i heart south bowie library

i just recently discovered the south bowie library because of a homeschool chess club meeting.

it’s such a lovely library.
i love all the energy saving elements of the building including all the vitamin D boosting natural light.
i love the fireplace.
i love that you can checkout an iPad to use in the building.
i love the huge kids section.
i love the cafe area where you can eat a meal or snack.
i love this sensory area for the little ones.


i could literally spend all day there.
i think i might put this down on my summer bucket list
for when it gets too hot and humid to do anything
but veg out on good books, movies and the internet.

hej, martin!


mercyGirl attended a workshop with Martin Widmark, author of the Whodunit Detective Agency Series, to learn how to plan a detective story and find out a little about his native country, Sweden. this workshop was part of the kids euro festival.

because we got there on time (snicker) mercyGirl got to spend some one-on-one time with Martin before the rest of the children arrived. mercyGirl shared her most recent story with him, and Martin showed her his book in which he writes down plans and ideas for his children’s books.

tack så mycket (thanks very much) for sharing your techniques with the children, Martin.

tales to tell at new carrollton library


if you love a good story
come to Tales to Tell at New Carrollton Library
on Thursdays, 4 – 4:30pm,
until the end of October.
children ages 6 – 9 (and their siblings)
can listen, discuss and compare books
that take classic stories like Goldilocks and the Three Bears
and give them a fresh, quirky twist like
Goldilocks and Just One Bear (by Leigh Hodgkinson)
or Goatilocks and the Three Bears (by Erica Perl)
or Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas (by Natasha Yim).

we visit our local library on a weekly basis
so we just end up incorporating this big kid story time into our visit.
afterwards, Ms. Marcie always has the books she has read
along with other suggestions available for children
to check out and read at home.

In what ways do you encourage the love of reading in your home?

library of congress 2014 national book festival

we’ve got swag, yes we do;
we’ve got swag, how about you?


we were able to last about an hour and a half
in the crowd of literature lovers
at the 2014 National Book Festival.

the girls visited every table
in the Pavilion of States
getting stamps,  stickers and signatures from every state, DC, and the US territories.

one day we are actually going to have the stamina
to attend an author’s talk
and stand in line to get a book signed.