I haven’t had a chance yet to blog about an amazing online workshop that I participated in that was taught by Deanna McCasland…but this mini session with my kids was inspired by her work and her willingness to pull out “the big camera” even in public places like the library and the grocery store. Seriously she has the most amazing photos of her kids in Target. Last weekend the girls and I spent about an hour at the Portage Public Library…Leah immediately goes to pick out books so she can then go play the Dora game on the computers. We have a nice collection of Dora books and Frog and Toad books in her pile…along with a purple folder full of early reader books. I love how our library has these folders of leveled books…they have suggested grade levels as well as a numbered level system. Leah is currently reading the Kindergarten level books. Hannah explores a little more before choosing. She chose some Nate the Greats, Barbie chapter books (who knew they made those?), Ivy and Bean, Cam Jansen and some others. I believe we checked out over 20 books when it was all said and done. After choosing her books, Hannah plopped down in the vibrant purple chairs and began to read her books. Our trip to the library ended with the girls checking out their own books. Who doesn’t love the beep of checking out books?
I am tempted to take them some other time to the Kalamazoo Public Library. The Portage Library lacks in beautiful natural light in the children’s section. The Kalamazoo library has tons of windows in their kids’ section.