Monday, January 10, 2011
MPL Children's Garden -- Nice Place to Visit (I Call It Home When I'm Around)
The children's garden at MPL is a nice place to hang around, except in winter when it is so very cold. But I'm used to the great outdoors and can tolerate weather that makes a slobberdog whimper for his mommy. Here is how it looked in December, 2007 (below). This is my digs when I'm chillin' (pun intended) outside the library.
I don't like being shut in tiny rooms, as The Lady With the Red Hair and Scowl-Face discovered when they kept me trapped in The Music Man's bedroom for a couple of weeks in December. I appreciate that they were giving me a warm place to crash and three squares a day--not shabby by any stretch of the imagination--but I must be a freedom feline. "Live Free or Die!" the New Hampshire state motto says. Some of those upper New England colonists were kitties, so you can take that to the bank. Seems like it gets rather cold up there, too. Freedom isn't always cozy, but it suits me to my whiskers.
So I'm back roughing it in the saddle, so to speak, and roving (as an ace reporter should) to dig up those interesting stories for you, my loyal readers. Let me tell you a little something about the children's garden. This is an outdoor area at the east end of the Youth Services department at the library. It is used for special programs, like reading aloud to young human patrons, which Wild Thang, the library's early literacy specialist, does quite well. Boys' Adventure Club might also meet there sometimes in warmer weather. The children's garden looks much friendlier in summertime, as it did in this July, 2008 photo (below) when the area was dedicated.
When I was looking for these pictures, I found another from December, 2007, that rubbed my fur the wrong way:
My old nemesis, the first faux fireplace. So it has been at the library for a long time. How many friendly felines and slobberdogs have stopped to rest their chilled, aching bones before this fraud? It makes me shudder to think of the travesty of it all.
Come late spring and early summer, I'm looking forward to spending more time in the children's garden when there will be lots of fun library happenings. You should stop by, too. Ask for refreshments. I know they have soda pop in the staff break room.
Visiting My Dream Garden,
Cauli Le Chat
MPL Roving Reporter
Secret Garden News Beat
P.S. Scowl-Face, that's called a segue. 'Tweenies (ages 9-12, I think), young adults (teenagers), and grown-up sorts will enjoy reading The Secret Garden, a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. (The copy The Lady With the Red Hair has was illustrated by Tasha Tudor.) We have a book trailer that tells a little about this great read:
Everybody has a secret garden somewhere inside. The prettiest are those that you can see and share with others.