In which we go to the library and are surprised

Maren needed to run some errands downtown today, so I took the kids to the library to exchange some old, boring books for fresh, new, and exciting ones. We were able to pick new books fairly quickly (I got some fantasy novels, because that’s the kind of nerd I am, L apparently didn’t make it out of the children’s non-fiction, and K got some children’s fantasy books because that’s the kind of nerd I’m making out of him). On the way back out to the car, I noticed that the Children’s Book Festival was happening that afternoon. We’ve attended the festival in the past and had some time, so we dropped off the books in the car and headed upstairs for the Festival.

As in previous years, they had authors and illustrators set up to sign books and do drawings (among other fun activities). It was much less crowded this year, though, and therefore much more enjoyable.

This was A’s favorite part:

Clifford the Big Red Dog was also there and got many hugs from our toddler.

L. bought a copy of Rapunzel’s Revenge and had it signed by the illustrator, Nathan Hale. Hale was also doing portraits of anyone who asked (and waited 1/2 an hour in line). Here’s L getting her’s done. Note the somber expression.

K bought a copy of Brandon Mull’s Beyonders and had it signed by the author. I was waiting in line with the girls at the time, so no picture of that auspicious event. Instead, here’s one of my favorite part of any trip to the library–the post-library reading surge and general cessation of inter-sibling confrontations:


2 Comments on “In which we go to the library and are surprised”

  1. BK says:

    Where’s the “15 minutes later…” photo?

  2. Ruth says:

    Hey Brock, how do you feel about science fiction? I’m writing a science fiction book and I’ve meaning to talk to you about it because it is in your field. I’m hoping to get some help from you and some recommended reading.

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