A Ride on the Reading Railroad

Y’all have far surpassed my hopes and expectations with your childrens book recommendations. I am taking your comments and compiling a list of must reads for the next year or so.

You probably already know this, but in most library systems, you are able to request, or put a hold on a book or DVD via the computer.

Then they call or e-mail you when the book comes in.

Which cuts down on extra trips to the library. I’d like to think that this system was put into place, just to keep Jensen out of the library as much as possible.

As the library is the location he most often chooses to give me a nervous breakdown.

Like yesterday, for example. I had checked out his very favorite Little Einstein DVD. But, it can only remain in our possession for two days. Or four, if I’m able to renew it, providing there is no other hold on it.

Confidently, I strode up to the circulation desk. I had to pry the DVD from Jensen’s grasp in order to ask the gentle librarian if I could check it back in, and then check it out again, thusly ensuring four more days of LIttle Einstein bliss.

“I’m sorry, but there’s a hold on it,” the librarian informed me.

SSSSHHHHHHHHHH,” I stage whispered back in her direction, my eyes wide with terror. “Then for the love of mike, HIDE IT LADY, DON’T LET HIM SEE IT. I’ll distract him while you RUN!”

“Look Jensen! A chicken!”

“Where mommy?”

“Oh. He went into your favorite part of the library. The bathroom. Do you need to go?

He ran into the bathroom before I could even turn from the circulation desk.

I managed to continue distracting him until we safely reached the van.

I may or may not have developed an unsightly tic.

“Mommy, where’s my Widdle Einstein movie?

Well. I don’t have to tell you what the ride home was like. But he was safely belted in, and I made certain that there were no heavy objects within his grasp.

Once home, I marched over to my computer and put a hold on that blankety blank DVD.

If only the library would install a drive-thru window.

Once I get my list compiled, alphabetized, and color coded, I’ll post it for you. Thank you again!!!

October 23, 2008

17 Responses to A Ride on the Reading Railroad

  • Not that I’m a proponent of running out and buying every child’s “favorite” library dvd, but in this case… check out http://www.half.com – it’s my favorite site for getting great stuff ridiculously cheap! (I’m all about not paying retail!) And yes – our library’s drive-through window was installed especially for our family, I’m sure! God bless them!

  • I wish my library had a drive through window!

    I was also going to say to check out half.com. Really. Might be worth buying it just for peace. 😉

  • My son doesn’t do very well in a library either but it’s more because he knows mommy could easily get lost for hours in a library and he wants to make sure I know I won’t get away with it. 😛

  • Perhaps buying that wonderful video would help to maintain your sanity. And if it were me, just to avoid the meltdown, I would probably be willing to pay double!

  • Yes, I too wish our library had a drive through! I think every place should have a parent only drive through for those VERY NECESSARY times!! 🙂

  • I’m gonna have to agree… for the sake of your son and your cuss jar, buy the DVD!!! When he outgrown it, you can donate it to the library – then all will be happy!!

  • Uh, is it not available at least on ebay if it’s overpriced in the store? Seems like it would be less expensive than a bottle of hair colouring.

    Just sayin’.

  • LOL my boys as for there Signing Times DVD’s and get ver disappointed when the particular one is not there.

  • Not to brag, but my library has a drive thru AND free home delivery. Okay, I’m bragging. And I’m laughing at your story:)

  • We don’t have drive through, but we do have drive up drop off. And you know, this weeks it’s Widdle Einstein movie, next week it will be something else. Kids can be very, ummm, what’s the word…persistent! LOL

    Laughing with you!

  • okay, I have been out of commission this week and missed the blog about book recommendations. So, a bit late, I would like to add my two cents. I could recommend a thousand but two we have read recently and LOVED enough for me to purchase and have for all posterity are:

    A Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop
    The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

    We also love anything by Andrew Clements (Frindle is a great one to start with).

    Hope you try these and enjoy them!

  • Sounds like Little Einstein will make a good Stocking Stuffer! Or main present even.

  • I just joined PaperBackSwap.com and I think they have a DVD swap club. http://www.swapadvd.com You might look into that?

  • Thanks for shedding light on the system my husband uses when I’m clothes shopping, “Look! There’s a Yorkie!” “There’s a Yorkie in a tutu!” “There’s a Yorkie riding a pony!” I run for it every time.

  • My library does have a drive-up window, which makes life so much easier LOL! Maybe you need to let Jensen make a royal ruckus next time, then suggest (quite loudly) that this would not have happened if they had a drive-up window.

  • Ummmm…maybe it’s time to buy Widdle Einstein. LOL!!! 😀

  • Have you checked to see if you can renew your material online like you place the hold online? We can do that at our library and it helps save that extra trip. Plus, if you can’t renew it, you can just drop it off in the drop box without the extra drama. Just a thought. Good luck!