Visit to Washington!

Yesterday was a great day. 

I woke up early, got my obligatory Kaldi’s coffee and headed out West to Washington, Missouri for my library visit!

I shared Bubbles’ story with about fifty people–parents and kids ranging from 8 months-6 years old. Little guys! 

They were an excitable group, all very eager to share with me whether or not they did or did not like bears (most did). But they settled down nicely for story time and afterward we made really fun Bubbles masks (courtesy of librarian Ruth McInnis) and played with real bubbles (the soap, that is, not the cow)!

The library in Washington was revamped in 2012. To borrow a phrase from one of my favorite Australians, “crikey, she’s a beauty!” This is one very nice library. From the gorgeous stonework, to the mural of Missouri wildlife, every corner was simply a perfect homage to learning and reading. 

After I left the library I explored a bit of the Washington downtown. I got myself some cherry iced tea and went antique shopping! Found a quilt rack for a special quilt my mom made me last Christmas and even picked up some “made in Washington” animal fat free soap that smells like pink grapefruits. 

Of course, no summer trip to a small town would be complete without candy sticks! So, I stocked up on those as well. 

Washington is only about a 45 minute drive from St. Louis. I’d highly recommend it for a day trip. 

Hopefully, next summer I will be back, with (hopefully!) a new book in tow!

Check out a few snapshots from the day below: