Winter storytime ends this week, just as the weather forecasters promise us a high of 70 tomorrow. Perfect timing. I know that for many of my little toddler friends (and their grownups), this 8 week session has brought lots of new things. I've watched this particular group go from squirmy-can't-sit-still to amazing full on listeners. They remind me when I've forgotten their favorite song, or puppet-play. They've made friends with one another and have become masters of the glue sticks during crafts. They treasure the story time more than any other group I've had in a long while. It's a true delight. I know that this break in our story time flow allows for me and the staff to prepare for our summer reading program. Summer reading takes time. However, I know that tomorrow when I remind our parents and sitters that it's our last day, that they will moan and sigh. Most of them will eventually substitute story time for sunny playground play dates, but it's still a disappointment to them. This makes me wonder if maybe it's time to think about story time timing differently. Maybe we need to spring ahead with how we run storytime as well. Maybe it's time for a never-ending story time? Maybe it's time for outside in the park, storytime? Who knows where this burst of spring ideas could lead! Regardless, I will miss my dedicated group of story goers and I am so proud of how they have grown. And who knows? Maybe they have inspired story time to grow a little too....
Our amazing teen Community Club had its monthly meeting last night. We made fashionable t-shirt scarves to donate to Bethany House, a local women's shelter. I would like to say that I knew it was International Women's Day the night that I decided to do this. But, I didn't. What I did know was that our Community Club teens would jump at the chance to do this. You see, this is our first year. It is a small but dedicated teens that meet on the first Tuesday evening of every month to do good for others (and earn service credit). Starting in October, this generous group has made beautiful Cards for Hospitalized Kids. We've written letters to our troops and Veteran's through Operation Gratitude, and we held a bake sale to support Best Friends Animal Society. They've generously given of their time and have been most enthusiastic when we got to make something to give. They are a crafty and creative bunch! I am super excited to say that the scarves are a simple, DIY t-shirt craft that doesn't involve any sewing (perfect for me!). I was very impressed with the creative work our group did. It's not everyday you get a group of teens with such a gift for giving. I cannot wait to deliver a little fun, fashion-flair to women in our community. Stay tuned for pictures of the creativity and the finished product.