I had a lazy (but busy!) Saturday morning. The weather is all sorts of Iowa crazy - humid with pop-up thunderstorms, tornado watches, and flood watches - so that means it must be time for the Iowa Arts Fest! There seemed to be more booths this year than previous and any sort of art or handcraft you can think of was represented. Painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, metalsmithing, jewelery, basket-weaveing, furniture-making, stained-glass, someone who "paints" with thread, and the guy who makes wind-chimes out of found objects (I can't decide if it was kitchy or just junk). I've never been able to afford anything I like at the Arts Fest in previous years but I found something I wanted this year:
Then I hit the library. I checked out books:
Dear Mr. Henshaw is one of the few Beverly Cleary books I never read - it also won the Newbery so it's for my Newbery Project as well as A Gathering of Days. I've been thinking about reading the "Series of Unfortunate Events" so I picked up The Bad Beginning.
And then in the library basement they were having the Friends of the Library sale. Now, Day 1 of the library sale is ALWAYS on a Friday so if there was anything super good I certainly missed it since I, and a good portion of the adult population, was working. Day 2 is not without its merits, however, because all adult books are half off. Check it:
Hooray for new books!