The Lakeview library hosted a petting zoo yesterday afternoon so we walked down the hill for a visit. Emma was way into it and after five or so minutes had to be taken out so the little furry creatures would continue to live, safely away from her clutches. And yes the libraries are the place to be in the summer. I heard one librarian say that pretty much their whole budget is spent on these summer activities!
Emma loved all of the animals but was excited about funny aspects like the ducks drinking water. She ran up to them and excitedly called “puddle ducks!” This kid loves Beatrix Potter. ^_^
Yesterday was a busy one for us. We woke up and jumped on a bus to go and see and puppet show. It was showing at the Temescal library as part of the Oakland summer reading program. It was a riff off the Three Little Pigs and we loved it! Temescal children’s library is the most fun to visit because they have the amount of toys and manipulatives that a pre-school would offer. Clover likes the kitchen toys best and pretended to be a little mama.
For lunch we had a taco with rice and beans at Cholita Linda. Delicious food at a cute patio table covered with oilcloth. We visited some of our old favorites on Temescal and some new ones. I love Book/Shop but going in their with Emma makes for a brief visit. We found a secret garden and a apothecary shop as well in the Alley. Lastly we went to the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse and bought more blocks. We gave them a good bath when we got home. ^_^
The Mocha art class is Wednesdays starting at 1:30 p.m. in the main library. We crashed it today and despite a little two-year-old behavior is was a total success. Emma Clover used pastels and cut with scissors for the first time! It was an activity where kids learned how to make pop-up cards. Also there were markers and pencils and lots of paper for drawing and creating. I had a lot of fun too. ^_^