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52 FEATS – NUMBER 21 (Reading to My Kids)

26 May

For the original 52 FEATS blog entry, click here.

UPDATE – DAY 4 (Thursday):

What a great Feat.  Few joys equal laying in bed with my kids and hearing them say, “Let’s read another one!”

I hope this has inspired some of you to stop your busy lives and read to your kids.  And Lisa made a great comment – reading is a modeled behavior, too.  Take some time for yourself and crack open a book!  You’ll be glad you did.


Reading is one of my favorite pastimes.  I was an avid reader as a child, and my love of books has continued into adulthood.  In addition to reading for fun (Harry Potter and Twilight, anyone?), I belong to a book club, which has given me the immense pleasure of discovering new books while discussing interesting ideas with some really smart women.

When I became a parent, reading to my kids was very important to me.  It makes children smarter, it stimulates their imaginations, and it provides some great bonding time.  I started reading to both my children when they were too young to even see the books clearly.  Even as infants, I brought them to story time at the library on a regular basis.

I’ve heard that parents should read to their kids at least 20 minutes every day.  I used to scoff at that – we could easily do 20 minutes in one sitting!  In a whole day we always topped that.  At any given time, we usually have about 30 books checked out from the library!

But lately, we’ve become so busy with other responsibilities (or rather, I’ve become so busy) that on most days, we don’t make even that 20-minute mark.  I remember a couple days last week when we got into bed after endless activities, without having cracked a single book all day.  While I don’t want to beat myself up over that, I know I can do better.

This week, I’m going to make reading to my children a top priority.  My son can read, so I’m going to make sure that he’s getting daily reading practice as well.  Neither one of my kids is in school, so that gives us plenty of time each day for reading.  And, as usual, we’re well-stocked with a huge stack of library books.

Happy reading week, everyone – sit down with your kids (or just yourself) and read!!

Baby Songfest at the Arlington Public Library – April 19

18 Apr

Bring your little one to the Baby Songfest at the Arlington Public Library!

Tuesday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.
Woodland West Branch
Newborn to 24 months

Join us for a fun filled evening of music and singing. Your child will develop language skills with music in a fun filled sing-a-long environment as we learn new songs and revisit old favorites. Make sure you get baby their first library card and get your card stamped to be eligible for our monthly prize drawing.

For more information, visit the APL website at www.arlingtonlibrary.org.

Dog Days at the Arlington Public Library

5 Apr

What a fun way to practice reading!  On Saturday, April 9, from 10:30 am to noon, kids can come to the Central Branch of the Arlington Public Library and read to a trained R.E.A.D. dog (Reading Education Assistance Dog).  Several teams of these trained dogs and their owners will be at the library.  Every child who reads will get 15 minutes of a dog’s undivided attention.  Books will be provided.

The Central Branch is located at 101 E. Abram Street in downtown Arlington.

Pre-registration is required.  Click here to register online.

Arlington Public Library Book Sale

23 Mar

Are you a book lover?  Come to the Meadowbrook Recreation Center in Arlington (1400 Dugan Street) for the Friends of Arlington Public Library Book Sale.  Over 60,000 items will be offered, including fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, collector’s items, videos, audiobooks, and paperbacks.

Only cash or checks are accepted – no credit cards.  Proceeds benefit the Arlington Public Library.

Wednesday, March 23, 3 pm – 7 pm (Members Night for Friends of APL)

Thursday, March 24, 3 pm – 7 pm

Friday, March 25, 9 am – 5 pm

Saturday, March 26, 9 am – 5 pm

Sunday March 27, 11 am – 4 pm (Half Price Day)

For more information, visit www.fapl.org.

Bloom Into Spring Pajama Time

10 Mar

Come celebrate the coming of spring at the Southwest Library Branch in Arlington on Monday, March 14, from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

Bring the whole family for an evening of spring-inspired stories, songs and crafts. Children may wear their pajamas and bring along a favorite stuffed animal!

For more information, visit the Arlington Public Library website at www.arlingtonlibrary.org.

Learn & Grow Fair – March 5

2 Mar

Saturday, March 5, 2011, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Southwest Branch Library Community Room

The City of Arlington proudly presents the Learn & Grow Fair as a free and fun community education event for the whole family. The Fair will include interactive environmental education booths regarding water conservation, rainwater harvesting, composting, gardening, crafts, and more.

Master Gardener MicroTalk Series will feature four 30-minute classes on vegetable gardening, landscape design, native plants, and composting. The classes will begin at 9:15 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.  To secure your spot in one class or all four, please register by calling Dustan Compton at 817-459-6628 or emailing him at dustan.compton@arlingtontx.gov.

For more information visit : http://www.arlingtonlibrary.org/calendar/learn-grow-fair-sw

Black History Month Festival at the SE Arlington Library Branch

24 Feb

Saturday, February 26, 2011, from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, come to the Southeast Branch Library in Arlington to celebrate African-American culture!

Schedule of Events:

10:00 a.m. Cornerstone Baptist Church Gospel Choir

10:30 a.m. Genealogy Workshop

12:00 p.m. Ferguson Junior High Step Team

12:15 p.m. Ashworth Elementary School Choir

12:30 p.m. “Reading, Writing and the Black Experience.” Shewanda Riley of Tarrant County College discusses how literacy has influenced black history.

1:30 p.m. “African-American Literature: Illusion and Reality.” Evelyn Wilson of Tarrant County College discusses the literary canon of black America from early writers to present day popular authors.

2:30 p.m. “Why We Celebrate Black History Month.” W. Marvin Dulaney of UT Arlington discusses the effort to ensure the history of African-Americans is included in the “American Story”

3:30 p.m. Melody Bell, griot/storyteller. Traditional storytelling with poetry, songs, instruments and circle games. Everybody gets to participate!

Children can create African-themed crafts throughout the afternoon. The library will have an African-American history display for the entire month. For all ages.

Mother Goose Story Time

16 Feb

Come to the Lake Arlington library branch on Saturday, February 19, at 11 am for a story time that will introduce little ones to Mother Goose.  Enjoy Mary Had a Little Lamb, Jack and Jill Went Up the Hill, Hickory Dickory Dock, and more childhood classics!

No registration required.  Ages: newborn to 3 years.

The Lake Arlington library branch is located at 4000 W. Green Oaks Blvd.

52 FEATS – Feat 1, Day 2

5 Jan

Today was Day 2 of Feat Number 1 – greetings to my fellow earthlings!  As with the first day, I’m finding that this is a habit that will take some time, since my normal way of reacting to (or avoiding) people around me is pretty ingrained in my subconscious.

The first public place I went today was the library.  Most of the time I was there, I have to admit that I was pretty engrossed in conversation with a friend of mine, so I wasn’t paying attention to anyone around me.

At one point, I was in story time with my kids – obviously not an ideal place to say hi to people, since everyone is sitting quietly.  But I found myself trying to just remain available, in case anyone happened to look in my direction.  I sat there with, I admit, kind of a goofy grin on my face.  Patiently waiting.  Any time someone looked my way, I beamed my 10,000-watt smile at them.  Am I a total lunatic??

At the grocery store, I did the opposite of Lowe’s yesterday – I actually chose an aisle BECAUSE it had someone on it.  I said hi to some lady putting spaghetti sauce in her cart.  She said hi, but then said she was sorry – she thought she was in my way.  Being annoyed shouldn’t be the only reason a person says hi.

(I started up a conversation with the checker, but then got worried that he thought I was flirting with him.  He complimented my necklace and asked me where I got it.  When I told him it was from my husband, his smile faded and he tuned me out.  Married lady burn!)

What feels different to me, like when I was in story time, is the simple feeling of making myself accessible to others.  That is an odd, yet refreshingly positive, feeling.  Smiling always makes you feel better, even if it’s fake.  It sort of pumped up my mood to have the smile on all the time.  Again, I probably looked like a moron, but who cares?  It felt good.

For the original FEAT NUMBER 1 blog entry, click here.

For the original 52 FEATS blog entry, click here.

Ring in the Holidays!

16 Dec

Tonight from 6:00-7:30 pm, join the Bells of Celebration handbell group for a performance of holiday music at the Southwest Branch of the Arlington Public Library.

Hot chocolate, cookies, and a craft for the kids will also be provided.

Don’t forget to wear your pajamas!

The Southwest Branch is located at 3311 S.W. Green Oaks Boulevard.

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