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Dream Big With Curious George

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By Meredith Veatch

Dreaming George

Meet Curious George, the unofficial mascot of the Patterson Park Branch. Visitors to the library can expect to see George somewhere near the entrance, greeting everyone who comes inside. George also likes to get into the spirit of things, dressing up for holidays, wearing outfits that match book displays, and participating in Summer Reading. For Fairy Tale Festival, George sported fairy wings. In a recent wedding display, George played the part of the groom. At Halloween, he entertained as a lovable clown. Last summer, Curious George went on a trip for One World, Many Stories. He sent us a postcard every week and later wrote all about his adventures around the world.

This year, George is sticking closer to home. In fact, he’s curled up in bed, reading a good book, and Dreaming Big. Take it away, George!

Hello again, library friends! Last summer, I tried to read a few books each week about the country I was visiting. This year, I wasn’t sure what I should read, until I thought about one of my favorite book characters, Olivia from Olivia by Ian Falconer. Olivia dreams of being a ballerina, an opera singer, a member of the Supreme Court, Queen of the Trampoline, and more. I decided to read books about things that I want to be, although it’s a pretty long list. Luckily for me, Summer Reading lasts 9 whole weeks, so I should have time to cover a lot!

When I was little, I really wanted to be an astronaut. I don’t think they send monkeys into space anymore, though. I read a book called Almost Astronauts by Tanya Lee Stone. It’s about thirteen women who wanted to be astronauts in a time when only men were allowed to go into space. I loved reading about the work these women did so that others could go to space.

I’ll probably never get super powers, but that made me enjoy my next book even more. I read The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy, Book 1: The Hero Revealed by William Boniface. Ordinary Boy is the only person in his entire town without a superpower. Fortunately for him, in this hilarious book you don’t need a superpower to save the day.

Next I decided to reread Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. If I was going to get into Hogwarts, I would have received my letter by now, but it’s still fun to live that magical dream by reading about Harry.

I’m not sure what I’ll read next. One of my dreams is to learn Spanish, so maybe I’ll check out some Spanish language books. I’d love to be a scientist, so I might pick up a book from the great Scientists in the Field series. Or I could get Babymouse by Jennifer Holm. There’s another character who knows how to dream big. Whatever I decide, I know I’ll find a lot of ways to Dream Big at the library this summer!

~Curious George


George is a character who can't be ignored. He has a great, adventurous spirit and seems willing to try anything--at the library. The Patterson Park Branch has given him new life in a big, fun way. Enjoy the summer.
Posted by: Eunice at 6/26/2012 2:10 p.m.


I've always known that summer time was a special time for book characters. They love the relaxed atmosphere and very few want to be burden by sitting on the shelf. Congratulations George on your adventures and have a great summer.
Posted by: Marilyn at 7/7/2012 9:59 a.m.


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