The first day of my new program was at Middlebourne, WV (pronounced Middleburn). I was so happy to see that the new addition is almost complete. The library has been fundraising for some time and to see their dream coming true was so gratifying. Perhaps I should say their vision, because dreams don't get the job done, do they? It takes the vision, dedication and hours of work to make a dream a reality, and director Roseanne Eastham has certainly done all of the above.
I think my two favorites this year are Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, which I am telling here (in a shortened, G-rated version since we had some 4 and 5 year-olds in the audience), and Jack and the Robbers--although King Arthur's Cave and Momotaro are close seconds.
You can see in this last photo how big the space is! This will be the new area for the adult collection--the children's library will be the small round "instant" library built in the 70's.
There were also changes at the two libraries I visited Tuesday. It's been a while since I visited them, and great things have happened since I was last there. Harrisville has a beautiful new building--they bought an old furniture store and completely gutted and renovated it. The space is as warm and welcoming as wood furnishing, nice lighting and pretty paint can make it. Gorgeous, and so well deserved after years in a small, cramped space. I wish I had pictures to show you, but my roadie--er, husband--got into conversation with another Vietnam vet and forgot his duties. Ah me. Those vets can really get talking when they get together, and that's fine by me. I just wish I could have been there to listen because I know the stories were flying around.
This time the audience was almost all very young children, ages 8 and down to about 3, and their caregivers. I prepared for this, as I always try to do for library programs, because it truly is the luck of the draw--the audiences are usually families of all ages so I have something for everyone.
Not that I use my hands when tell stories, no, not me. That blur--well, yeah, I was using my hands. Body language is an important aspect of storytelling; body language, eye contact, voice manipulation, and timing all play roles in making sure the audience "gets" the story and gets into the adventure with me.
We made it home by 4:30pm and by 5:00 I was on my way to the last performance of the day, this time Appalachian stories for a girl scout camp. Again no photos because my roadie wasn't with me, but it was a good time with lots of stories, laughter and fun.
One of the nicest things of the past two days was this surprise left on our porch Monday evening:
Today I am resting up for tomorrow's presentation to a county 4-H group; Appalachian stories will once again be the theme. But now I'm off to catch up with a few of you on your blogs, get some wash done, and wait for the thunderstorms predicted for this afternoon.
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