Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


A Portuguese Library in Rio

"Books are delightful society. If you go into a room and find it full of books - even without taking them from the shelves they seem to speak to you, to bid you welcome."  
~William Ewart Gladstone

As a follow up to yesterday's post "LIBRARY EXPLORATIONS":  Have you been to the library lately?  What library do you frequent with your kids and why?  (If you write a post about it on your blog, I'll link to it).


  1. What a gorgeous library! We walk across the street to our small Cincinnati Public Library a couple of times per week. This Saturday we're going to the larger branch downtown where they're going to have a Chinese New Year celebration program! We've gone in the past and it's usually excellent!!!

  2. Take your camera and if you blog about it, send me the link! Have fun - we used to love going to Chinese New Year festivities when the kids were young. :)

    About the library above: (From Frommers)...
    Review of Real Gabinete Português (Royal Portuguese Reading Room)
    "A temple to books. The interior of Real Gabinete Português is four stories tall, capped with a stained-glass cupola and illuminated by an elaborate chandelier. It's worth stepping inside just to see the room. Created in 1837 by the culture-starved (so they said) Portuguese, the reading room contains over 350,000 volumes, many of them from the 17th and 18th centuries. Just by showing ID (and maybe filling out a form -- it depends on who's working) visitors can request, obtain, and peruse these books, for as long as the room is open."