Storytime for library's littlest fans


by Myndi Brogdon
Our little library has a time dedicated to the littlest book fans.

Preschoolers are invited to the library each Wednesday for storytime from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Little ones must bring an adult who will keep an eye on them during storytime. If you know a preschooler who loves books -- bring them along.

Library Friends

Friends of the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library a.k.a. the Pine library will be meeting at 1 p.m. Monday, April 24 in the Kiwanis building at the community center. This month's speaker is Edith Baker and she will talk about the bountiful and colorful flowers that can be found growing wild in the Rim country.

Raffle to benefit community clinic

The Pine-Strawberry Health Services Auxiliary is raffling off a bronze elk sculpture to raise money to buy equipment for the Pine-Strawberry Medical Center. The sculpture is on display at the clinic on Hardscrabble Road. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the clinic or by mail from the auxiliary at P.O. Box 270, Pine, AZ 85544. You do not need to be present to win.

Tulips bring in spring

Spring is in the air -- rebirth, renewal and growth resonate in our souls.

This is the time of year I find myself trying to slow down and enjoy the days. Home life with children is busy, entertaining and even frustrating. Now 4 years old, my darling Laynie has discovered the joys of fresh tilled earth mixed with water. Mud-covered and smiling, she tromped over the clean carpet to my desk today where I was busily typing. Beaming with pride, she thrust a fresh picked bunch of tulips at me, tulips I quickly recognized as the only four blooms left in the garden.

"These are for you," she exclaimed with mud dripping from her cheek and hair.

I took a deep breath and smiled. We found a shot glass buried in a kitchen cabinet to hold the two-inch stems she'd plucked.

While we arranged her masterpiece, I found that she and the dog had taken a mud bath -- and it was the dog's idea.

I scooted them both outside to play. For the cost of a little mud, I got to see her face light up with joy. It was worth it.

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