Reported by our News Anchor at WB News, Channel 11 – Lisa
At the bottom right corner of the map of White Bear’s World you will find our library. It is a humble building with a gold roof and beautiful blue doors. Inside the library, Jacob the Librarian works tirelessly keeping books in meticulous condition and offering his knowledge to anyone who enters. Among his favorite duties are directing children’s library programs. His most recent program is the Tuesday Morning Story Hour. Every week he opens the library super early to read a new book to the children of White Bear’s World. He reads picture books, early chapter books and even novels are read in sections over several weeks.
If you take a look back at the map you will notice that Beth’s Bakery is located right behind the library. Though one may thing this was by grand design, it is purely coincidental. However, Beth also opens the bakery super early on Tuesdays and offers a hot breakfast and beverage to any child who wants a healthy start to their day before Story Hour. She also serves a variety of juices and hot chocolate to the children and teas and coffee to the adults. You may notice that the Bakery also has blue doors. Coincidence? We may never know.
Now back to our original programming . . .
Here is a shot of the adult section of Jacob’s Library. He is currently working very hard at selecting books and audiovisual material of interest to children that will be acquired by the library. As you know, White Bear’s World focuses on children with special needs and diversity. Jacob wants to be sure that someday there will be a book with a story for every child to see a reflection of themselves in his library.
White Bear News Channel 11 is asking you to donate books to the Children’s Wing. They must represent diversity because kids come from all walks of life. They come in all colors, shapes, sizes, genders, religions and cultures. They have a wide variety of physical and emotional abilities. Any books donated to the library must be encouraging and respectful. They must be supportive of all children and have at least one character who faces a challenge, physical, emotional or health related. There must be no negativity, foul language, or false medical or emotional information.
On a more serious note, we plan to add a new children’s book to Jacob’s online Library each week in honor of Story Hour. Each book will have the cover shown and a link back to Amazon or book seller of the author’s choice. If the author would like, a link to the author website will also be included. We have wonderful books already in the collection and quite a few ready to be posted. We will be posting requests for book titles on various Facebook groups and choosing books ourselves.
White Bear’s World is a very personal project that we want to share with every family who is facing the unfathomable and find some comfort in knowing that they are not alone.
Story hour is available almost every week of the year, even when school is closed for summer and holiday breaks. The library is closed on major White Bear World Holidays.