Saturday, October 25, 2008

Second Graders visit the Library

The Nyquist Elementary second grade, along with their teachers Mrs. Exsted, Mrs. Perron and Mrs. Petty visited the Mille Lacs Lake Community Library on October 24th. To make the day doubly fun, the children visited the Isle Police Station which is also in the Isle City Center.

We were especially pleased to have the opportunity to share with the children all the joys and responsibilities that come with having a library card. I tried to impress upon them that the library is a place that everyone can go and everyone can find a book they like. I showed them some of the different kinds of books that are available. For the children that had filled out a form, they were able to pick up their library card.

We hope that the children will tell their parents about the library and that they will take the time to get to know the wonderful resources that the library has to offer. We gave each of the 37 children a bookmark and an hours card.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


My husband, Jim Johnson, and I just returned from a marvelous trip to Seattle. We took the train out, leaving St.Paul at around 10:30 p.m. and arriving at Glacier National Park in Montana at 8:30 the following evening. We had two beautiful days of hiking there before getting back on the train and heading for Seattle. We got on at 8:30 p.m. again and arrived in Seattle around 10:00 a.m. After a brief snafu related to car rental, we were in our PT Cruiser and on our way up to the ferry at Anacortes. We ferried out to Orcas Island--possibly the most beautiful place in America. After two luxurious days in a huge cabin, we ferried back to the mainland and then drove down to Mt. Rainier. We spent a few days there, hiking before returning our rental car in the city. We dropped off our bags at the Moore Hotel and then walked the city, stopping at the Seattle Art Museum and the public library. It really is a beautiful library, but the best part about it was the warm reception that I got from the librarians and workers there. We enjoyed the Pike's Place Market and the Music Experience in the rain the next day. Our final day, we took a bus to the Fremont area. We went to an Octoberfest there. Looking around we found ourselves to be the oldest looking people at the event Oh well, we old geezers can still have fun.