Back in 2010 I wrote a blog post about a visit to Fairview Elementary School in a Chicago suburb called Mt. Prospect. A first-grader there asked one of my all-time favorite questions:
“How do you know if you picked a four-leaf clover?”
That little girl must be in fifth grade now, and I’m hoping she might show up at our presentation at Mt. Prospect Public Library this Sunday afternoon to ask even more fun questions like that one.
Our presentation starts at 2 p.m. this Sunday, September 28 in Room 154 at the Mt. Prospect Public Library, 10 S Emerson St., Mt. Prospect, Ill. From the library web site:
Beth Finke is an author, teacher, journalist, NPR commentator, and recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. She also happens to be blind. Her children’s book about Seeing Eye dogs, Hanni and Beth: Safe & Sound is featured on the Martha Speaks Read Aloud Book Club on PBS and won an ASPCA Henry Berg Award for children’s literature. Come meet Beth and her dog and find out more about the job of a Seeing Eye dog. Beth’s heartfelt and funny stories will leave you smiling and knowing a lot more about adaptability and resourcefulness.
The presentation is free, and the library recommends it for children in kindergarten through grade 5 and families. Registration is not required, but if you know you’re coming they’d appreciate you registering just to get a read, ahem, on how many to expect. Ellen Sandmeyer of Sandmeyer’s Bookstore in Chicago is driving Whitney and me to the event, and she’ll be selling copies of Hanni and Beth: Safe & Sound and Long Time, No See for me to sign for anyone interested afterwards.
I’m really looking forward to all of this, I just wish I’d checked the NFL schedule before we booked, ahem, this gig. Earlier this week I found out we’ll be giving our presentation right when the Chicago Bears are playing the Green Bay Packers. Rats. With so many Chicagoans glued to their T.V. sets, I wondered if anyone would show up at the library.
Eyebrows up! I just talked with a youth services librarian, and they have 30 people registered already! See what can happen when you have to feel a four-leaf clover over and over again to make sure you have the count right?