Tuesday, December 13, 2011

If You Have a Garden and a Library, Part I

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." --Cicero

We had a splash of a time the other night when we celebrated Adrian's first birthday. At the library.

What better place to take a child, especially to the children's hour where warm, kind, energetic, and book-loving librarians read and dance and sing with the wee ones? What better place, next to parents reading to their children, fosters an early love for books that will then surge through their bloodstreams throughout their lives?

Going to the library is a regular habit for Adrian and Angelica. Mommy takes them to scheduled children's hours during morning times. Daddy takes them on Wednesday evenings to another. That's where they decided to hold the party, since Adrian's birthday happened to fall on the same day. "Why not have the party here?" librarian Miss Amy said. Miss Amy loves Adrian. She loves all the children.

So that's how we ended up having cupcakes, juice, birthday songs, Christmas picture book stories, friends and family, laughter and celebration all bubbling over together in a room full of books.

Even Nelson was there. Nelson? Nelson loves libraries, too. He's a neighbor, friend, and therapy dog who just happens to be very familiar with Adrian and Angelica's library. For he is part of a therapy program where children who have difficulty reading come and read...to him. Such dog reading assistance programs are designed to help children develop reading skills in a relaxed environment. Dogs, after all, make good listeners, are patient, and always give A's for effort. (If you're interested in reading about such programs, check out "Can a Dog Help Your Child Read?" You can find it here.)

Thus it was a special evening. As Cicero said, if you have a garden and a library you have everything you need. And the garden part? Stay tuned. There's a story there, too.

Any special stories, get-togethers, or gatherings that have come your way lately?


  1. Love this idea! I plan to pass it along to some moms I know.

    No gardens or libraries in my life lately, but my newest granddaughter was baptized last weekend. With aunts and uncles, two sets of grandparents and her great-grandparents all looking on, she was an angel in her little white dress. For me, there's something so special about a christening. It reminds us of our roots and gives promise of the future. Our family line will continue, long after I'm gone, through Kayla and her brother Solomon and through their cousins Ethan and Gavin. What a blessing!

  2. What a fantastic way to spend a birthday!


  3. What a lovely idea for a birthday! We have a therapy dog visit our library as well, and it's such a fantastic idea. Someone needs to write a book about the m :)

  4. I tried posting this on Amy's facebook page!