Our guide, Ms Pat (complete with pith helmet!) opens up Rainforest Week (Oct 13-19).
Singer-songwriter, Chris Vallillo, tunes up one of his guitars. Check out his website at www.ginridge.com
Only one of many ways to enjoy a book.
The biggest of the three cool murals from the exhibit.
Ms Mary reads "If I Ran the Rain Forest."
From Chris' website, about the Lincoln program: "It is an extensively researched, historically accurate program. Chris uses period music Lincoln may well have known and sung, and Lincoln 's own stories to illustrate his life and put it into context."
The stats on this mural are unbelievable!
Part of his instrument arsenal, along with two guitars, the mouth harp....
What "family" reading is all about.
With Ms Mary's able assistance--and waaaaay cool hat!-- Ms Pat reads, "The Parrot Tico Tango."
Tico Tango the parrot does a little dance at the end of the story, after the fruit incident is resolved!
What a face!
"Under the Kapok Tree" (with its beautiful illustrations) is the final story.
Is Ms Mary a cool parrot, or what!?!
This "rainforest pharmacy" mural samples the 120 prescription drugs derived from plants--it's fascinating!
Crafts and munchies are integral parts of all kid's programs.
"Hummingbird nectar," banana chips, mangoes, dates, figs, grapes and other healthy yummies keep the kids and parents energized enough to complete their craft projects.
A photograph of the newspaper photographer photographing.
Sir Kwain's chivalry chart.
Sir Kwain, at parade-rest, waiting for the kids to arrive.
Check out his shield.
It's a library program: Of course, there's a book display!
Since no real dragons were available...
The good Knight explains the meaning of the items on his shield.
The good Knight shows off his sword.
Audience participation is essential, and a whole lotta kids wanted to try on this dragon head!!!
All the kids were instructed to lie down and ready themselves for the marshmallow launch.
Our budding catapultist!
A display of swordsmanship, as Sir Kwain readies to take this pumpkin out .....
..... with minimal mess! A very clean slice, indeed.
The audience wants to check out this suit of armor up close and personal.
The serious sword-crafting begins.
Look at the intensity!!!
..... and the dulcimer.
Even the grownups want to try on the dragon head!
Of course, there were crafts for the kids: construction of top hats and fuzzy beards.
They look so cute when they put on their creations!
A practical how-to on the mouth harp.