Bluebeary's Blog

Blog #3 by Children's Librarian Patty - September 2022

     I've been working at the library for close to seven years. We've made lots of changes in the Children's Room since I came - some well received, some not so much. Saying good-bye to the gerbils Skitter and Skatter has probably been the most controversial decision. Libraries are steeped in tradition and they hold a strong sense of nostalgia, so change can be hard, even though it is necessary for growth and advancement. But no matter how much physical rearranging or reorganizing of the collection takes place, as long as I hold my position at the library, Bluebeary will too. 

     I am wholly fascinated by Bluebeary's universal appeal. He's large and blue and not soft and cuddly, but small children are drawn to him like a magnet. Cries of "Bear, Bear" can be heard daily from the youngest kids. Preschoolers are very interested in his anatomy (aka "butt"). Middle school kids greet him as an old friend. Parents want to get their kids' pictures with Bluebeary sporting his latest seasonal outfit. Through it all, Bluebeary stands at the ready and accepts all the attention like one of the ancient Stoic philosophers.
So what is it about Bluebeary that is so appealing? My theory, for what it's worth, is that he is a calm, steady presence in a world full of uncertainty. Always there, ready for a hug or to be poked and prodded; he accepts all forms of attention equally. Bluebeary can be for all of us whatever we need him to be on any given day, receiving all visitors without judgement or preconceptions. A physical presence that welcomes us just as we are. In the end, isn't that what all kids want and need? Isn't that what we all need? Isn't that what we want our library to be for the community?

     So, thanks Bluebeary for teaching me these valuable lessons. You're not going anywhere.


Blog #2 - August 2022

Hi-Di-Ho Neighbor!
     Here at the library I get to stand right next to the “New Books” Table. Every day I stare at a whole table of colorful chapter books, their covers all shiny and new. Some have never been checked out before!

     I like the ones with animals on them the best. And the ones that have dragons in them! Those are my favorite. Ooh, and the ones about real life, called “Realistic Fiction” are cool too because it’s like it could really happen! But I really, really love funny books, those are my favorite of all my favorites.

The Great Pet Heist by Emily Ecton doesn’t just have one animal on the cover, but five, and there are even more animals in the book. These animals are smart AND funny. They turn to a life of crime to become independently wealthy so they aren’t taken to an animal shelter. Which is a pretty good plan, but it doesn’t all go the way they want it to.

     There is a dog and a cat in the story so it doesn’t matter if you like dogs more or cats more, you will like this book. There’s also a bird, a few rats, and an octopus.

     One of my librarian friends read some of the book out loud to me and I laughed at all the silliness.

     Next time you are in the library, look out for The Great Pet Heist by Emily Eaton. (David Mottram drew all the pictures. I think he did a pretty good job too.) If it is checked out, you can always find another animal chapter book by looking for the blue “Animal” spine label. It has a crocodile on it.

     That doesn’t mean there is a crocodile in the book, just that it is a book with animals.

     In case you were confused.

     Oh, and I just found out that there’s another book about these same animals called The Great Ghost Hoax! So, when your done reading about the heist (a robbery), you can read about the hoax (a humorous or malicious deception).


Blog #1 - July 2022


GRRR!!!.....

     Oh, sorry, I hope I didn’t scare you!  That’s just the way I say ‘hello’.  My name’s Bluebeary, because I’m Blue, and very.…Beary! What’s your name? (I like that name too.)

     I like to hang out in the kid’s room at the Dover Public Library because you all read the BEST stories. And stories are my favorite. My story is kind of interesting too (‘interesting’ here means exciting, or curious). Did you know that I’ve been hanging out with library kids for 17 years?  Yup, I’ve been listening to kids play, and read, and sing, and do crafts, and have all kinds of fun at DPL since 2005; from the very first day that I joined a bear parade.  Did you know bears could go on parade?  Well, they can, it’s not just for boy scouts and fire engines.

     My parade was to celebrate one of Dover’s birthdays – a city with a birthday?  You bet. Not only did we parade but we also danced!  Myself and 31 other bears got all dressed up and we danced through Dover – it was so much fun! And I’ve been a part of the children’s room at DPL ever since; watching children grow and learn and read, and I can’t even count how many hugs I’ve had! I love hugs almost as much as I love stories.

     So, that’s a story about me. I would love to hear one of yours.  I bet it’s curious and exciting too!  The next time you come to the library, come visit me in the kid’s room.  You could bring your parents if you want You can’t miss me, because I’m REALLY big and REALLY blue.  And I love children – but not for breakfast – just to hang out with.

Here’s hoping I get to see you soon,

GRRRR-ingly yours!!!!!,

Bluebeary

(p.s. that’s how I say goodbye too)

You can learn more about Bluebeary’s story here, or ask at the library!

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