Pic and I visited the Merced County Library yesterday. It didn't seem like too much from the outside, but I was almost immediately in love when we walked in. I just got an open, homey feeling.
There were plenty of fun posters on the walls. I wanted to take pictures of all of them, but I only got one:
The kids' area was pretty straight forward. Pic and I quickly gathered a stack of books. There wasn't much in the way of activities, but I barely noticed this and Pic certainly didn't complain. (I meant to see if there were games to check out/play while we were sitting there, but we didn't have time for that.) There were a few computers, but kids need to have their own library cards to use them. (Pic has had a library card for quite some time...for our home library system.)
After playing in and around the caterpillar, Pic was reading for some reading.
"Okay, now take a picture of me sleeping on the caterpillar."
Among the books in our stack was Bippity Bop Barbershop by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and illustrated by E. B. Lewis. I loved this book. It was hearfelt and simple.
More than that, though, this book is about a dad and son sharing a significant life experience: the boy's first barbershop haircut. This is a kind of rite of passage for the son and the other men in the shop are there to witness it.
I'm always interested in how dads are portrayed in media and the dad in this book is such a great figure. He's supportive and patient and the son looks up to him as if he's the greatest person alive.
Pic and I read scads of picture books featuring young kids: books about kids and their moms, books about kids and their siblings, books about kids and their classmates, books about kids and their parents. We rarely see books that feature kids and their dads. (There is the early Berenstain Bears book, The Bike Lesson, which cracks us up, but Bippity Bop Barbershop is a very sincere and charming look at the father-son relationship.)
We didn't get to the library until about an hour-and-a-half before closing, so we weren't really there very long. We might squeeze in another visit while we're in the area. If we do, I'll check out what else the children's area has to offer. Like these mission projects: