CELEBRATING SUMMER READING!
With CHILDREN And PARENTS Of MACON COUNTY, ILLINOIS.
Deanna and I had a wonderful time visiting eight Illinois libraries, all in the Decatur area, which is in the center of the state. We brought tapes and cds to donate to each library and I brought my guitar to sing and play my songs about watching wildlife.
Seven of the libraries - Blue Mound, Macon, Forsythe, Oreana, Mt. Zion, Warrensburg, and Maroa - are located in the beautful countryside around Decatur. The eighth was in Decatur. Everyone was happy to see us and we enjoyed meeting all the children along with their parents. On our way to the library in Decatur we crossed over the huge Decatur Lake and we also crossed a bridge that spanned an enormous food processing plant. The air smelled like breakfast being cooked. Lake Decatur is a long lake with many boats. Seeing the marinas made me feel at home. They reminded me of our Lake Champlain marinas.
As we were leaving the library in Warrensburg the sky was getting dark with storm clouds. On our way to Maroa, we got caught in the thick of it and had to pull over to the side of the road. It was a thunderstorm that flattened rows and rows of corn and pelted our truck with hail.
When we pulled up to the library in Maroa, it was still raining but parents were there with their youngsters all running under umbrellas to the dry library room where I was to speak.
We had a great visit there even though everyone was wet from running in puddles outside.
part of Illinois is a flat and spacious place with beautful corn and
soybean fields stretching for miles in every direction. When the wind
was blowing the corn waved and swayed and looked like an ocean of green.
The people were so nice and I feel like we knew them because they knew
my books.On our way to each library Deanna and I drove slowly, trying
to absorb as much of the magnificent Illinois countryside as we could.
We saw hawks and ground squirrels, and deer. We saw voles scurrying
across the highways. We saw the great midwestern sky changing hour by
home from sunny to cloudy to rainy to sunny again.
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