Friday, April 24, 2009

Two loves

Philip chanced upon our dear son in this pose. These days the hat hardly comes off (hence the 10 year old browny kind of color), the glove goes most places, even if it has to stay in the car or a cubby, and the uniform must constantly be cleaned. Our son is in love with baseball. He plays T-ball, but he is learning to like baseball in the way aficionados like it--you know the type: statistics, differences in uniform over time, players from different times, etc. True to form, he gleans much of this from books checked out from the library, though he also has a weak spot for! Here I think the book is not baseball-related, so he's combining his two loves in simultaneous pursuit of two subjects.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

New Library

A little over a week ago we went to Hurley School in La Puente, where the whole school was gathered to celebrate the grand opening of its new library. The school had received seed money from a foundation that raises money for school libraries, so the school--with the help of the district, private donors, a hard-working library committee, and a dedicated, handsome, and loving principal--renovated two classrooms and designed a beautiful and spacious new library. There is a raked seating area to fit an entire class and a "cozy" alcove that includes an electric fireplace (this seemed to the favorite place on opening day). We enjoyed listening to the children read poems and essays, sing, and play musical instruments. We were impressed with the new mariachi band, and the percussion group was fabulous! Here are OP, Grandma, and Grandpa with the shelves named in their honor.