Summer Reading Travels – Webster Parish Libraries, Tuesday, June 30, 2009


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6-30-09 Performing "How Funky is Your Chicken" at the library in Minden

6-30-09 Performing "How Funky is Your Chicken" at the library in Minden

Friends:

This week my niece, Ashlynn, is traveling with Eliana and me. Our first show was at the main library in Minden, Louisiana. When we arrived, we were given the royal treatment. Three muscled men carried in all my equipment. Sweet! Here is Ashlynn and Eliana with Mr. Richard, one of the men who helped us. He is a tall 6 feet 7 inches! He and his wife are having a baby in December – if it’s a girl, her name will be “Ashlynn.” How coincidental is that?!

6-30-09 The Girls with Tall Mr. Richard

6-30-09 The Girls with Tall Mr. Richard

Sharon Reader, the sweet children’s librarian, had the room ready and cold bottled water. Thank you so much! Though the crowd was smaller than usual, I had an energetic group of kids who loved to participate.

6-30-09 Taking pictures with fans at the Minden library

6-30-09 Taking pictures with fans at the Minden library

After our show, Eliana, Ashlynn & I went to Moody’s Cafe. It is a tradition that was begun long ago by former children’s librarian, Jennifer Purdy. Thank you, Jennifer! Moody’s is a small “hole in the wall” house restaurant with the most delicious Southern cooking you will taste! I had fried chicken, turnip greens & purple hull peas. Eliana and Ashlynn shared a plate of chicken fried steak, broccoli and cheese, and sweet yams. I always look forward to the “hot water cornbread,” torpedo-shaped pieces of cornbread that are baked and then deep fried. So bad… and so good!!!

6-30-09 Southern Lunch @ Moody's Cafe

6-30-09 Southern Lunch @ Moody's Cafe

Here is Eliana enjoying coconut AND chocolate pies. How can you NOT taste both?!!

6-30-09 Eliana eats coconut and chocolate pies at Moody's

6-30-09 Eliana eats coconut and chocolate pies at Moody's

After rolling out of Moody’s, we headed to Springhill, which is located on the Arkansas border. We had such a great crowd at Springhill. Camp kids, parent-brought kids, and grandparent-brought kids filled the room.

6-30-09 Silly Crowd at Springhill

6-30-09 Silly Crowd at Springhill

We all had a great time getting creative and rockin’ out at the library.

6-30-09 Performing "The Princess Pat" at the library in Springhill

6-30-09 Performing "The Princess Pat" at the library in Springhill

After the show, I treated the girls to ice cream at AmJenn’s Soups and Scoops. They both ate birthday cake ice cream.

6-30-09 Ashlynn & Eliana @ AmJenn's Soups & Scoops

6-30-09 Ashlynn & Eliana @ AmJenn's Soups & Scoops

After ice cream, we drove into Arkansas. Okay, we just crossed the border but we can say we hit two states today! LOL

6-30-09 Welcome to Arkansas

6-30-09 Welcome to Arkansas

Then I drove three hours to our destination – Vernon Parish (Leesville, Louisiana). After that long drive, it was nice to dip in the Olympic size swimming pool.

Thank you Webster Parish Libraries. We had fun in Minden and Springhill.

Until next time…

Warmly, Dianne