Carnegie Library: Graphic novels and Story Time the cure for cabin fever

As the snow piles up and the kids are driving you crazy, what is a mother to do? A good solution is to stuff them into coats, scarves and boots and shuffle them over to the Carnegie Library in Red Lodge.

Karen Hastings presides over the little ones for Wednesday story time which starts at 10:30 a.m. “If they’re over a year and up to six years,” she said, this is for them. It’s not just books but “finger plays, music and crafts!”

If you’re worried about your pint sized locomotive running 100 mph, no worries. “The little ones don’t sit still. I don’t expect them to sit still. Mothers help with activities. We have markers and crayons.”

There are built in benefits. “It’s very good for socializing, especially one child parents.”

Soon, she said, a shy child enters the program and “you see them open up!”

This is Hastings’ second year reading and she loves it. It will end one program this month but another reader starts up from March through May. About June or as soon as it’s warm, the program switches to Lion’s Park. “we try to get the kids outside as soon as possible.” For a change they also move to the large basement to play.

For the older kids, she said the words of the moment are: “Graphic novels!” Hastings said, “They are the books of choice for young adults and juvenileseven some adults.” Currently popular with the 8-12 year old group is the “Dogman” series by Dav Pilkey. He writes and illustrates the books as well.

Why graphic novels? “They read faster than regular fiction (kids are used to speeding through video games) and they have pictures in color,” said Hastings.

Fantasy stories are a popular category as well. “There are books series, one is the Warrior series, by Erin Hunter. She also has a cat series and a dog series.”

Hastings' grandson’s favorite writer is Rick Riordian. He is also popular in Red Lodge. “He does ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ series. They are demigods! There is the ‘Trials of Apollo series!’” “Don’t make dad mad-especially if he’s Zeus!” declares one promo. Adults like the fantasy books too.

So for those who think that the myths of old hold no allure to the next generation, come to the Carnegie Library. They will find youths deep in battle with mythological monsters, exploring new horizons in magical worlds and seeking great quests to follow for justice and right. That’s more than enough to warm anyone’s heart on a cold winter’s day.

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