Lois Lowry wrote some of my all-time favorite books. In my head, I'm still friends with Anastasia Krupnik. I wrote my Master's thesis on The Giver and Gathering Blue. Lowry answered questions today on Tumblr about her books and explained why books do not belong to their authors alone.
I think about those things all the time because those things happen all the time. But each time a reader picks up a book, he makes it into his own book. It isn’t what I have written, necessarily. He, the reader, adds in his own memories and imagination and dreams. This is as it should be. So I am not troubled by individual interpretations. -Lois
I'm so glad she feels that way, because I know I have taken her books for my own.
That's the sort of afternoon and evening we had yesterday in the Children's Room.
Steve Tomachek (A.K.A. "The Dirtmeister") regaled us with tales about scientific superheroes from Archimedes to Tesla and demonstrated some of their discoveries. Some in the audience found this made their hair stand on end:
We also found out that human beings are great conductors of electricity. this is shocking, in a good way:
We finished off our evening with a visit from two llamas and one alpaca from Hudson Valley Llamas. That certainly livened up our weekly Pajama Storytime! Many, many carrots were consumed by the llamas (see below):
Though we won't have llamas at the rest of the Pajama Storytimes this summer, we hope you'll join us on Thursday nights at 7:00. We'll wear out moose slippers, if you wear your jammies. Is that a deal?
Our llama friends are spending the day indoors so that they will be dry and happy when they visit us this evening.
Of course, we can't guarantee that it won't be raining at 7:00, but my personal weather forecaster claims that the bad weather is going to hold off until after 9:00.
The Llama Parade through the Library and out to our courtyard is slated to begin at 7:00. Come in your pajamas or come in your street clothes, but don't miss the Llama Drama tonight! (You might want to bring something to sit on, in case the ground isn't completely dry...)
Weather permitting, our Llama storytime will go as planned on Thursday July 9th at 7:00 PM. There is a chance of rain and thunderstorms on Thursday so feel free to contact the library to confirm if the program is on or has been postponed. We also suggest you bring something to sit on (blanket or chair), especially if we have rain earlier in the day and the ground is soft or wet.