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Discovering the World Through Literature

imageI’m taking part in the weekly Slice of Life Challenge sponsored by  Two Writing Teachers, where teachers write and share each Tuesday. Join in yourself or head over to check out what’s happening with other slicers. If you’re taking part in the SOL, leave a link to your post. I’d love to read it.

Charleston, South Carolina, offers so many things to see and do–Rainbow Row, stately plantations, history and art museums, Fort Sumter, mouth-watering food, the Angel Oak, ghost tours.  My family and I tried to do it all the week we spent there on vacation, but what was on the top of my daughter’s list of things to see?  Battery Park.

Really?  I couldn’t figure out why she was so adamant about visiting Battery Park.  Yes, it’s filled with lovely live oaks draped with Spanish moss and overlooks sailboats gliding across the harbor, but it’s a park.  Then as we drove past on a bus tour and glanced the gazebo, it hit me.

“You want to see the place where Piper, Hazel, and Annabeth had tea with Aphrodite in Rick Riordan’s The Mark of Athena.”

She grinned in response.  It seems I wasn’t the only one who was touring Charleston with a book in mind.  We saw several sites connected with The Mark of Athena in addition to the gazebo at the Battery.  No monsters were fighting within the walls of Fort Sumter, but I could picture them there.  We even saw a model of the USS Hunley outside the Charleston Museum (where Jason, Frank, and Leo went while the girls had tea with Aphrodite).  The original Hunley has been recovered from the bottom of the ocean, but it is still undergoing restoration.

While my daughter saw monsters and demigods lurking just out of sight among Charleston’s landmarks, I glimpsed scenes from the pages of another series:  Virals and Seizure by Kathy Reichs.  The ferry to Fort Sumter took us by the lighthouse on Sullivan Island, the sight of an important discovery in Virals.  We drove past the Karpeles Manuscript Library, where the pack researches the secret behind Anne Bonny’s treasure.   We even took our best tour of the city–Alphonso Brown’s Gullah Tours–because I wanted to learn more about the Gullah language and culture from first reading about them in these books.

Charleston is not the only place I wanted to visit based on literary inspiration.  I could vacation for years to come visiting places I first read about.  Here are my top destinations.

  • Prince Edward Island:  L.M. Montgomery first took me to Prince Edward Island where I discovered the village of Avonlea and the House of Green Gables and the Lake of Shining Waters.  I dream of visiting this island for myself one day.
  • England:  One of my English professors (Dr. Knight with Romantic Poetry) at Meredith College made us promise to one day hike the Lake District with Wordsworth’s journal in hand.  I haven’t made it to England yet, but when I do, I will spend a day or two tramping through the fields and watching the daffodils.  While I’m in England, I want to visit Canterbury Cathedral (Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales), the Globe Theater and Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare, of course), Paddington Square (my daugther has a Paddington Bear from the station), and Platform 9 and 3/4 at Kings Cross Station (Harry Potter)l.  If I could find my way to Hogwarts or Diagon Alley, I’d visit there, too. I suspect my trip to England will need a lengthy stay to include a jaunt to Wales and Stonehenge (Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising series).
  • Pioneer Tour:  I travelled across the prairie in a covered wagon with Laura, Mary, Carrie, Ma, and Pa in the Little House books.  I’ll need a whole tour to recapture those pages.  I can start in DeSmet, South Dakota, and visit the homes and school that are found in By the Shores of Silver Lake.  Then I’ll have to drop down to Mansfield, Missouri, to visit the home of Laura, Alphonso, and Rose–and where Laura wrote the Little House books.  Somewhere on this trip, I’ll have to camp on a covered wagon trip.

What are the literary trips you would like to make?

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? Is a meme sponsored by Sheila at Book Journey.  Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Menor Texts gave the meme a kidlit twist.  It’s a great way to reflect on what you’ve read and reviewed the last week and plan what you want to read next.  Join up with us and discover what good books other people are reading.

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I’ve missed a few weeks due to a fabulous vacation in Charleston, SC.  The books I have read this summer reflect the changes I am making in my life this year.  For the first time in fifteen years I will not be going back to school.  I resigned my teaching position over the summer to pursue freelance writing.  I am excited to see where this new path will take me.  Even though I am not teaching, I will continue to share my passion for reading and literature with my blog.  Here are my books from the past several weeks.

I finished…

id tell you i love youI’d Tell You I’d Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter – I absolutely loved listening to the audio from SYNC YA.  I know I ran more during the month of July just so I could listen to it.  In addition to taking place at a super cool spy school, I loved how Cammie and her friends put their spy skills to use cracking the biggest mystery of them all–boys.  Yes, Cammie uses all she has learned about sneaking in and out of schoo and creating a cover to go out with one of the boys in the local town. My daughter tells me that the series gets progressively darker and more dangerous as it goes on, but this first one was just plain fun!

getting started as a freelance writerGetting Started As a Freelance Writer by Robert Bly – Not only does Bly cover the writing basics, but he includes a wealth of information and tips for handling the business side of writing.  This was a good beginning in my crash course on starting a freelance writing business.  He focuses much more on copywriting for businesses.  I’m not sure if this is the direction I want to pursue with my writing, but copywriting is something to consider.

renegade writerThe Renegade Writer:  A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success by Linda Formicelli and Diana Burrell – These two writers write primarily for magazines, and this is the direction I want to go.  They generously share from their experiences writing for a variety of magazines.

missing microbesMissing Microbes by Martin J. Blaser – I pointed this book out to my daughter (who is interested in all things science and chemistry) while we were waiting in line to check out books.  I ended up reading it instead of her.  Can I just say that I never knew microbes could be so fascinating?

princess labelmakerPrincess Labelmaker to the Rescue by Tom Angleberger – Angleberger strikes again with spot on middle school humor.  This time the Force needs help to finally stop the evils of Fun Time.  The help they need comes from quite an unexpected source.  This conclusion to the Origami Yoda series is packed with middle school drama, humor, and doodlings.  As a middle school teacher, I saw first hand the damage that a focus on standardized test scores can inflict on students, teachers, and administrators.  Thank you, Tom Angleberger, for getting the word out.  Now how can we make sure that every legislator and school reformer gets a copy?

9780679748311_p0_v2_s260x420Fidelity:  Five Stories by Wendell Berry – I fell in love with the places and people of Port William, KY, that Berry created in these stories.  Reading each story was like taking a leisurely walk through the woods and fields.

I’m currently reading….

les-miserablesLes Mis by Victor Hugo – I keep reading a little bit at a time.  I love having the Kindle app on my phone to pull it out whenver I have a few minutes waiting.  I’m now over 60% of the way through, and Marius is on the verge of reuniting with the girl of his dreams.  Meanwhile, Cosette’s “father,” Jean Valjean, has no idea how to handle “his” little girl growing up and falling in love.

code name verityCode Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – I read this book earlier, but when I saw that this title was included in SYNC YA’s download schedule this summer, I couldn’t wait to listen to it.  I have heard such good things about the audio.  It is not disappointing.  I love listening to a book I’ve already read.  I find that it is such a different experience and I come away with so much more from the book.

handbook of magazine article writingHandbook of Magazine Article Writing edited by Michelle Ruberg – This is another book in my crash course on freelance writing.  So far I’m findling lots of practical advice.

The Step by Step Guide to Freelance Writing Success by Carol Tice and Laura Spencer – This is exactly what the title says–steps to take to get started.  I’m off and running with a few action steps each day.

praying in colorPraying in Color:  Drawing a New Path to God by Sybil MacBeth – My college roommate gave this book to my daughter for Christmas, and I snagged it from her room (with her permission!).  I am enjoying learning about this creative way to pray.

Coming up…

how to write successful fundraising appealsHow to Write Successful Fundraising Appeals by Mal Warwick – It’s another book in my crash course (almost all of them from my local library).  The copywriting I am most interested in doing is for not-for-profits.  Having worked for both secular and religious not-for-profits, I know fundraising is a fact of life for them.  I like the idea of using my writing to help causes I support, too.

July Books Read

July has been an interesting read.  In addition to reading different books than my usual fare, I vacationed in Charleston, SC, with my family.  It was hard not to star every title as one of my favorites this month.

93) *The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling – brilliant, funny, and heartbreaking

94) *The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner – haunting and lovely

95) *Missing Microbes by Martin J. Blaser – I pointed out this book to my daughter while we were waiting in line to check out books at the library.  She grabbed it to add to our stack, but I ended up reading it.  Who know microbes could be so fascinating?

96) Getting Started as a Freelance Writer by Bob Bly – I learned much from this one, and am still learning thanks to the resources shared in the end.  There is solid information on both the writing and business aspects of freelance writing.

97) The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell – Packed with information and humor, this guide shows wanna-be writers like me how to get started and persevere.

98) *Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue by Tom Angleberger – I loved this conclusion to the Origami Yoda series.  Help for the rebels comes from an unexpected source as they fight the evils of standardized testing.

99)  *I’d Tell You I’d Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter – My daughter has been begging me to read this series for years. Once Sync YA offered it as a free download earlier this summer, I put it on my iPod.  I probably ran more in the month of July just so I could listen to it.  I loved how Cammie and her friends put their super spy skills to use solving the biggest mystery of all time–boys.  The humor was spot on.

100) Fidelity:  Five Stories by Wendell Berry – I was not familiar with Berry’s fiction until my former pastor brought this by to share with me.  I fell in love with the people and place of Port William.  I took a long time to finish this one because I wanted to savor each story and not rush to the next one.

What were your favorite reads for July?  What are you looking forward to reading in August?

The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner

Poliser_SummerLettingGo_jkt_website_207_1Gae Polisner’s The Summer of Letting Go (Algonquin 2014) will haunt me in all the best ways long after I turn the last page.  If you are looking for THE book to take to the beach or to the pool with you this summer, this is it.  Even if you are nowhere near a beach or pool, this hopeful, heartbreaking story will transport you there.

Francesca (known as Frankie) Schnell has been stuck in her life ever since she let her little brother SImon drown four years ago.  Now that she is about to turn sixteen, things are changing whether she wants them to or not.  Her best friend Lisette is dating Bradley, the boy Francesca likes.  Then another Frankie–Frankie Sky–shows up and cracks open questions that Francesca may never be able to answer.

One of the things I love about this book is the questions that it raises.  What is Frankie Sky’s connection to Simon?  What happens after we die?  There are more than enough coincidences to make Francesca–and readers–wonder, but the questions linger instead of being neatly answered.  It is in the asking and living of the questions that Francesca begins to live again and to let go of the guilt that plagues her.

How can you not love characters that live in these pages?  I love Francesca’s awkwardness and confusion and courage.  She’s not perfect, but she is willing to step up and do the hard things.  Frankie Sky is a whirlwind of energy and mystery–a four-year-old that is wise and stubborn beyond his years even when he tries to fly.  It is definitely Francesca’s story, but I love the supporting characters just as much, from the mysterious neighbor Mrs. Merrill to the struggling Mrs. Schyler.  Even the parents come across as real people–a welcome presence in a YA novel.  Oh yes, there just might be even a little romance.

Now I hope I can talk my daughter into reading it, but I may have ruined my chances by raving too much about it.

Rain at the Fair

I’m taking part in the weekly Slice of Life Challenge sponsored by  Two Writing Teachers, where teachers write and share each Tuesday. Join in yourself or head over to check out what’s happening with other slicers. If you’re taking part in the SOL, leave a link to your post. I’d love to read it.

I jumped into Teachers Write yesterday.  Jo Knowles invited us to reflect on finding beauty in our writing with her Monday Morning Warmup.  I’m still thinking about that one.  I suspect her words and ideas will resonate for a long time.  I’ve not written directly about her invitation, but thoughts of it are underlying my writing this week and beyond.

Kate Messner provided a powerful minilesson on adding a deeper layer of sensory details.  This is something I know.  It is something I taught my students again and again through the year.  But it is still something that blows me away with its power and simplicity when I remember to do it myself.

I started out sitting on my back porch and writing about what a haven that space has become for me this summer.  I completed a quick description and brainstormed more details.  Before I could incorporate those details into a revised draft, I got interrupted.  I haven’t gone back to that piece yet, but last night at the county fair a rainstorm kept us trapped in one of the buildings.  Here’s my writing from the fair.

First draft:

Not even a thunderstorm can keep people away from the first full night of the fair.  Lightning cracks and thunder booms.  Rain splatters and blows across dirt, gravel, and pavement.  People crowd into the wildlife building to escape the downpour.  Conversations swell around me.  A stroller parks infront of me, green and yellow ballons tied to the handles.  Children skip across the concrete floor, stop and point at the taxidermied critters behind the fence.  Empty wasp nests dangle from the ceiling.

More details focusing on each sense:

  • Sight:  bright green fake grass, wood paneling. bags, rulers, and t-shirts advertising the local hospital and political candidates
  • Sounds:  patter of rain, laughter, shrieks, country/bluegrass music
  • Smells:  buttery popcorn, deep fried poptarts and pickles and Twinkies, sweat and swam from the turtle tank behind me
  • Touch:  smooth hard bench, cool pricks of rain blowing in

Revised version:

Not even a thunderstorm can keep people away from the first full night of the fair.  As lightning cracks and thunder roars, rain splatters across the gravel and pavement between the buildings.  I sit on a hard wooden bench in the wildlife building.  Cool pricks of rain blow against my arm as people crowd in to escape the downpour.  Conversations swell around me.  A lawyer running for prosecutor greets adults as the walk by.  Children laugh and shriek as their feet splash through puddles.  They stop and point at the taxidermied animals posed between a fence and paneled walls.  A beaver, badger, mallard, otter, skunk, snapping turtle, raccoon, and deer stand motionless on a bright green carpet of artificial turf.  A stroller parks in front of me with green and yellow ballons tied to the handles.  A little girl with the straps of her tank top falling down clutches a bag of buttery popcorn and twirls away from her mom’s outstretched arms.  The rain lets up as quickly as it began.  The building empties out and we follow the smell of deep fried pickles out into the rest of the fair.

Now I’m off to try this morning’s quick write!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? Is a meme sponsored by Sheila at Book Journey.  Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Menor Texts gave the meme a kidlit twist.  It’s a great way to reflect on what you’ve read and reviewed the last week and plan what you want to read next.  Join up with us and discover what good books other people are reading.

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After the flurry of completing 4-H projects last week, we are ready to celebrate at our county fair this week.  I don’t submit any entries for the fair, but I sure am proud of the sewing my daughter has done this year.  Last week was a better reading week.

I finished…

casual vacancyThe Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling – You can read my review by clicking on the title.  (Yes, I am finally getting back to writing book reviews on my blog.)  I was blown away by its humor and tragedy and human frailty.  It was filled with characters I won’t soon forget.

imageW.A.R.P. The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer – I hope to write a review of this one soon, but I enjoyed this audio book.  There were so many twists and turns at the end that I got dizzy.  I’m looking forward to Chevron’s next adventure.

summer of letting goThe Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner – I finished this heart-breaking, hope-inspiring book Sunday afternoon.  It is the perfect summer read, portraying a summer filled with hope, loss, change, and love.  I hope to write a review of it as well this week.

I’m currently reading…

les-miserablesLes Miserables by Victor Hugo – I managed to read a few more chapters and get back to Jean Valjean and Cosette.  They are my favorite parts of the story.

id tell you i love youI’d Tell You I’d Love You But I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter – My daughter has raved about this series for years, and now that I was able to download it from SYNC YA earlier this summer, I’m finally getting around to reading it.  Can I just say, I want to go t spy school.

Coming up…

I will be starting Teachers Write this week (hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor TextsKate Messner, Gae Polisner, Jo Knowles and an amazing cast of authors), so I will be doing lots of writing in addition to catching up on book reviews.  I’m heading to the library tomorrow to pick up these two books:

  • Getting Started As a Freelance Writer by Robert Bly
  • The Renegade Writer:  A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success by Linda Formicelli and Diana Burrell

What are you reading this week?

Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling

casual vacancyI’ve been a fan of the Harry Potter series ever since my first year of teaching when a student presented a book report on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  I stood in line at midnight release parties to ge the latest book as soon as it came out.  So when I heard that JK Rowling had written another book after finishing the Harry Potter series, I knew I wanted to read it.  I just didn’t get around to it until now.

Someone donated A Casual Vacancy (Little, Brown, and Co., 2012) in a box of books for our Little Free Library.  I have to confess that I snagged it out to read before placing it in the library.  I am so glad I did.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Even though A Casual Vacancy is set in a small English village, I felt right at home.  Pragford reminded me of many small towns I have lived in.  I guess people don’t change that much around the world.

The death of Barry Fairbrother sets off a chain of reactions that both reveal and shift the existing faultlines in the relationships of the characters.  At first I found it difficult to keep track of the many different characters affected by Fairbrother’s death, but soon I was making connections between them as Rowling skillfully wove their stories together.  Many times the characters were not even aware of the threads connecting them in unsuspecting ways.

The novel begins and ends with tragedy, but along the way it is filled with humor.  That humor is needed as Rowling gives an unflinching look at some of the more selfish motivations shared by many of us.  The good people of Pragford have never forgiven the poor people of the Fields (mainly government subsidized housing) for being thrust upon them.  The good people of Pragford are ready to do almost anything to remove the Fields filled with undesirable people from their picture-perfect village.  Of course, Pragford is only picture-perfect as long as no one looks too closely or digs too deeply for long-buried secrets.

Even though A Casual Vacancy is filled with Muggles only, I loved every page.  It is not a book for every fan of Harry Potter, especially younger fans.  Rowling gives an unflinching glimpse of real life–including the darker side of drug abuse and promiscuity and violence.  I will be looking for her latest books, published under a pen name, to see what else she can pull out of her pen.

June Books Read

My first two books for the month of June were birthday gifts.  I think my family knows me well.  They gave me books and chocolate–and some new patio furniture for the back porch.   Let the reading continue!

68) Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow – The illustrations brought back so many memories of favorite books and characters from my childhood.

69)  A Love that Lasts – There is no one right way to live in a happy marriage.

70) Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema, pictures by Leo and Diane Dillon – I knew there was a reason I didn’t like those pesky mosquitoes!

71)   Best Friends – story & pictures by Steven Kellogg – the highs and lows of friendship captured in a vivid imagination

72) Together – by George Ella Lyon, pictures by Vera Rosenberry – another combination of friendship and imagination

73)  A Pond So Blue – by Dan Waters, pictures by Danny B. Dalby – little fish work together to overcome the big catfish

74) A Gift of a Tree by Greg Henry Quinn, pictures by Ronda Krum – I picked up this one in honor of my forester husband

75) The Tooth Tree by Nicholas Heller – What happens when you bury a tooth in the backyard instead of under a pillow?

76) Finding Nemo by Disney Pixar

77) 101 Dalmations by Disney

78) Simba and Nala at Play:  A Book About Opposites

79) Curious George Snowy Day adapted by Rotem Moscovich

80) Jamaica Tag-Along by Juanita Havill, pictures by Anne Sibley O’Brien

81) A Wish-For Dinosaur by Jane Belk Moncure, pictures by Vera K. Gohman

82)Muppet Babies Count with Me by Louise Gikow, pictures by David Prebenna

83) The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult – lots of good things in this book, but a difficult read for me

84) Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully – I got this from the summer reading program at our library.  Now I want to try walking on a high wire.

85) Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans – I loved reading this one to my daughter.  It’s still good now that she is a teen.

86) Madeline and the Bad Hat by Ludwig Bemelmans – another adventure with Madeline

87) How Do You Hug a Porcupine? by Laurie Isop and Gwen Millward – cute rhyming story about–hugging different animals

88) 102 Wacky Monster Jokes -by Michael Pellowski – Some definitely caused groans, but certain kids will eat this one up.

89) The Butterfly Counting Book by Jerry Pallotta – Much more than I expected from a counting book–including words for butterfly in many languages

90) The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown – another mystery full of danger, intrigue, and of course, symbols

91) Where Is Home, Little Pip? by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman – cute picture book about a penguin who gets separated from his parents and can’t find his way home

92) W.A.R.P.:  The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer – This new series has an evil villain, two spunky orphans, and time travel back to Victorian England.

My favorites this month were from the picture books:  Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears and Mirette on the High Wire.  What were your favorite reads from this month?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? Is a meme sponsored by Sheila atBook Journey.  Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Menor Texts gave the meme a kidlit twist.  It’s a great way to reflect on what you’ve read and reviewed the last week and plan what you want to read next.  Join up with us and discover what good books other people are reading.

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The #bookaday challenge that I usually participate in through the summer has turned into #bookaweek and then some this week.  I finished just one book this week:

71VjepfB1-LWhere Is Home, Little Pip? by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman – The Little Free Library organization sent me this picture book in my Steward’s Packet.  It’s a cute story about a penguin who gets separated from his parents and can’t find his way home.  I can’t wait to add it to the library outside.  This edition has both English and Spanish text.  Unfortunately, I can read only the English.

In related library news, I wrote a press release about our new little library and sent it to the regional paper in the next county.  The Columbus, IN, Republic published to story in Sunday’s paper.  That was exciting!

I’m currently reading:

imageW.A.R.P. The Reluctant Assassin b Eoin Colfer – One more run should put me through the end of this one.  It’s definitely exciting, and I can’t wait to see how–and if–Chevron and Riley defeat Garrick.  I will be looking for the next one in the series soon.  I am glad I don’t live in Victorian England.  I’ll stick with modern sanitation.

imageThe Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling – Wow!  I’m just past the halfway mark in this one, and I like it.  At first I had trouble keeping the large cast of characters straight in my head, but now that I’m seeing the connections between them (that sometimes the characters don’t realize), I am enjoying the wicked humor.

What’s coming up:

In addition to finishing the books above, I’d like to read more in Les Miserables this week.  Will Marius ever find the girl of his dreams again?

I’d also like to continue reading another short story or two in Fidelity by Wendell Berry.

Five Favorite Things

imageI’m taking part in the weekly Slice of Life Challenge sponsored by  Two Writing Teachers, where teachers write and share each Tuesday. Join in yourself or head over to check out what’s happening with other slicers. If you’re taking part in the SOL, leave a link to your post. I’d love to read it.

I’m sitting on the back porch listening to the rain sweep across the grass and trees.  Thunder echoes deep behind the clouds while birds call goodnight to each other.  Cool breezes caress my skin, providing relief from the day’s heat and humidity.  And I smile as I think about my favorite things from the grand opening of our Little Free Library.

1.  The weather cleared!  Earlier Friday afternoon, a thunderstorm exploded overhead, but about an hour before the clouds broke up and blue sky even peeked through.  After we were done, the clouds reappeared, dropping rain on us again.

It was still humid, so my camera lense kept fogging up.

It was still humid, so my camera lense kept fogging up.

2.  People came!  We had no idea if anyone would show up or not.  Several neighbors dropped by along with friends from church.  Most took a book or two home with them.  We all enjoyed the brownies and punch and conversation.

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3.  More people donated books!  Another friend had seen news of our LFL and messaged me to ask if I wanted the children’s books left over from her yard sale.  That box was filled with treasures–Madeline, My Side of the Mountain, the Boxcar Children, and Magic Treehouse.  The best part is I get to read the books, too!  Now I may need a warehouse to store them all.

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4.  Some visitors surprise us!  One evening while we were reading in the living room, a car we didn’t recognize pulled into the driveway.  Instead of stopping at the library, though, a young woman with a handful of books came to the door.  ”These don’t have the stickers in them, so I wanted to give them to you,” she said as she turned back to the car.  (I’ve been putting Free Little Library stickers in the front cover to advertise.)  I’m not worried about the stickers, but I love to see people taking ownership for caring for the books.

 

5.  We are now official!  The day after the Grand Opening, I received my official Steward’s Packet with our sign.  They also sent a lot of helpful information and cool stuff:  bumper sticker, book plates, bookmarks, and even a book for the library.

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