Be a superhero and sign up for our Summer Reading Program! Come to our kickoff party June 13, 2015 from 11-1 pm and have a whole day’s worth of fun in two hours; you can visit the animals in our petting zoo, get your face painted and have a bite to eat.

The Pocket Circus will perform at 11:00 am, Captain America will stop by at noon and the awesome band New Generation will provide great music at noon as well.

Haunted Trails will be here with a prize wheel and Andy’s custard will provide free frozen custard to the first 200 people!

Come Join Us!

#ThrowBookThursday: Forget Me Not

BookAWeek: A Challenge to Read 52 Books in a Year


Scrolling through my emails, I saw one (from I think) with the hashtag #ThrowBookThursday and I thought that would make a fun ‘meme’ where I thought about books from my past which had made an impact on me. I’d love other book bloggers to join me (or maybe you’re doing it already and I’m behind the curve) so please comment and link me to your blog if you’re doing it too!


First up is a book from my past that has recently become part of my present; Forget Me Not by Paul Rogers, illustrated by Celia Berridge. As you can see above I received it for Christmas when I was about two and a half, and it became a firm favourite. It’s a lovely rhyming story of a forgetful lion who goes on a day trip to visit his cousin and leaves something behind at every stage of the…

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World Book Day Guest Post: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

World Book Day Guest Post: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe


Today I’m bringing you a special guest post. In celebration of World Book Day, today’s review is by my 7 year old daughter Lucy. She dressed up as Lucy Pevensie from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, by C S Lewis and wrote about the book for her homework.

I think it’s good to give children tasks with a real result and she was excited by the idea of ‘real’ people reading her work so we decided to let her do today’s post.

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The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is an emaginative and creative story.

The story is about 4 children going into a magical world. Narnia is ruled by the White Wich. She is crule to evryone. She looks pale and she has a tall crown and with a white wand. The children are on a quest to defeat the White Wich and take…

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Eight Essentials – You’re Never Too Old to Read Young Again

Donna Drew Sawyer

Little Golden Book - InteriorI loved a recent post by Tom Burns on Yahoo’s The Good Dad Project about books every child should own. If you’re like me and your response to lists of what’s good/bad, best/worst, in/out, hot/not, is, “Who says?” then you will appreciate Burns’ list. It recommends no specific books but broad and self-defined categories that help parents give children a diverse reading experience – so much more evolved than letting someone we don’t know dictate what book will resonate with us or our children.

Children will certainly benefit from the types of books Burns suggests: board books, mythology, books you loved as a kid, books that suit their personality, poetry, non-fiction, books that are too old for them and brilliantly, blank books. As I read through his list I thought adults should use this list too!

When we mature as readers and settle on specific types of books we love, we sometimes forget the eclectic array of books that made us love to read…

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Happy Fourth of July!

Be sure to stay safe and have fun this year! Please leave your pets safe inside and give them someplace to “hide” in a closet or small room if they are scared.

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Malia Obama, Sasha Obama

The STEM Garden

It was a bright sunny day when we gathered to plant our garden! Tim Magner from Green Sugar Press read us stories and gave us seeds to plant like watermelon, arugula (fancy yummy lettuce) basil and others. We also planted tomato plants, dill, jalapeno peppers, sweet peppers and parsley. We’ll also have butterfly bushes to give butterflies food and rest during their migration and sunflowers to feed birds.  We’ll have a rain barrel to water our grasses and bushes. Here are some great pictures! Be sure to visit us to see our garden all summer long!

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