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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Singing in the Rain

Rain, rain, go away....yes, it is rain season folks.  A little rain today, a lot of rain tomorrow - pretty soon, we might just float away!  But all this rain is to be expected this time of year, and while it may be raining cats and dogs, the library is open, rain or shine.  (See what I did there - two rain idioms in one sentence!)

Now that's a big cookie!
Now don't get me wrong.  I love a good old thunderboomer now and then.  Dark skies, a flash of lightning, and a rumble of thunder that can shake a whole house makes for a cozy afternoon.  I have two favorite things to do when those big old cloud bursts strike - bake chocolate chip cookies and read a fabulous book while they are in the oven.  This has been the routine since I was a little one, and when I see those dark skies rolling in, I am quick to find a good book and a baking sheet.

Of course, in every life a little rain must fall, and so when the electricity goes out, and the electric oven won't work, you have to come up with something else to do.  Well folks, I've got you covered.  Luckily a book can be read no matter the electric situation.  In fact, that's another story.  Our electric had been out for more than 24 hours and it continued to rain.  I was a wee little one, bored to tears after being trapped in the house so long.  And then my dad came home from work, and he had a brand new book full of fairy tales, songs, and beautiful pictures.  I sat for hours with that book, even after the lights came back on.  It just goes to show you what a great book can do for a kid.  Point of the story, go to the library and check out some awesome books to read alone or as a family!
Who'll Stop the Rain?

Got a closet full of board games?  Pull one out and get playing!  Board games or even card games are a great way to occupy the time, but still spend some good old fashioned quality time together.  Don't have any board games?  Come on in to the library, and we have a bunch you can play right here!

Build a fort!  You're probably hiding under the covers already when the thunder starts to rumble (scaredy cat) so take advantage and construct a fort.  Blankets, rope, boxes, pillows, books - pretty much anything can be used in fort building.

Well, that will keep you busy folks while the lights are out and the lightning is striking.  If all else fails, singing in the rain isn't too bad.

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Fairy tales
Rainy day picture books

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