ML’s Third Book Club


Friday, my friend told me I must be crazy to take a bunch of girls to Marbles on a Saturday.  She misunderstood; thinking I was supervising sixteen girls by myself.  I explained parents and a teen were helping out.  She’s seen me at my craziest so she was relieved to hear I hadn’t lost my mind.

At 12:30, our teen helper, ML and two other girls who rode with us arrived for the official Book Club Field Trip at Marbles Kids Museum. While Lillian watched the girls, I stood on the street waiting for parents to drop their daughters.  How did our parents coordinate all these things without cell phones and texting?

My reason for the field trip…  I wanted the girls to meet a real live illustrator.  Amy Richards, author and illustrator of the ABC’s of North Carolina is Artist in Residence for February.  Some of the girls met her.   A mob of preschool and elementary-school children surrounded her.  So we didn’t have a chance to have a conversation as a group with her.  I’ll try to set up a future book club where Amy can join us.

It was a zoo.  Each adult was assigned three children.  So it was less a book club meeting; more a book club play date.  No book discussion or book related activity.  Next month includes a discussion of Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth, a mystery activity and poetry.  No Marbles.  Today put things in perspective.  Sixteen girls running around our house and yard is no big deal.  Especially since the backyard is in the process of being fenced.  Next book club…sometime after the fence is finished.

I lied, there will be marbles at the meeting.  Marbles play a key part in the mystery solved in Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth.  Toy marbles and 16 girls I can easily handle with the  help of a teen or two.  Marbles Kids Museum even with a ratio of one adult to every three kids is exhausting.

An added bonus – we met UNC-TV’s Read-a-roo, Super Why, Princesss Presto and Betsy Kindergarten.  Afterwards, we learned about PBS Kids 2014 Writing Contest.  ML and friend discussed their story ideas on the way home.  Sounds like they are Rainbow Magic ghostwriters.  You can learn more about the contest at UNC-TV.

Please do not be discouraged from visiting Marble’s Kid Museum. It’s an amazing place.  A hint I learned from the staff… Saturday mornings are calmer.

The ABCs of North Carolina

Little did I know I had an up and coming author and illustrator in my backyard. Literally, in my back yard. Amy Richards took excellent care of ML when I returned to full-time library work. They went to parks, played games and did all sorts of craft activities. ML has a painted canvas in her room of a mermaid. Amy did a line drawing and ML painted it. It’s one of my favorite things.

Amy launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the initial expense of printing her coloring book, The ABCs of NC. It’s an amazing, educational book. Amy’s appreciates the support and interest of friends and acquaintances. Check out the video about her project. She’s reached her initial goal so she can print 100 coloring books. However, the more money she raises the more books she can print at a cheaper cost per book. Her pledge gifts will make great Christmas presents. Rumor has it, Santa’s bringing me a watercolor of the letter F page. . .forsythia branch with bluebird. Two of ML and my favorite things in one painting. Red or Charcoal grey t shirts silk-screened with an image of the cover are available with a $25 dollar pledge.

You heard it here first. Amy Richards is on her way.