Thursday, October 20, 2011

31 Days of Library Living {Day 21}: War And Peace, Library Style

Several months ago, our oldest son asked for a popular war game for the Wii. My heart silently cried out for the good 'ol days when this precious boy would play with his NASCAR Hot Wheels for days on end. My head wanted to shout NO but my intuition told there was a better way: the library


My husband and I asked him to research the subject from the Trojans through modern day conflicts, and if he still had an interest in the Wii combat game, we'd talk. He agreed, and I figured this bought me time to either:
A) Convince Congress to pass a new law banning the sale of any war game to minors.
B) Move us to a remote fishing village in Alaska.
C) By the time he had completed the research he would be 35. Or 50.



Nick had enjoyed this bio on Frederick Douglass a few years ago and wanted to know more about his dad's favorite president, so he started with the Civil War time period. His journey began with this incredible read, Two Miserable Presidents. Two nights later, he appeared in our bedroom and announced what we all know: War is terrible.


There hasn't been any further mention of wanting a Wii war game, but our family adventure into the history of battle has just begun. We are currently reading aloud Rifles For Watie (absolute must read) and then we'll read Soldier's Heart. Nick's curiosity will tell us where to go next. 





A library loving family here in town recommended Rifles for Watie. Their son produced a book report video and granted me permission to share it with all of you. Hope it inspires you to say yes to learning with your children at the library.


video

Hypocrite Bonus: Just yesterday, Carl was at our regional library and found this Civil War game for a dollar. {Yes! You can buy media from the library ~ I'll be blogging on our fabulous library buys next week.} I guess this could be classified as educational. But still. My face is a teensy-weensy bit red.




We attended the NASCAR race here at Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend, and as a sports-batty family I can testify that no other sport loves their fans or our military more than them. You can't walk two feet without standing shoulder to shoulder with a man or woman in uniform. 


Bruton Smith, owner of 8 NASCAR tracks and Sonic Automotive, hires retired military personnel throughout his companies (including much of his upper management) and the pre-race activities always find creative ways to honor our troops. And for the fans? Free parking, coolers filled with food and drink are allowed into the race; $10 seats for children. Oh, and a race that literally moves the seat beneath you. I know they get a bad rap, but it is family entertainment times infinity. Just ask this boy.



And to think, I could have just said no.



Are there subjects to which you want to say no, but the library can help you say yes to learning? 



This series, 31 Days of Library Living, started here. Please join me for the month, maybe even follow me forever on this blog by email or subscribe to my posts - I would be honored.

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xoxo Michele



31 Days of Library Living {Day 20}: Learning The Language



She is muy bonita. The children adore her. Our library offers this free 30 minute children's class each Wednesday morning. After class we pick out a Beautifully Balanced Spanish Collection to reinforce what we've learned. I say we loosely - this precious three year old remembers every word, song and dance. Me? Mostly no comprendo. But I'm overjoyed the entire time because, all you dear bloggy friends - are you seeing her smile? Senorita Sunshine.


Listen: De Colores
Read: Oso Polar


The Eric Carle books are asombrosa. Your children will have these memorized after a few reads.



We look forward to this beauty each week. Did you know the library offers Adult/Teen Spanish classes? Chinese for Pre-School Kids? To view all programs offered by the library, click here.



The library offers meaningful experiences for the the entire family and an opportunity to connect with your community in an educational way. You can library for a lifetime. What classes will you attend this week?


This series, 31 Days of Library Living, started here. Please join me for the month, maybe even follow me forever on this blog by email or subscribe to my posts - I would be honored.

Are you a 31 Dayer? Leave me a message, I would love to come visit you. 

For a list of all of the 31 Dayers, click here.
For the amazing girl behind all of this 31 Days magic, click here.

xoxo Michele