The Front Porch Library blows out the candles!

6th birthday, giant cookie.Last Sunday we celebrated the 6th birthday of the Front Porch Library. As my partner in crime, Kary says, “It seems like longer than that, doesn’t it?”

Indeed it does–so many kids have come through the FPL, so much glue, craft paper, sidewalk chalk, reading aloud, shooting hoops, learning Greek mythology–and while cleaning for the party I came across the flash cards I’d made to teach Latin root words.

We’ve covered a lot of territory in those six years.

As always we spent several Sundays cooking for the event. This year we served dinner for 35, including two teachers who drove all the way from Jacksonville to be part of the festivities.

6th birthday--with hats.I can’t thank the volunteers enough–and the spontaneous acts of generosity, like Craig performing his famous Ydon the pirate magic trick and organizing a group poem.

Meg, who had just catered a wedding brought all the leftover flowers and put flowers anywhere that would hold a stem, like the door frame and the driveway umbrellas.

Kary did a photo booth. Mr. John supervised the kitchen. Tina and Maya helped get the library ready for the gathering. Donna, Meg, Penny, Heather and others did a heroic clean-up.

Between the arrival of the twins, screeching into the driveway and the last kid trailing off down the street we ate, messed with Play-Doh, shot hoops, tossed water balloons, built cities in the living room. It was a class-A celebration of a BIG community effort.

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