Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Literary Tourism

For those of you who don't know me in real life, one semi-interesting fact about me is that although I grew up in Downers Grove, Illinois, my parents currently reside in Adrian, Michigan, as they have since I was in college.  Therefore, when I "go home" for the holidays, I am returning to a town where I have never actually lived.

Adrian is a small town, and although it is not without its charms (and two colleges!), it would not be considered a popular tourist destination.  Which is of exactly zero importance to Elijah.  Between my parents' two dogs, their big backyard, and ample floor space for running in circles, my little man is more than content to hang around the house while we are there.  Sometimes it is nice to get out, though, and with the thermometer topping 90 degrees these days, indoor destinations are best.

Fortunately for us, there is one place that Elijah is always happy to visit: the local library.  In this case, the Lenawee County Library, to be exact.  In less than a week, we have been twice.  Once, to check out some books for the week (Henry and Mudge is the current favorite series), and the following day to check out story time.

As a bonus (as though shelves full of books weren't enough!), this library had a whole rack of puppets plus a rack of puzzles.  Elijah made his first attempts at puzzles that didn't have a hole for each individual piece, and although the duck one pictured above was a bit too challenging, there were some vehicle ones as well that were more his speed.

I love the idea of becoming library tourists, wandering the stacks here, there, and everywhere as we travel as a family in the coming years.  Perhaps I am being too idealistic, and the day will come soon when spending an afternoon at the library won't be my children's idea of a good time.  Until then, though, if it's vacation, and it's too hot, too rainy, or just time to get out of the house, you'll know where to find us.

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