Show & Tell: Paws to Read
Nov07

Show & Tell: Paws to Read

There I was, sitting in the upstairs hallway of Plymouth Congregational Church on the floor, trying to entertain Harper while Kennedy was rehearsing for choir. Kennedy joined the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir this year and the Apprentice Choir (the one she’s in) rehearses every Tuesday night at the church. So, every Tuesday Harper and I sit in the hallway and fight over ways to stay entertained. I try to look at some homework and she gets mad at me. I try to feed her, but she’s not hungry yet. I try to keep her quiet and content with toys, but she insists on being loud and trying to crawl everywhere. Thank goodness Andy is in charge of picking up Aylee from the sitter on Tuesdays, because I would not be able to  handle more than Harper by myself in that hallway. After a few weeks of struggling to maintain my sanity in that hallway with a baby, I decided that Harper and I would take a walk during Kennedy’s rehearsal time. I have never really been downtown Fort Wayne much, except for just driving through, so I figured we could go on a little adventure. Oddly enough, we didn’t get too far. Only a couple blocks south on Ewing stood this long, inviting building:  the Main Library of Allen County Public Library. Call me crazy, but I had only ever been inside that building one time. So I said to myself, “why not make it two?” Harper and I entered the building and were immediately greeted with the sight of Children’s Services to our left. I figured there probably wasn’t much for a baby, but I was sure to find something for Kennedy or Aylee inside. Boy, was I wrong (well, wrong about the nothing-for-babies-to-do part). As soon as we walked in, I noticed a large room to my right that looked like something you would find at a daycare facility. I must have looked lost (and I was) because the friendly librarian asked if I needed help with anything. “I sure do. What’s that room?” My gaze and puzzled look hadn’t left the direction of the large room. “That room is for families with young children like toddlers and babies. Would you and your daughter like to go in?” “That would be great, but I really just stopped in to see what programs ACPL has for older kids. We don’t have much time to stay and discover the toddler area” She kindly handed me a flyer with all the programs for October, and I read something that caught my eyes. “Paws to Read – what’s that?” “That is a...

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