From Nancy in West: Our last summer presentation was a masquerade ball and awards ceremony. The teens love to decorate and play dress-up! The big hit was a balloon dress that Petra made. Eloise Takes a Bawth was read, and Petra had the kids speak with an English accent before she began because she read it with an accent and wanted to make sure they understood why she was doing it. They had the kids dance in circles and decorate masks. The balloon dress took eight hours (all night) and 63 sixty-inch balloons to make. The description of her ride to the library was hilarious! Petra started tying balloons shortly after joining the Tale Tellers our first year. She raised money to go on a mission to the Dominican Republic this summer by doing so. Successful summer! My favorite may have been the mad scientist when they did experiments.
This is the new group of Tale Tellers in West. These teens plan and carry out the library’s storytimes on weekends. They are the new generation of the group for which West won the Wayne Williams Project of the Year from TLA. Some topics this summer will include: Fiesta Fiasco, Mad Scientist, BFFs or Friendship Day, Bubbles, Masquerade Ball (final presentation and awards for summer reading), and Let’s Have a Picnic.
Nancy from West Public Library shares:
Last Saturday a lady and man (I’d never seen) came to the library to get a card. They are new in town from Maine so I showed them around the library. At some point she heard a mom ask about our next story time. The lady (Janice) came up and said, “Do you have story time?” And here we go………
Janice has a registered therapy boxer named Braille who is blind. This dog has been in a Boxer magazine, in Eastland shoe ads, in an Animal Planet promotion commercial, and in fashion parades. She has visited nursing homes, children’s museums, etc. The web site is www.askmrseamus.com (click on Braille) in case you wish to see photos or read a story or two. I got a bit teary eyed. Braille can do little tricks. Now, she does run into things a bit until she gets comfortable.
Braille was born blind and left on the street in San Antonio. She was placed in a shelter but at nine months was going to be “put to sleep.” She was rescued and shuttled cross county by a small aircraft pilots group or something. Janice adopted her at nine months and began training immediately.
Anyway, we are making this into our Valentine’s Day story time: A Very Special Love Story. The teens are reading Brave Norman, the true story about a shelter dog that goes blind but saves a little girl’s life. Then Janice will tell the kids about Braille’s story and have her do tricks. Her message is a very strong: DON’T LET ANYTHING HOLD YOU BACK! We will be collecting towels for Fuzzy Friends, a local animal shelter as part of our program. Our craft will be to make rattle toys for the shelter. Oh, and it’s free.