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Celebrating National Library Week with The Library Adventure

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I have been a contributor to Vicki Arnold’s The Library Adventure for awhile and I am so proud to be a part of such a wonderful site.

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The Library Adventure was founded by Vicki Arnold in 2013 when she was faced with the quandary of how to fit her love of the library and books into her already bursting at the seams blogging schedule. She wanted a place for others to share their library finds with other bibliophiles.

As she started brainstorming, the idea kept growing and The Library Adventure was born. The Library Adventure strives to be a go-to resource for both library patrons and librarians. While The Library Adventure is for library fans of all ages, there is a special focus on children. I am not alone as a contributor, there are many wonderful bloggers and writers who contribute and you can get to know them here.

In honor of National Library Week (April 13-19) I thought I would shine the spotlight on Vicki’s amazine site, and recap some of the book jumps and activities I have done on The Library Adventure along with a few of my favorite posts from other contributors.


Having Fun with The Penderwicks!


The Penderwicks: A summer Tale of Four Sisters,Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall is filled with adventure, mystery, suspense, friendships, and villains–all of these ingredients mixed together make the best summer ever for the Penderwick sisters Rosalind, Jane, Skye, and Batty. Rosalind, the oldest, assumes the responsibility of taking care of her younger sisters. Jane just wants to have fun and enjoy the outdoors. Skye wants to finish her novel. And Batty…wants to be a butterfly. When they arrive at Arundel Hall for the summer with their Botanist father and their dog, Hound, the girls had no clue what was awaiting them behind the high walls of the Arundel house. Read article in its entirety HERE.

A Day With Pippi Longstocking {Hands On Activity and bookjump}

Pippi lives all alone in a large yellow and pink house, her mother died when she was a baby and her father is lost at sea somewhere but expected to return. Pippi fills her days with pancakes, games, dancing, and many other antics. Her best friends are a monkey named Nilsson and a white horse she lets in the house and sleep in the living room. She supports herself with her suitcase full of gold coins. Clearly, she needs no one and is very capable of handling every detail of life on her own. Read the rest of the article HERE.

Note: Myself and intern Hannah Rials had SO much fun creating this Hands On Activity! Let’s see if your family can create their own “Long Stockings!”


The Otter, the Spotted Frog and the Great Flood Activity

Over the years my family has enjoyed reading a variety of “great flood” tales from our local Blount County Library. This month found us enjoying the Creek Indian version called, The Otter, the Spotted Frog and the Great Flood by Gerald Hausman and beautifully illustrated by Ramon Shiloh.

In this version, spotted frog announces to the world that a great flood is coming which will destroy all of their homes. All of the animals ignore spotted frog’s warning, except an otter named Listener. Read the rest of the article HERE.


Hands-On Activities for Mama Panya’s Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya

We recently picked up a wonderful book from the Blount County library, this wonderful Kenyan Tale called, “Mama Panya’s Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya” by Mary and Rich Chamberlin, Illustrated by Julia Cairns.

This beautiful heart warming story shares the great message of “give and you shall receive.“ As Mama Panya and her young son Adika walk to the market, Adika invites every friend he meets to come and eat pancakes with him and his mother. Read the rest of the article HERE.



**Tops Picks from other Library Adventure Contributors**


Hands-On Activity for Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears

Hands-On Activities for Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears at

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears tells the tale of the mosquito. This little creature begins the story by attempting to tell his friend iguana about a farmer digging yams. The grumpy iguana doesn’t believe the tall tale his friend is telling so he puts two sticks in his ears and walks away in a huff. As the other animals pass by the iguana they are confused about his actions. Iguana has no idea he sets off a chain of unfortunate events impacting all of the animals in the forest.

Hands-on Activity for Around the World in 80 Days

Hands-on Activity for Around the World in 80 Days

As Jules Verne’s story Around the World in Eighty Days opens we are introduced to the main character – Phileas Fogg:

“Mr. Phileas Fogg lived, in 1872, at No. 7, Saville Row, Burlington Gardens. He was one of the most noticeable members of the Reform Club, though he seemed always to avoid attracting attention; an enigmatical personage, about whom little was known, except that he was a polished man of the world.”  Read the full article HERE.

Be sure and visit The Library Adventure to find even more delightful book reviews and hands-on activities!

2 thoughts on “Celebrating National Library Week with The Library Adventure

  1. Thank you so much for sharing about The Library Adventure! I am so blessed by the great team of writers. Thank you for all your work! 🙂

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