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Photo Friday: Library Adventures

May 1st, 2009 by bsmith | Filed under San Diego Day Trips, Smith Family Misadventures.
Jared's Favorite Painting @ Canon Art Gallery, Carlsbad California

Jared's Favorite Painting @ Canon Art Gallery, Carlsbad California

Lately I have had several library adventures with and without preschoolers.  At first, this may not seem like an unlikely subject for family travel.  Usually travelers with children don’t head to the library when the reach their destination, but perhaps they should.

I became one of the most voracious readers the world  has ever seen because a kind librarian in Hawaii.  When my family spent a summer sabbatical in Hawaii the year after I finished second grade, she took the time to  find interesting books at my reading level.   I don’t rember too much about snorkeling or sandy beaches from my Hawaiian getaway.  What I do remember  are cracking coconuts with my Dad and the books about Blaze the valiant horse and his young owner that I read on my own summer.

Here in Carlsbad we are blessed with two great libraries.  Year round they offer puppet shows and story times.  The Dove Library also houses a small art gallery.  In the summer there are fun special events including an overnight campout in the library , magic shows, and a visit from lots of crazy critters.  Now that the kids are old enough to enjoy it all, I plan to spend the summer playing tourist in my own town and attending some of these events.

Last week I made three very different library visits.  One day , I was able to sneak away to the library by myself.  I took the opportunity  to pop into the art gallery and take some photos .  Later that week, I joined my two preschoolers for a preschool fieldtrip which included a  guided tour of the Cole library located just east of downtown Carlsbad.  Yesterday in a moment of foolishness, I attempted to take Destiny age 5 and Jared age 4 to the Cannon Art Gallery at the Dove Library.

Considering we arrived with 20 kids, the preschool library fieldtrip was somewhat successful.  We arrived early, but the Cole library has a beautiful grassy area  that invites running around as well as picnic benches and a little garden.  Here are some fun photos of Destiny and Jared getting their energy out before settling down for the tour.

destiny-in-motionjared-in-motion

The tour was a bit challenging with that many kids, but they did surprisingly well.  One of the highlights was the Carlsbad History Room . The librarian shared a letter written by Santa at the turn of the century.  Seems at that time he delivered presents by motor car…hmm. 

Cole Librarian Reads a Vintage Letter from Santa, Carlsbad California

Cole Librarian Reads a Vintage Letter from Santa, Carlsbad California

 Emboldened by the success of the Library fieldtrip, I decided to stop by the Cannon Art Gallery with Destiny and Jared later in the week.  I have always been a big fan of Chicana Artist Carmen Lomas Garza.  The kids have her children’s book Family Pictures .  I knew that my preschoolers would enjoy the bright colors of  Cardinal Points:Puntos Cardinales, the exhibit of Mexican and Chicano art on display at the Dove Library until May 8th.  Well they did enjoy it…way too much!  They loved the paintings so much that they wanted to touch them, much to my chagrin and that of the gallery employee who shadowed us throughout our visit.  They  were so enthralled by each work of art that they rushed from painting to painting.    With one child I might have made it work.  With two wiggly preschoolers, I gave up after a short visit.  I have read that other  travel bloggers prep their kids by role playing art gallery at home.  We may give that a try before our next museum outing.

Off to Seattle on business next week, so you may not hear from me for a while, dear readers.  Until then enjoy a few more beautiful works of art and be sure to check out Delicious Baby’s Photo Friday http://tinyurl.com/dxmpjo when you have a chance.

The Carmen Lomas Garza Work That Inspired Our Visit

The Carmen Lomas Garza Work That Inspired Our Visit

The Kids Loved the Whimsical Shapes and Colors of the Houses and Trees

The Kids Loved the Whimsical Shapes and Colors of the Houses and Trees

As you enjoy your summer, make sure you make some time for your own library adventures.

Happy Trails,

Bridget

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