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Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Readers

As teachers, it is very important to Dave and me that our kids develop a healthy love of reading. We figured we would start them really young. Here are Ben and Jack catching up on world events by reading the newspaper this evening.

Today, I took Mairead for her first visit to the library. This trip was very special to me because when I was young, my grandfather used to take me to the Pollard Memorial Library in Lowell all the time. I loved reading and I loved our special trips together. He always took me to lunch after at a place called Tatsios' that is no longer around. The owner, John Tatsios, used to give me a roll of Lifesavers if I ate all of my lunch (and even if I didn't). Those are some of my favorite memories and I wanted to share a little bit of that with my daughter.
There are some really big, really fun steps to climb on the way in to the library.

She LOVED the children's section. There were puzzles and blocks, and a million books that you could just take off the shelves and look at as much as you want. She picked out one at a time, looked at each page, and then tried to put it back in place before moving on to a new one. She did sit on my lap and 'read' one with me, which was a big deal because sitting still is not her favorite activity. We had a really nice trip together and I hope we can go back again soon. Thanks to Mairead's Nana for staying with the boys so we could have some Mother-Daughter time. The library is stroller friendly, so maybe the boys can come with us some time.

The other night, our neighbor, Connor, came to visit with his mom. Rick and Cheryl live next door and Connor is only 19 days older than the boys- though you would never know it by looking at them! The boys are growing so well, but they are still on the small side for their age. At birth, though, Connor weighed almost as much as Jack and Ben did put together! It will be great to have another little boy next door to play with!

Editor's note- there is a doll in the foreground- not a baby that wasn't getting any attention. :)


The Plateniks said...

Now that you mention it, I HAD heard that early reading is important... Looks like a great library, especially for long winter months. Glad you got some mom/Mairead time.

Joseph "Connor" said...

Connor loves the library, too. So many puzzles, so little time! He wants me to add that Mairead better not get frisky with that "other" Connor...he is WAY too young for her.

Terry Family said...

What a totally adorable picture of the boys! They are getting so big and so is Mairead. It's a good thing you added that disclaimer! That doll really looked like a baby! Happy reading!

Mrs. Smith said...

I lived in Lowell for a year; Brittany was in 1st grade, Albert had not started kindergarten yet, and I was a stay-at-home mom. Albert and I went to that exact library every other day! We lived at the Mills apartments and would walk there. I think it's one of the most beautiful buildings ever! You've brought back some fond memories. Miss you and I hope all is well.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I was just checking out the updates and saw the library pics for the first time. Soo cute! Did you know that Sam Pollard was my godfather?! There's some omre Lowell trivia for ya!