Saturday, July 20th, we literally “dug into reading”! After discussing what we know about our area and its climate, we looked at books on gardening, looking for what zone we are in for plants, and thought about what sorts of plants would grow here. On a much-larger craft project, we measured and looked at the outside of the building, and thought about how to plant the landscape. We have a plan, with what plants grow here according to books.
We talked about other ways of finding information. We think of books, periodicals, and the “Information Superhighway” – or the internet, as places to find information, but there are other sources. That includes talking to local people who know what grows here and what does not.
So, combining what we learned from books, with what we know, what we’ve observed locally, we have a plan! This will combine reading with art and community involvement, along with actually doing a fun project which will last many years. We will soon really “dig into reading” as we actually do the late summer and fall plantings! Participants can look with pride at the north side of the Village Hall, and know what they personally did to create it. The experience will last a lifetime.
The Panhandle Library System held its annual meeting July 19. Broadwater had two attendees: Beth Kulacz, library director and Jeff Baird, library board member. We got to find out what other libraries in the area are doing, what the system itself is doing, and got to network with others in the region. Entertainment of music, cowboy poetry, and contemporary cowboy songs was provided by Deb Carpenter and Lyn Messersmith. They donated us a CD of their music and a book of their cowboy poetry.
The Panhandle Library System gave us a bag of children’s books Kikki & Deja Election Madness by Karen English, Friesian Horse by Sarah Green, The Ugly Duckling as retold by Martin Powell, Detective Frankenstein – a graphic novel written by Alaya Johnson, Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems by J. Patrick Lewis. All of these donated items are on the new book rack and available for checkout.
Next week, we will go back to it mainly being a traditional reading of storybooks, along with following-up with how participants in the knitting program are doing with knitting, and further tweaking and work on the landscaping ideas.
Please come by, or bring your children. The focus of Kids Storytime is primarily for children under 12, but teens and adults are also encouraged to attend.
Our telephone number is 489-0199. We are located in the new Village Hall building at 251 N. Starr Street. Please visit us online at http://libraries.ne.gov/broadwater/ . We are open Tuesday, noon-1pm and 3-7pm, Friday 3-5 pm, and Saturday 2-5 pm. The library is also open during Kids Storytime from 11am-12:30pm when Storytime is over.