Today I took Z.E.N. to the library. Our library offers a ton of activities for kids such as gaming on the Wii entertainment system, weekly craft projects and weekly story time sessions. Because so many schools are closed this week, they decided to offer a movie and popcorn. I’m always on the lookout for activities to keep him occupied so I naturally decided to take him to see the movie. The movie that was being featured was the movie Tangled.
When we arrived at the library, I was shocked to see so many children there. We arrived a few minutes early so Z.E.N. dragged me over to the children’s area. Noticing that all the computers and toys were being played with, I told him that we should probably walk over to the meeting room to wait for the movie to start. As soon as we walked over to the meeting room, people started lining up behind us. We happened to be first in line and were able to snag front row seats as well as some popcorn. You see, the library was not prepared. They were not expecting so many kids and so did not have enough popcorn for all the attendees, nor did they have enough chairs set up. Nevertheless, the room was pretty big so those who did not find a seat were able to find a spot on the floor where they could sit.
The movie was fantastic. Please be sure to read my Tangled movie review.
After the movie, we went back over to the children’s area. At this point, most of the kids had already left the library since they were there primarily for the movie. So most of the toys were free. Z.E.N started playing with the blocks, when another little boy started to play with him. As he played, I browsed the shelves in the children’s area for books that we could check out.
As I was browsing, I noticed that he and the other little boy were really having a good time, first playing with the toys, then “reading” a book together. I continued browsing, until I noticed that the other little boy had taken off his shoes. Sure enough, Z.E.N. comes over and asks if he can take of his shoes as well. I agree to let him take of his shoes. I then notice the other little boy taking off his socks and rubbing his feet. Knowing that he would ask, I beat Z.E.N. to the punch and told him that he could not take of his socks, I further told him that the little boy probably just had an itch or something and would probably be putting his socks and shoes back on. Z.E.N. decided to put his shoes back on at this point.
I turned back towards the bookshelves and hear the other little boy say “catch.” I turned to see what he had thrown and saw that he had tossed his sock to Z.E.N. Z.E.N. caught it but was holding it suspiciously using his thumb and forefinger to hold it up, kind of like he didn’t want to touch it I didn’t blame him, the sock looked like it had seen better days. Seriously, who plays catch with socks?? I immediately told him that he should not be playing with the other boy’s socks and to give it back to him. He returned the sock to the other boy, which he did, and the boy in turn tossed it to Z.E.N. again. Of course, Z.E.N. catches it again. Again I tell him to return it and in my serious mommy voice, suggest that they play a different game or find some more books to read. They both complied. I mean, I don’t really have a problem with him playing catch with socks, what I did have a problem with was playing catch with sweaty worn socks. Just saying.
Anyway, as you may or may not know, Z.E.N. and I are participating in a picture book reading challenge, so we checked out 5 picture books from the library on today’s visit.
We checked out the following books:
Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea
Good Morning Sam by Marie-Louise Gay
Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates
Ben Over Night by Sarah Ellis
Roar of a Snore by Marsha Diane Arnold
I will post reviews of all the books we read, so please be sure to keep checking back to read our children’s book reviews.