Posted by: whimsicallibrarians | July 15, 2009

Amazing Friday’s and more…

The summer is in full swing and we have been having some amazing programs at Fairfield Woods.  Last Friday was our first Amazing Friday’s program.  About 25 kids (check out the pictures) experienced tons of worms (both real and fake) in tribute to our book “How to eat fried worms”.  They made a worm farm, tried to catapult a gummy worm the farthest, and made goo worms using a “special” worm formula.  When we finished up we enjoyed lunch and the watching of the movie “How to eat fried worms.”  The kids had a great time watching it, (it was funny) but we agreed the book is always better than the movie.  This week the kids will be experiencing the books by Lemony Snicket.  They’ll be trying on disguises, cooking up a recipe, and inventing an escape route.

This is the second week of our chess club. (Check out the pictures) We’ve got 11 kids who are very intent on learning and playing the game together.  The atmosphere is definitely intense!!  Our teacher, Bruce, has been playing chess for years and has tremendous patience with the learners.

We had a great bookclub last week, it’s called Beyond the Book.  This group of parents and kids enjoyed reading and discussing “The doll people”, by Ann Martin.  We took the book discussion one step further by having the families make their own dollhouse room.  All of the creations where unique and beautiful.  It’s amazing what you can do with a shoebox, some cloth, paper, and glue.  There was wallpaper going up and floors going down, pictures being hung…. The discussion was everything about dolls living in their dollhouses, doll state, and who was our favorite doll person.

Adult summer reading is in full swing.  I’ve been reading books for our One Book One Town event in March.  I’ve just finished “Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana Rosnay. A beautifully written book with characters that will stay with you.  I’ve just started “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout.  This novel takes place in Maine.  So far all the characters seem dark and struggling with their life.  Again the characters and descriptions are written with precision and depth.  If you get a chance to read them let us know your reaction.

Happy Summer,

Nancy

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