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Monday, July 14, 2014

Welcome to the Magic

La la la...(glass shattering)
I work in the youth services department here for one reason - to hang out with the people who really know a thing or two about life - the kids!  Kids have the best taste in movies, books, everything!  So I do my best to follow what they enjoy reading and watching.  Like most kids, I grew up watching Disney movies and tv shows, and continue to watch them to this day.  I am down for going to almost any new Disney movie at the theater, and will most likely watch and sing (poorly) along with it until my family pleads with me to just turn it off....(Let it go, let it go....sound familiar anyone?)  Part of my fascination with Disney comes from my interest in folk and fairy tales.  If I could read nothing else for the rest of my life, I would be content reading volumes of folk and fairy tales every single day.  Some people dislike Disney for changing how many fairy tales end, but I just see the Disney version as another retelling of stories that have been passed down for generations.

Now believe it or not, with my love of all things Disney, I have never been to any Disney related place before - so no Disneyland or Disneyworld for me.  But that's alright - I still have plenty of time to get there.  Anyway, did you know that Disneyland, the only theme park designed and built under Walt Disney's supervision, was opened on July 17, 1955?  That was 59 years ago!  So, in honor of the anniversary, I thought we would celebrate all things Disney.

There are all kinds of ways to bring Disney into your life.  For instance, we have many Disney movies that can be checked out.  You too can watch them over and over again until your family joyously returns the DVD on the due date.

We also have numerous books based on Disney characters.  Now, if you are like me, you may be more interested in the man behind the cartoons, in which case, you might want to check out some of the fabulous biographies we own about Walt Disney.

I think I like this idea best though.  Pick out your favorite Disney movie.  I know many of you will be picking Frozen right now, so we will use that as our example.  Frozen is based on fairy tale, the Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson.  Find a bunch of different versions, like Breadcrumbs or Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, and read them.  Now, make up your own version and write a new story.  What elements of the story would need to be in your version to make it still recognizable as the Snow Queen or Frozen?  Would you keep all the same characters?  Remember any reading you do counts towards our Summer Reading Program - Fizz, Boom, Read!

Finally, I can't think of anything better than having a Disney party to celebrate.  Dress up as your favorite character.  Bake some cookies, pop some popcorn, and act out your favorite scenes.  It will be a whale of a wing-ding...or a really fun party!

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Walt Disney Biographies
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