Darrington Library Blog

Friday, April 30, 2010

Sir Cumference Math Adventures


Back in the time of kings, knights and castles, Sir Cumference and his family encountered many problems. They had to use their wit and wisdom to survive the hardships of life in the land of Camelot. It was imperative to study problems from every angle. To miscalculate could mean failure. Join Sir Cumferance, his wife Lady Di of Ameter, and their son, Radius as they solve the mysteries that confront them. Try Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi; a math adventure; Sir Cumference and the First Round Table; Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland; Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter; Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone. The author of these wonderful adventures is Cindy Neuschwander.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Musicals for Everyone

Library staff members have excellent sources to learn about those hot items that just have to be seen or read. The best source by far has proven to be Sno-Isle’s own customers.

One customer recently raved about the musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She claimed she watched it a number of times before returning the item. I decided to give it a try. Before I got the item checked out, someone else saw it and wanted it. I checked it out to the customer then put the item on hold and forgot about it. Eventually Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat arrived. I didn’t know what to expect when I put it in the dvd player but before the weekend was over, I had watched it four times and my spouse watched it twice!

There are many good musicals in the Sno-Isle Library collection. Elvis fans can find King Creole and Blue Hawaii. John Travolta and Olivia Newton John brought the musical, Grease, to the top of the charts. Don’t forget The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews. Add Once Upon a Mattress and Paint Your Wagon for another enjoyable musical evening at home. Try these musicals from our collection and give a review. Suggest a few of your favorite musicals so others can share your experience.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Spring Sprouts Babies

Babies, babies, everywhere! Even before the weather turns balmy, it seems like everywhere you turn there is another new life sharing our world. Baby bird, baby bunny, bundled baby in a backpack, baby in the library.
Each Monday in April at 11:30 am the Darrington library offers babies and their favorite adults an opportunity to go gah gah over books.
As a lifelong observer of babies, I have often thought that a fussy baby is simply a misunderstood baby. To understand the needs of a baby, we learn to decode what baby is trying to communicate or teach baby a new way to communicate with us. American Sign Language is becoming a second language for many families with preschool children. Infants can learn to do simple sign far earlier than they can master verbal skills. A good book by Andrea Fixell and Ted Stafford is Baby Signing: How to Talk With Your Baby in American Sign Language.

Things I Like About Getting Old

Seeing my mother’s reflection when I look in the mirror
Sleeping until I want to get up
Having the grandchildren come to visit
Saying goodbye to the grandchildren and sending them home
Knowing what I like to eat
Not noticing when the teens in the library are getting a little boisterous because my hearing is going, going, gone

Staying home on Friday night
Playing my preferred music in the car and not having to change the channel for anyone
Looking good in the color gray because it matches my hair
Going to bed before dark
Knowing the lyrics to all the Beatle’s music
Knowing how to count back change
Knowing how to make biscuits and gravy from scratch without a recipe
Eating biscuits and gravy with no feelings of guilt
Being amazed when a toddler has better computer skills than me