Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Every Friday at 10:30 AM. Placerville Main Library (California). I was there with my daughter-in-law and grandson. He is 3 1/2. Thirty five children sat without moving, enthralled. I was, too. Two librarians offered the program of story books and puppet skits. They invited the children to stand and sing along. They urged all to respond to simple questions raised in the books. No one cried. No one left early. The program captured us. Storytime at the library is a women's world. Mothers and grandmothers, many with babies in their arms guided the children to the craft tables after the program. The craft was with coffee filters and magic markers. Each child colored a filter, and then took it to the librarian who sprayed it with water, causing the colors to blur into a pretty pattern. Groups of children moved outside to play on the lawn. Women followed, finding a place to sit along a stone wall. This is a safe world. These mothers make it safe. They are vigilant. Their job is mothering. They do it well. I'm glad I had a chance to spend the morning with them.