It’s Not All Mary Poppins


We like to go to the library.
We go most every week.
We like the library ladies.
We like the toys that squeak.

We like to see the computers.
We like the way the place looks.
Mary oft shakes her head sadly
At the way we ignore the books!

We like to sing with the lady,
We like to make puppets from socks.
But the very best thing at the library?
Is those great big, climb-able rocks!

October 24, 2005 - Posted by | books, Ottawa, outings, the cuteness!


  1. We try and take our kids to the library every week, the park next door has no bearing on their eagerness. Honestly πŸ™‚

    Still in shorts and T-Shirts?

    I always believed the weather in Canada was cold at this time of year.

    Comment by Si | October 24, 2005 | Reply

  2. THAT is adorable. So clever you are with the rhyming. I’m so jealous.

    So, would it be stupid of me to wait to take Lauren to the library, just like it was for me to take her to the movies? πŸ˜‰

    Comment by ieatcrayonz | October 24, 2005 | Reply

  3. See? I knew you were a children’s author–just print that out and bind it! ; )
    (And then the kids will be interested in books because they will find one about THEM!) ; )

    Comment by LoryKC | October 24, 2005 | Reply

  4. Oh so perfect! You write a book with these poems & witticisms of yours. I’d buy it! There are big rocks like this in front of our church. Climbing on those rocks is of course one of my son’s favorite things about church. πŸ˜‰

    Comment by Cheryl | October 24, 2005 | Reply

  5. My children use to love to go to storytime and make puppets in the playhouse….we actually went home this past weekend and passed the library and my daughter said “remember when….blah blah blah” so it’s nice they remember those times. she still loves going-so we go about every other sunday. i still enjoy it…

    those are great pics btw…..

    Comment by kimmyk | October 24, 2005 | Reply

  6. The Queen of All She Surveys takes the princesses to our local library almost once a week. They absolutely love it, both for the books and also the children’s DVDs that they get to bring home.

    I remember when I was younger (pre-teen/teen) and used to haunt my local library. And when I say haunt, I needed to borrow library cards from my parents to help with the number of books that I would get. Back in those days, you had actual card holders that you used to get a book. The number of card holders you had determined the number of books you could check out. Each book had a ticket in it, that would go into the card holder when you checked out. Kids only got three, so that’s why I had to borrow my parents. They got five each. I would often use them all up with a combination of computer books, science fiction and general knowledge books. Ahhh, happy days.

    Comment by Simon P. Chappell | October 24, 2005 | Reply

  7. Everyone: I’ve misled you all. These kids Love books. There is no possible way they can co-exist with me and not like books. They just don’t want to waste time at the library reading books – we do that all the time at home! – when there are other more pressing attractions.

    As soon as we’re home from the library, we all collapse in a cuddle-heap, and Mary reads till her throat gives out. Just so’s you know!

    Si: We’ll say it’s a double blessing, shall we? Library and the park – doesn’t get much better, unless perhaps the ice cream truck should happen along! These pictures were taken a month ago, when it was much warmer. Today they’re wearing long pants, snow jackets, mittens and hats. Only rain boots yet, though, thankfully!

    Crayons: Thanks. I wasn’t intending a poem until the first two sentences were punched in, and then I noticed what was happening. I can churn out the doggerel like nobody’s business!

    Yes, take her to the library! (I assume she’s not into tearing out pages the better to ingest them?) The nice thing about libraries is that you can leave when you need, and the floors are popcorn-free! I tend to wait till they’re a little older with the daycare kids, but that’s only because I have four or more to keep track of. With my own, I had them in libraries practically from birth. (If momma doesn’t have a book on the go, momma gets NASTY…)

    Lory: THAT would be an easy way to start my writing career! I’ve thought of something like that as Christmas presents: so-and-so’s day at Mary’s daycare, with pictures and captions. I’vew never gotten it together, though.

    Cheryl: Rocks and singing. My kids always liked the singing. If/when I publish a book, all you blogger folk will get a complimentary copy – and there go any profits!! LOL

    Kimmyk: It’s nice that playhouse and puppets has produced someone who likes to go to the library regularly, which is, of course, the whole point of the playhouse and puppets!

    Simon: There are always heaps of books in our home. I’m a reading addict, and my kids have picked up the habit – which makes me happy.

    My mother arranged for me to have an adult card by 11, because I’d pretty much read everything in the children’s section of our village library. Mrs. Metcalfe, the librarian, who knew my mother – it was a small village – would vet my choices to ensure I’d chosen nothing “inappropriate” for one of my tender years.

    Everything: fiction, science, fiction, history, biographies… Voracious reader, was and am! There are worse vices.

    Comment by Mary P. | October 24, 2005 | Reply

  8. This whole post is so very cute.

    I’m putting Charlie on a plane tomorrow. I’ll send his snow boots, just in case.

    Comment by Susan | October 24, 2005 | Reply

  9. Susan: I refuse to get my hopes up. You’ve promised me Charlie before, but I’ve seen neither hide nor hair of him thus far. But just in case, what colour are those boots?

    Comment by Mary P. | October 24, 2005 | Reply

  10. Magical, Mary, just magical πŸ™‚


    Comment by craziequeen | October 24, 2005 | Reply

  11. Cute little beggars, aren’t they?? πŸ™‚

    Comment by Mary P. | October 24, 2005 | Reply

  12. I love that pome Mary!! Its so sweet. You should make a little book out of it and offer it to the library…and the parents. It reminds me of when I take Harry to the library – all he wants to do is look at the videos! harump!

    Comment by Heather | October 24, 2005 | Reply

  13. You must watch my children. You MUST. I beg you. If you do, will Alex get one of those snappy hats?

    Comment by SO not Martha | October 24, 2005 | Reply

  14. Heather: You know, printing up some of the picture pages and making it into a booklet for the daycare parents is a great idea – and I’ve done most of the work already! Yay – Christmas gifts for the daycare half done already. I harrumph over videos at the library, too, and did my very best to hide from the children their very existence; I don’t know when exactly they noticed, but it was sooner than I’d have preferred!

    SNMartha: LOL on me! At first, I read your comment and thought: “Why? Are they doing something cute?” With the second sentence, I realized “Oh, she means watch watch.” Yes, indeed, Alex may have one of those snappy hats: I have five of the green ones adorned with fish for the smaller ones, and six of the fake burberry tartans for the older ones.

    Comment by Mary P. | October 24, 2005 | Reply

  15. I ony take the little A’s to the library iregularly – partly because my life is terribly unstructured, partly because they get to take out 8 (yes eight!) books each (even LMD), and partly because we have nearly as many books at home. Well, actually more books than most small libraries. fortnately we live near the big central library.

    i’ve never shown them that there are videos there too, and they’ve always been so happy reading in the children’s section that they’ve not found out yet, even Mstr A!

    Comment by Mrs.Aginoth | October 25, 2005 | Reply

  16. Cute poem! I always loved books, even when I was really little. But, you know, I wouldn’t have said ‘no’ to great, big, climbable rocks either. πŸ™‚

    Comment by chosha | October 25, 2005 | Reply

  17. MrsA: Our home is quite small; many of our books have remained in boxes since our move a year and a bit ago.

    Our library has no limit – none whatsoever – on how many books you can take out, and a good thing it is! The daycare tots get 3 each – on my card. That’s 15.

    Chosa: Hello, and welcome to North of Reality! πŸ™‚ These guys love books, too, but no trip to the library is complete without a half-hour clamber on those rocks!

    Comment by Mary P. | October 25, 2005 | Reply

  18. Mary has YET ANOTHER TALENT!

    1. poet

    2. Author of essays on coping with children

    3. Pied Piper

    4. Ability to take cute pictures of many children at one time.

    What’s next Mary?

    Comment by Misfit Hausfrau | October 25, 2005 | Reply

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