Mar 7, 2020

Kindness is in Bloom in the Children's Room

"No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted."  
from Aesop's The Lion and the Mouse 

March 2nd marked the 116th anniversary of Dr. Seuss's birthday.  In the spirit of the inspiration Mr. Geisel brought to the world, and to children's literacy in particular, we want to show our gratitude for all people (and animals) who remind us of our best selves.  This month is a great time to visit the Children's Room at GMPL as we promote our 2020 Kindness Campaign.

As March is Women's history month, we have created a display to honor herstory's great women, in particular their acts of kindness.  Did you know that Eleanor Roosevelt was the USA's first ambassador to the United Nations?  Or that Sacagawea made that 4000 mile journey alongside Lewis and Clark with her newborn baby strapped to her back?  Wow! And what about that Jane Goodall who lived with the chimpanzees?!  She has dedicated her whole life to learning and educating the world about the lives of these wonderful animals.

Children may do their own animal search in the library as they take part in the Kindness Critter scavenger hunt all month long.  Can you find the vulture, the worm, the shark or the salamander?  They are waiting to be discovered among the books.  Find out what these special animals offer our world.  You might think twice before stepping on that spider!  It is soft and cuddly, afterall!

Speaking of soft and cuddly, on Saturday March 21 at 2pm dress in your favorite sweater to honor Mister Rogers.  It is his birthday.  Soooo... there will be crafts, games, and cake.  CAKE!  Need I say more?

It's You I Like

It's you I like.
It's not the things you wear
It's not the way you do your hair
But it's you I like.

The way you are right now
The way down deep inside you
Not the things that hide you
Not your toys
They're just beside you.

But it's you I like.
Every part of you
Your skin, your eyes, your feelings
Whether old or new.

I hope that you'll remember
Even when you're feeling blue
That it's you I like
It's you yourself
It's you 
It's you I like!

by Mister Fred Rogers

Lastly, we are so pleased to take part in a special all ages book club celebrating R.J. Palacio's Wonder.  Children may read this book with their parents and come to the discussion on Wednesday, March 25 from 10-11am, Thursday March 26 from 6:30-7:30 pm, or Monday, March 30 from 6:30-7:30 pm.  There will be snacks and a surprise activity.  We are also giving away some really fun prizes.  Just write down an act of kindness on one of our kindness tabs and turn it into the circulation desk for a chance to win.  

Just remember that being kind always pays whether you win a prize or not.