Once Upon a Time …..

dino National Picture Book MonthEvery November Americans celebrate a day that is centered around giving thanks for our blessings. Family and friends coming together to enjoy a nice meal and to express gratitude for each other; it’s known as Thanksgiving but we like to refer to it as a shared experience.

Thanksgiving is not our focus here today. What we would like to talk about is … sharing an experience. One that involves a parent and a child or a teacher and his/her students ….. really anyone can participate in this “sharing fest” we’re FINALLY getting to.

November is …………. National Picture Book Month!!!

Founded by author and storyteller Diane de Las Casa, Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book. Through essays, promotional kits and activities, such as the PBM Ambassador Badge and the themed calendar, PBM is encouraging us to turn the page instead of “swiping” the screen. Reading to a child with a “real” book stimulates imagination and sparks curiosity. For the adult, it gives us an opportunity to escape the mundane and slip into a world of enchanted forests and talking animals.

Sharing an experience like that??? COuld be the best twenty minutes of your day!

Now it’s time to take it into the village.

Dino Kotopoulis (pictured) is the illustrator of the book “Captain Tortuga and the Treasure of Sand Key”, which is an educational children’s book written by David Kinne. What is so amazing about this book is that it was created with no thought of profit to either author or the award-winning illustrator. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the book will go to Clearwater Marine Aquarium and its rescue … rehabilitate … release program.

Please check out “Captain Tortuga and the Treasure of Sand Key”, an adventure on the high seas … AND … learning a thing or two about protecting our endangered sea turtles.

BTW ….. Both author and illustrator are local residents of Safety Harbor, Florida. We are so blessed to have them in the village, and we salute them in their efforts to preserve nature and to preserve the “shared experience” ….. picture books.

National Picture Book Month
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Captain Tortuga & The Treasure Of Sand Key
Kinne / Kotopoulis
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You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read to a child
– Dr. Seuss

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is our village…

Bound by Community…

Little Free Library This blog was created to appreciate the “little things” in our community that make it so special, and to recognize other causes and campaigns that can create well-being in our everyday lives.

Let’s start with the “little” part, shall we? Our lovely Safety Harbor Public Library is thrilled to be stewards of two Little Free Libraries to pop up in the village in the next week. These public art pieces will be housed with books that are free to anyone who stops by… that’s right, no library card needed. It’s a “take a book, leave a book” community gathering place, and it’s here in the village for the purpose of sharing literature and the love of books.

Now… onto the cause or campaign. The Little Free Library was created by Todd Bol, who constructed a miniature one room schoolhouse and hoisted it upon a sturdy foundation on his front lawn. He filled it with books–free to anyone–for the purpose of promoting literacy and sharing the joy of reading. The Little Free Library movement has grown rapidly since it first began in 2009. Today there are about 15,000 LFLs worldwide granting free access to books to all that visit.

LFL’s mission is:
– To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.
– To build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.

Pictured is one of the first two LFLs which Safety Harbor Library will be sponsoring. This brightly colored library was constructed and designed by fellow villagers, Steve Puskas and Susan Kelly. The other is a Key West style cottage created by Michael Wille, another one of our villagers. The library’s goal is to have a total of 10 LFLs stationed at various parks around town. Want to get involved and build your own??? Well, you know, we’re gonna list that info below, but first… the quote. It’s long…BUT…ahhh, so grand…

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice… and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart.
~Gilbert Highet

*To learn more:
Little Free Library
http://www.littlefreelibrary.org

*To get involved locally:
http://www.cityofsafetyharbor.com
lkothe@cityofsafetyharbor.com

Photog: Terrie Dahl-Thomas
http://www.irubdeadfish@Etsy.com

This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is our village…