Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Library Challenge


Our local public library is under renovation (which is a very good thing!). That means the usual summer library programming has been cancelled. To make up for that, the library has offered a series of Family Challenges in different themes and we have had a lot of fun meeting them. We seined in the creek for the Alfresco challenge, had a breakfast picnic in the rain for the Early Bird challenge, caught fireflies for the Night Owl challenge, tried some new foods for the Chef challenge, and went to a musical for the Maestro challenge. Every challenge also includes time reading and we have most definitely done that!

This week the girls haven't had summer art classes, so we have tackled a couple of challenges at once. The Good Citizen challenge encourages to explore our own town and it has been interesting. We visited our local history museum and had fun looking at old photographs, a one room school classroom, dolls, antique fire trucks, old cash registers, a turn of the century kitchen, a scary looking dentist's office, and all sorts of strange and intriguing items.

Today we went downtown to explore the shops there, including some we had never been in. We browsed through the stuffed animals and puzzles at the drug store, watched a quilting machine stitch a quilt in the quilt shop, said "hi" to a friend learning to knit socks in the yarn shop, wandered through a gift shop, and found some bargains at the used bookstore. We looked at the displays in the windows of the shoe store and jewelry store and medical supply business. We had interesting discussions about why you would need to go in the offices for hospice or insurance or home health care businesses. It was all quite interesting.

Once we were back in the car, we played a game that was part of the Unknown Destinations challenge. Each girl had a penny and flipped them to see where we would go next - two heads meant turn left, two tails was turn right, and one of each meant we went straight. The girls loved it! We meandered around, turning corners randomly and giggling. We hit a dead end. We ended up on a dirt road going who knows were. We crossed the same bridge three times. It was such a silly way to tour the town. As we headed down Main Street and the little shaved ice shack came into view, the girls started flipping coins furiously until they finally managed to come up with two tails so we would have to turn in to the parking lot. We had had a fun afternoon, so I indulged them. The library challenges sure have been fun!

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