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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 21, 2014

At the Library

An elephant ride to remember
By Jenisa Hanson, Washington Public Library | Aug 30, 2013

I was very excited when Dani Kane from the Washington Chamber of Commerce asked me to represent the library by riding an elephant in the Carson and Barnes circus. I was even more excited when Dani said the winner of my coloring contest could ride the elephant with me! The lucky winner was Kyann.

When I told her she had won the contest she literally jumped for joy. She kept saying “I knew I’d win, I knew I’d win! I am going to be famous!" At the circus Kyann ran up to me excitedly wearing a Cinderella dress and a crown! (I had asked her to dress up with me.) She looked so adorable. It was the perfect outfit to make her grand entrance on an elephant.

We were quickly escorted outside, up the stairs, and ready to get on Viola, the elephant. Kyann jumped on the elephant with no fear; she made it look so easy. You don’t realize how large and powerful elephants are until you are seated on top of one. Kyann anxiously waited to make our grand entrance, hardly containing her excitement. As we entered the ring people applauded and cheered. Kyann reveled in people cheering her name. When we exited the main tent and headed to the end of the ride, Kyann said, “Today was the best day of my life! I could hardly contain my joy; I just wanted to scream!” We quickly said goodbye to Viola and were escorted to our VIP seating. During the intermission a lady stopped by and asked Kyann if she was the little girl who rode the elephant. She excitedly replied, “Yes, that was me!” The lady pointed at me and asked if I was her mom. “No, she said. "That is my librarian!” Getting the opportunity to ride the elephant was awesome. But, having the experience with Kyann made me realize we should see things through a child’s perspective more often!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join Photography Club at the Washington Public Library. Photography Club meets the first and last Tuesday of the month, from 4 to 5 p.m. This club is open for grades six through 12. Come and learn how to capture your creativity! There is no registration required for this club.

The following new materials are available.

Gifts & Memorials

Outlaws From Afar (large print) by Max Brand, Light of the World (large print) by James Lee Burke, The Mayan Secrets by Clive Cussler, Union Pacific (large print) by Zane Grey, Rode Good Horses (large print) by D. B. Jackson, & Blind Justice by Anne Perry given in memory of David R. McDaniel

Adult Fiction

The Whol Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson, Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin, The Secret Keeper by Beverly Lewis, Blindsided by Fern Michaels, Evil Eye by Joyce Carol Oates, Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs, Deceived by Randy Wayne White

Large Print Fiction

Hotshot by Julie Garwood, The Night is Alive by Heather Graham, Stranded by Alex Kava

Easy Children's

Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Llama Llama & the Bully Goat by Anna Dewdney, Good night, Sleep Tight by Judy Horacek, Ah, Ha! by Jeff Mack, The Monster Returns by Peter McCarty, Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Bugs in my Hair! by David Shannon, Noni is Nervous by Heather Hartt Sussman, The Big Carrot by Satoe Tone, The Birthday Queen by Audrey & Don Wood

 

 

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