Monday, June 23, 2008
I always enjoy working our special events because I often get to work up in the gift shop. That may not seem like a treat, but it affords me the rare opportunity to actually look our visitors in the eye, engage in conversation, and learn a little more about the guests who walk through our doors. For instance, we had a lovely couple from Frisco here who were celebrating their 5th wedding anniversary. We had another woman from Keller who just turned 40...and brought her family out here as a treat. We had a couple who brought family members here from out of town. We had folks from California, South Dakota, and Aledo and Burleson, Texas. It was a great mix!
As the Village educator, much of my job is spent "behind the scenes" planning activities and programs. "It's All Fun and Games" when I get to meet our fantastic patrons firsthand.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Museum and Library Programs Can Slow Summer
For many children, summer holds the promise of swimming pools and summer camps. But parents know that it’s also a time when children can lose valuable educational gains made during the school year -- an average student who doesn’t read or engage in other learning opportunities can lose as much as 2.5 months of learning over the summer! The nation’s libraries and museums stand ready to help children and youth enjoy exciting summer time activities and retain their educational gains.
“We encourage families to participate in the low- and no-cost museum and library programs that are available in virtually every state,” said Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). “The programs are so much fun. In addition to outstanding reading programs, museums and libraries offer arts and craft making, games, family nights, contests, and prizes. There are also visits by authors, story tellers, scientists, and educational entertainers.”
Libraries have been as busy as bees: Catch the Reading Bug is the theme for this year‘s National Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) reading program. For teens, the theme is Metamorphosis. The program’s 46 state members provide high-quality, low-cost summer reading program materials for children. IMLS funds many of the programs through the Library Services and Technology Act.
“Summer is a great time of year for children to choose books and discover the true joys of reading,” Radice said. “Many libraries have adult reading programs and intergenerational programs, so the whole family can participate.”
Many states customize their summer reading themes. For example, the Colorado State Library is partnering with the non-profit Butterfly Pavilion on an activity page that may be used as an admission “ticket” to the Butterfly Pavilion in August and September. Other states have followed suit:
Museums are also swinging into action. Many children’s museums, science centers, zoos and aquariums participate in reciprocity programs so your membership at one gets you free admission or other perks at others. IMLS supports many summer museum programs, including:
“By taking their kids to libraries and museums, parents can minimize the effects of summer vacation on learning,” Radice said. "Libraries and museums are also a great place to meet new friends and build social networks in person and online. It’s fun for everyone."
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Enjoy the photos (note: clicking on any of the photos will open up a larger slideshow which you can control the speed on)
Monday, June 9, 2008
Recently, however, we have greeted a NEW family to our grounds: a male, female, and two little baby gray foxes. The Village People (our staff members, not the singing group) eagerly await the appearance of the cute little critters. They (the foxes, not the Village People) stay primarily within the fenced off area around the Howard Cabin...but occasionally come out to cast a curious gaze upon their human neighbors.
Our guests needn't worry, however. Reliable sources indicate that the foxes will not harm the cats (or children). We don't know how long the fox family will be here...but we're sure enjoying their stay!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008: IT’S ALL FUN AND GAMES Log Cabin Village, 2100 Log Cabin Village Lane, Fort Worth. 817.392.5881. http://www.logcabinvillage.org/. 1:00—4:00 p.m.
Come and play some games the way Texans did in the 1800s. We'll have rolling hoops, Jacob’s Ladders, buzz saws, graces, mancala, jacks, and more! You can even make your own stick and ring toy to take home. No reservations required. Cost is regular Village admission plus a $2 craft fee.