

Happy reading!



Interview with Roger the Alien

IMG_0235This week I got to sit down with a library volunteer who is out-of-this-world-awesome (quite literally). Roger the Alien arrived at the beginning of the summer to mascot our summer reading program, but where does he come from? How does he feel in a world of earthlings? Why the summer reading program? Read on for a peek into Roger’s universe.

KENDRA:  Roger, it’s so great to sit down with you and get the inside scoop on what you think of the library.

ROGER THE ALIEN:  Happy to be here!

K:  Tell us about where you’re from.

RTA:  I’m from a little planet called Ingalacticarioseforiouspleniaspocious.

K:  I see. How did you come to Siloam Springs?

RTA:  Well, that’s a long story involving hundreds of years of inter-galactic exploration, a

“Although I’ve done extensive space travel, it’s always best to get a local opinion of the planet you’re visiting” – Roger the Alien

few close calls with some nasty meteorites, and some really embarrassing interactions with your earthly police force. I mean, who knew I’d need a little card with my picture on it to prove that I’m me? That was a tough conversation.

K:  So it’s fair to say that Earth is quite different from Ingala- from your home planet?

RTA:  Oh yes, very different. But I love it here. Especially now that I have my summer home at the library.

K:  Yeah, how did you get involved with the Summer Reading Program?

RTA:  Most of my life has been about exploring. When I got here, I was shocked to discover that virtually nobody on earth ever leaves the planet. I know there’s been a few, but from what I understand, the vast majority stays right here.

Roger’s new love of reading inspires him to help out with the library’s summer reading program.

K:  Yeah, that’s true.

RTA:  But then I discovered books.

K:  Oh?

RTA:  Yeah, I actually had never read a book until I landed here.

K:  No way!

RTA:  Way. And then when Miss Mary, the Program Coordinator here, offered me donuts and told me we could help kids read more books, and, well, I was sold. That’s not even counting the fact that I got this awesome tshirt, a free place to live, and hundreds of─oh what do you call them─high fives! From tiny earthlings every day. I mean, I’m living the life.

K:  You know, for an alien, you seem so down to earth. Here you are talking about t-shirts and eating donuts.

RTA:  Yeah, I actually get that a lot, but you know, I’ve been around the planet a few DSC00482times, and the way I see it, there’s no reason for this “other worldly” persona that other aliens put on. We’re very adaptable creatures. I just want to fit in.

K:  And do you feel like you fit in pretty well?

RTA:  Oh yeah. I mean, especially at the library. When I put on that library shirt, I feel just like an earthling. Occasionally I get comments like, “why are his eyes so angry?” or “What’s he doing just sitting there?” But you know, a lot of people have never seen an alien, so I think people have really made me feel at home overall.

K:  Well, that’s great to hear. Is there anything you wish the good people of Siloam Springs knew about alien culture?

RTA:  Oh man, that’s a hard one. All aliens are so different. I do get a lot of comments about my eyes though. I’d just like to make sure people know that I’m not angry, it’s just how my eyes are shaped. Aliens don’t really show their emotions on their faces like people do. Aliens don’t really have emotions like people do at all, come to think of it.

Roger helps Mary, our program coordinator with the many administrative tasks involved with the summer reading program.

K:  Really? Well, you’ve certainly managed to connect to people here well.

RTA:  I appreciate that. It’s something I’ve been working on.

K:  Well, Roger, we’re so glad you’re here with us and we hope you continue to feel at home in the library and around town.

RTA:  Thanks, Kendra.

And there you have it! An exclusive interview with Roger the Alien. Stop by and give him a high five.


Upsy Daisy Day

animal-cute-livestock-227691I am currently reading a book by a man who was a shepherd for many years. One quirk about sheep (and there are many), is that they sometimes get turned over on their backs and they can’t get up. While a comical image, it’s quite serious for the sheep as they can die in a matter of days depending on the weather and other conditions. It’s not too hard for a sheep to find itself turned over either (they aren’t the most agile of creatures).

Sometimes I feel a little like those clumsy sheep. I’m surprised to find myself feeling down over sometimes small annoyances, and letting those things weigh me down. We all do it occasionally (I’m pretty sure). Even in the fun of Summer─warm weather, maybe some extra vacation time, fresher fruits and veggies─you might find yourself feeling a little glum, or a little “stuck”, like a sheep on its back.

Sometimes it helps to remember the good stuff: the things that we’re thankful for or that we have to look forward to. I don’t think positive thinking is a cure-all. There’s a time to be sad, and it’s important not to skip that. But today─if you didn’t know─is National Upsy Daisy Day, and that means we’re going to celebrate the things that make us smile. This holiday was created about 16 years ago by Stephanie West Allen to promote the power of positive thinking.

You probably wouldn’t be reading this blog if you didn’t feel at least a little positive aboutadult-book-series-college-545068 our Library. Plus, the library is one thing I know we all have in common. So, let me give you a few reasons to smile about the library this month─in honor of Upsy Daisy Day.

Book Clubs. New friends, new books, and…snacks. What’s not to love? If summer opens some space in your schedule, think about popping into one of our book clubs for adults. One meets this Monday, June 10th at 7:00p.m. (reading Hidden Figures), and the other meets on Tuesday, June 18th at 11:00 a.m. They’ll be reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle.

The Institute of Jugglolgy. Just the name makes me smile a little bit. This is our next family summer reading program coming Tuesday, June 18th at 11:00 a.m. Then, the following Tuesday, enjoy a program by the Northwest Arkansas Ballet Theater!

cinema-food-movie-theater-33129Monday Movies. If you were to take your family of four to the movies on a Monday afternoon, you’d easily spend over $30. If you got popcorn and a drink for each family member, you’d easily spend over $50. You can keep your $50 and take your family out for a movie (with popcorn and drinks). Our 2:00 Monday movie line up beginning June 10th is “Treasure Planet,” “Wall-E,” and “Monsters vs. Aliens.”

Summer Reading. I know I just told you about summer reading last post, but it really is one of the coolest things about summertime at the library. Help motivate your kids to read by keeping track of their reading time, and we’ll do the rest by providing prizes and encouragement along the way. It’s not too late to sign up!

Our New Backyard. I know this isn’t technically a part of the library, but have you seen Memorial Park right outside our doors? The Farmer’s Market had its first day in the park today, kids played in the water feature, and the green space invited walkers and readers to enjoy the paths and benches. In my book, it’s just another reason to love coming to the Library.

Hope you’ve been cheered, and happy Upsy Daisy Day!

Till next time,


Summer Reading 2019

black-and-white-child-education-256548“It’s Pete the Cat!” a little boy says enthusiastically, holding Pete the Cat and the New Guy.

“Look at this page!” I crouch down to see the specified page while his mom signs him up for our Summer Reading Program. A few minutes later, another parent walks up with a young reader.

“What book will you read first?” I ask the aspiring summer reading participant. His face lights up.

“A book about dinosaurs!”

This was yesterday, our first day to sign up for our “Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Program. Most of our students were pushing through their last day of school yesterday, so today has brought in many more enthusiastic readers. In a few weeks, our file box will be fat with registration forms from 3-year-olds to high schoolers.

You might remember last Spring when we talked about the learning “gap” that occurs foralphabet-close-up-communication-256417 many students over the summer when school is not in session. We also looked at some research that supports Summer Reading Programs as part of the solution to the gap (read that post here). The short story is, a lot of students regress academically, instead of maintaining or progressing. So, Summer reading isn’t just fun and games, it can actually be an academic game changer!

Here’s how it works: for every 3 hours of reading, your child gets a special prize (up to one prize a week). They can read any book, or listen to a book read aloud. We’ll provide a themed reading log so you can keep track. PLUS, we’ve got a calendar full of events for babies through teenagers. I’m especially excited about our Tuesday-morning family programs, with guest presenters from places like the Amazeum and the Northwest Arkansas Ballet Theater.

action-astronomy-constellation-1274260 (1)You can sign up for Summer Reading any time before July 6th, but our big kick off party will be Saturday, June 1st at 11:00 a.m. The kickoff includes a performance by Activated Story Theater, a touring theater group that combines comedy, story-telling, music and even sign language into a show that’s sure to entertain and encourage readers. We’ve even got room for 12 kids to participate in the show (talk to us at the Reference desk if you’re interested! First come first serve).

And Summer Reading isn’t just for kids. For every book you read as an adult, you can enter your name in a drawing to win a prize. Not to mention our ongoing Adult Reading Challenge (sign up at the front desk)!

There’s a universe of stories out there! Let’s launch into a summer of reading!

Till next time,


Mother’s Day Stories

blossom-caffeine-card-2072170Different thoughts come to mind for everyone when they think about their mother. This weekend I am thinking about the energy my mom brought to our house growing up. It was an energy that I was only aware of in its absence: those rare times she was sick with a cold, or gone on a trip. I remember upbeat music playing from a clunky tape player on the kitchen counter. Our 100-pound black lab waiting patiently under a pull-out cutting board for errant veggies or (hopefully) meat. The oven radiating, the mixer whirring, the chopper chopping. She gave us hugs and long talks and read-aloud stories. She brought a strong energy, but quiet and unobtrusive. Like a heartbeat.

I was fortunate to have my mother’s life-giving energy in our home. Everyone has a different story with their mothers. Some of them are full of joy and nurture and good memories. Some bring up pain and loss. Most stories bring up both all mixed together. It’s tough to have one Hallmark-saturated day to try and honor the diverse stories attached to mothers.

Mother’s Day itself has quite a story. Julia Ward Howe (who wrote the famous “Battle active-close-up-color-1322968Hymn of the Republic”) called on women to promote peace after the Civil War with her Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870. It appealed to women’s compassion and love for their children, asking them to help end war.  

Even before Howe’s proclamation, the seeds of Mother’s Day were being sown by Ann Reeves Jarvis. Jarvis worked hard mobilizing women to help care for Confederate and Union soldiers during the Civil War and to promote reconciliation after the war. She also helped educate mothers and create better health conditions. In 1908, her daughter Anna Reeves Jarvis honored her mother’s legacy with carnations and a memorial in Grafton, West Virginia.

bloom-blossom-flora-1858213In 1914 Mother’s Day became official when President Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday. It didn’t take long for businesses to capitalize on the celebration, turning it into a reason to buy something special for mothers. Anna Jarvis was appalled by this detour from her original vision for Mother’s Day: to empower mothers to influence the world for good and to honor their impact in personal and meaningful ways. Although she fought hard to make Mother’s Day a national holiday, she also fought hard to abolish it when it seemed overshadowed by commercialism.

Even though Mother’s Day as we know it has strayed from Anna Jarvis’ original vision, the idea of honoring our mothers still rings true. No matter what your Mother’s Day story brings, the effort to mobilize the great power of motherhood to promote the greater good is a worthy investment any day of the year.

Till next time,


P.S. Thanks to the following websites for providing the historical info for this blog:  &

Meet Jessica

50314620_2404613472884601_4357310262424895488_nTime to meet another one of our fabulous library staff! Born in Springdale, Arkansas, Jessica moved around Northwest Arkansas several times before settling in Siloam Springs as a second-grader. She is the middle of seven children, so not much fazes her. Jessica is funny, easy-going and smart. She loves children and is the mother of an adorable 6-month old named Greyson.

Jessica is one of those rare people who doesn’t try to be someone she isn’t to impress people. She’s values and respects authenticity in other people too. This carries over into the realm of ideas as well. Jessica wants to know the real story, and doesn’t settle for shallow answers. Maybe this is part of why she is such a voracious reader. As a second grader, she was reading books meant for pre-teens and teenagers. She can’t point to any one person who instilled this hunger for books in her. It seems to be hardwired into her DNA.

Wherever her love of books came from, it certainly is a gift to our library! Jessica heard about an open library position through some friends who love the library (and love Jessica). They encouraged her to apply, and she did. Since then, Jessica has kept us smiling with her quirky taste in earrings (just ask Leah, our Young Adult Librarian), her dry sense of humor, and her care for other people.

Here’s a few fun facts:

Favorite Meal: Box Mac n’ cheese48971537_10218649121398770_7111590665280028672_n (1)

Favorite Quote: “I’m surrounded by idiots” – Benedict Cumberbatch (as Sherlock Holmes)

Ideal Saturday: Spend the day with Grey.

Favorite Color: Black

Last book read: Two can keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

Hidden talents: cake decorating, touching my tongue to my nose.

If you could only read one book for the rest of your life it would be: Sherlock Holmes

If you could have lunch with any famous person it would be: Benedict Cumberbatch

Favorite TV show: Love it or List it

Of course, it’s impossible to get to know someone just from a quick interview. But these profiles are meant to give you an idea of the kind of unique, gifted and caring people who are your library staff.  

Till next time!


Rediscovering Fantasy

beautiful-blur-bright-326055I used to enjoy fantasy, and then, I’m not sure what happened. Maybe it was too many textbooks to read in college. Maybe it was getting too practical and thinking I had more important things to do. But, whatever the reason, I left fantasy on the shelf.

This month, I decided to read a Newberry Medal winning book. The Newberry Medal was created in 1922 to honor and promote quality children’s literature. The award is given by the American Library Association, specifically the Association for Library Service to Children, which includes children’s librarians from schools and libraries.

Incidentally, a Newberry Medal winner is a category on our Adult Reaching Challenge. 51Ny5dIMUKL._SX333_BO1,204,203,200_Since the challenge is meant to expand participants’ reading palates, I felt that a young adult fantasy novel would certainly expand mine. The book title that caught my eye was The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnill─a high fantasy novel.

The book draws you in quickly with an abandoned baby, a benevolent witch, and a whole village lost in fog of sorrow. Each year, a baby must be sacrificed, to save the village. Or so the story goes.

Luna is the helpless baby left in the woods to die for her people. But when Xan, the witch who carries her away, accidentally feeds the baby moonlight, she changes Luna’s destiny─and the destiny of Luna’s village─forever. The struggle escalates between good and evil, truth and deception, sorrow and hope.

I was especially struck with the theme of narratives and who controls them. The people inside the village (where babies are sacrificed) and the people outside this village, each have a distinct understanding of the world. Their respective understandings are informed by the stories that both groups believe and pass on to their children. Ethyne is a villager who fights for freedom and realizes the power of the stories we hear:

“A story can tell the truth, she knew, but a story can also lie. Stories can bend and twist and obfuscate. Controlling stories is power indeed. And who would benefit most from such a power?” (pg. 309)

adult-beautiful-blue-color-281279It’s a timely reflection for our own times. What stories do we retell over and over that we never examine? What do we believe about people or events just because someone told us? I’m not talking about being cynical or questioning everything, but just about being receptive to the truth. For example, the Morning Book Club this month is exploring some of the narratives we rehearse about race by reading Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy. Stevenson’s story is no fantasy, but fantasy may give us permission to think about real stories in a new way.

Whether it’s book club, the reading challenge, or listening to an audiobook on your commute, I hope you’ll discover content that challenges your thinking and inspires your imagination.

Happy reading,


Spring Hacks from the Library

flora-flowers-garden-102896The Library is brimming with resources for every season. Spring is in the air, and we have a smattering of Spring-related tips, how-tos and ideas on our shelves just waiting to come to life. Take a moment and smell these book-flowers!

Spring Cleaning

Cleaning by Real Simple will help you put together your supplies and tackle every surface and room in your house. This is a great overview of cleaning guidelines and insights. Find it in Nonfiction 648.5 Sq5.

How to Clean Practically Anything by Consumer Reports. The Spring sunshine is ready to pour into your living room, but, what’s that? The windows are full of grime from a long winter. Gross! But never fear, a quick and nontoxic solution will make those windows sparkle. Consumer Reports recommends a solution of 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 1 quart of water. You can also try half vinegar half water (203). alone-cabinets-chores-1321730Nonfiction 648.5 C76

Green This: Greening Your Cleaning by Deirdre Imus

Nothing says fresh like fresh clean laundry. But maybe someone in your house is allergic to dryer sheets or scented detergents. Deirdre Imus, in her book Green This!, Suggests tossing in half a lemon’s worth of juice into your washing machine as an alternative odor-remover (75).

One thing that really makes a difference in the bathroom are clean drains. Try this drain cleaning hack from Green This!: mix together a little baking soda, salt and lemon juice to form a paste. Cover your drain and surrounding area with the paste and let sit for an hour─or all day if you want! Rinse it off when you’re ready and bingo! Clean drain with no toxic chemicals. The spring air just got a little fresher, my friends (91). Nonfiction 648.5 Im9

allergies-allergy-cold-41284Spring allergies:

Giant Book of Kitchen Counter Cures by Karen Cicero and Colleen Pierre

Allergies are one of the worst parts of Spring. You probably know that what makes allergies so unbearable is a little compound called histamine. Well, it just so happens that something called quercetin encourages our bodies to stop making histamine. Where to get quercetin? Blackberries. Who knew? But this juicy fruit isn’t just a yummy snack anymore. And the included recipe for Blackberry-peach crisp looks berry, berry delicious!! (66-67) Find it in nonfiction 613.2 C48.

The Allergy Bible by Reader’s Digest

You can guess this is a hefty but readable resource about allergies of all kinds. There is a part specifically on hayfever with a list of symptoms and treatment ideas. Find it in nonfiction 661.9 G14

Spring Gardening

Grow It Cook it edited by Deborah Lock

This colorful book shows kids the basics of gardening and cooking! From how to agriculture-close-up-cultivation-1002703plant a seed to how to make chocolate mint mousse, this book is sure to inspire both outdoors and in! Find it on the shelf in the juvenile section 635 L78.

Gardening Lab for Kids by Renata Fossen Brown gives you 52 gardening experiments to try at home. There’s also great gardening tips for the novice adult gardener too! Find it in the juvenile section 635 B81.

Spring Fever:

Poetry Let’s face it, there’s something about trees budding, seeds sprouting, and warm breezes blowing that makes us want to join in the fun. Poetry is a beautiful way to celebrate spring. April is national poetry month. Perhaps you’ll want to soak in some Emily Dickinson, whose nature poems might just bring words to some of your pent-up enthusiasm about Spring:

animal-bird-erithacus-rubecula-46166The robin is the one

That interrupts the morn

With hurried, few, express reports

When March is scarcely on

(Dickinson from “Nature” IV, pg 78. The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson 811.4 D56).

Or you might chuckle at Robert Frost’s “A Girl’s Garden,” which spins the tale of a young girl and her garden. One verse notes:

Her crop was a miscellany

When all was said and done,

A little bit of everything,

A great deal of none (Frost 134 811.5 F92).

Or, why not write a poem of your own? Find a sunny spot and sit down with a notebook and pen. Write whatever comes to mind about what you see.

Library Activities

We have plenty of activities to help you let out your Spring energy right here at theart-art-materials-brush-207666 library. For example, did you know that the children’s room has a bulletin board every month with a different activity? You can do the activity at the Library, or take it home. This month you can make a whimsical cloud mobile.

Maybe you need some chill time as an adult. We’re hosting our second annual “Coffee and Coloring” event On Friday, April 5th. Drop by anytime between 6:00-8:00 p.m. and enjoy some coffee and tasty treats. We’ll also have our regular story times, movie matinees, young adult programs and more! Check out our website for all the details.

Spring is here and we hope you’ll continue to enjoy all the Library has to offer: from house cleaning tips, to inspirational poetry, to coffee and coloring and─of course─books!!

Till next time,


Still on the Hill

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Photo credit: Still on the Hill

What does top notch folk music, a historic Arkansas town, and a limberjack puppet all have in common? They’re all elements of a special concert coming March 22 to your Library! This is a stellar opportunity to hear some award-winning musicians, while learning more about the history of our state. All this comes from Kelly and Donna Mulhollan and their band “Still on the Hill.”

Still on the Hill is a folk band that has worked hard to advocate for and protect the traditions and natural resources of Arkansas. They’ve even been awarded the Governors Folklife Award for their achievements. You might know them from one of the many music festivals they have appeared at such as the Philadelphia Folk Festival or The Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival. You might also know them from December 20th, declared “Still on the Hill Day” by the Mayor of Fayetteville. They’ve also released records in the U.S. and Europe.

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Cane Hill College (Photo credit: Still on the Hill)


Their most recent Ozark offering celebrates the city of Cane Hill. I’ll be honest and say I had no idea Cane Hill was even a city in Arkansas. Turns out, this city is the site of one of the first colleges in the whole state. Not only that, but it was home to the first college to include women, the first public school, first library, and first Sunday School. It’s also home to a historic mill and is a Civil War battle site.

As a part of the effort to preserve and celebrate Cane Hill’s rich history, Still on the Hill was given a grant to present a collection of songs all about Cane Hill. That grant now allows them to bring their songs to us at the Library for free! Join us Friday, March 22 from 7-8:30 p.m. You’ll also have the opportunity to get a free CD while supplies last.

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Photo credit: Still on the Hill

And y’all, this isn’t just about some good folk music (although, there’s that), this is also about getting to see traditional, handmade, ozark instruments. And while you’re getting excited about instruments, get excited about a picture quilt to go with each song. AND, limberjack puppets. You heard me. Limberjack. On top of all this, the show is built for the whole family. So pile the kids in the van for family night out, enjoy the show as an after-dinner-date, or, heck, come all by your onesies and treat yourself!

Till next time!



Thanks to these helpful websites who informed this blog:

Read Across America

Celebrate Read Across America with Pete the Cat and your favorite librarians.

If you come into the Library this week, you might think your library staff seem extra groovy. That’s because we’ll be celebrating Read Across America by dressing up like Pete the Cat books! If you haven’t had a chance to read any of James Dean’s cool cat books, I’ll introduce you in a second. First, you should know that Read Across America comes from the National Education Association, and its purpose is to create hype around reading─kind of like our culture naturally does for the next big movie, the current fashion trends, or an upcoming sporting event. If kids were excited about reading, imagine the results! More kids reading means stronger students today, and more successful adults tomorrow.

So, yeah, we’re gonna rock out in Pete the Cat attire, and we hope you’ll join us!

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Pete the Cat is a character dreamed up by James Dean. Pete is a lovable, quirky and independent cat who gets through life’s bumps with a sense of style, optimism and, above all, an appreciation for everyone in his neighborhood─no matter how different, grumpy, or toothless they might be.

Do you want to dress up with us?? Here’s our wardrobe picks for Read Across America Week:Pete the cat snow daze

Monday, March 4th: Snow Daze

Don your favorite hats, sweaters, scarves and earmuffs! Pete the Cat enjoys a snow day, but when the snow keeps falling, he starts to miss his pals and his teacher at school.

“I love snow days,’ says Pete. ‘But I love school best!”

Pete the cat and the lost toothTuesday, March 5th: Pete the Cat and the Lost Tooth

Dig up those fairy wings from Halloween and get ready to be a tooth fairy with Pete! Generally, glitter, tooth t-shirts, flying capes, etc. are encouraged. Pete the Cat gets an adventure when the Tooth Fairy’s busy night calls for some volunteer help. When Pete encounters a friend with no teeth, he decides to find a way to still include him in the fun. This whimsical story concludes:

Not everyone is the same. But being kind is always cool.

Wednesday, March 6th: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttonspete the cat and four groovy buttons

You might find us with yellow t-shirts and big, felt buttons. Today is really about any kind of button, though, so be creative! In this tale, Pete sings a song all about his four groovy buttons. One by one, the buttons POP! We learn subtraction, but also an important lesson about material things:

…stuff will come and stuff will go. But do we cry? Goodness NO! We keep on singing.

pete the cat and magic sunglassesThursday, March 7th: Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses

You guessed it! Find the craziest sunglasses you own and wear ‘em proud! Pete the Cat discovers a magic pair of sunglasses that seem to make everyone’s day get better. Wise Old Owl helps him see that the magic is all about perspective:

“Pete, you don’t need magic sunglasses to see things in a new way. Just remember to look for the good in every day.”

Friday, March 8th: Favorite Pete the Cat book of your choice

I haven’t even gotten to tell you about Pete’s new neighbor, Gus (spoiler: he’s a platypus), or why Valentine’s day is cool, or well, I’ll let YOU discover more Pete the Cat for yourself!

This week is all about getting excited to read. Check out Pete the Cat, dress up with us, and most important: check out a book and have fun reading!

Till next time,