Nonsense or Not


There was an Old Man with a beard
Who said, "It is just as I feared!
Two owls and a hen,
Four larks and a wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!"

Today is National Limerick Day, in honor of artist, author and poet Edward Lear.  Best known for his literary nonsense and especially his limericks, he penned and illustrated the Book of Nonsense almost 200 years ago.  He wrote other things as well, however.  A favorite from my childhood was The Owl and the Pussy Cat.

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea In a beautiful pea-green boat. They took some honey, and plenty of money, wrapped up in a five-pound note ...

A five pound note or rather $5 will buy you a ticket to the Old Mission Peninsula School PTO Fundraiser on Thursday, May 19 from 4:30-7 PM at Bower's Harbor Park.  Auction items will be available for bid with all proceeds going to the OMPS PTO.  There will be a community potluck, so if your last name begins with A-M, please bring a sweet dish to pass. N-Z should bring a savory dish. Bring your own drinks and PTO will provide paper products.  Tickets are available in the library.  The Wineries of Old Mission (WOMP) will match donations made at the event. The entire community is invited to come support our school!!!!  Zeb, our Reading Therapy Dog will be on hand with his mom and dad to listen to kids read.  We hope to get a photo of Zeb and all the kids he has read to, so gather 'round him at 6 for a quick group photo!  

The Old Mission Women's Club invites you to their annual Garage Sale this Friday and Saturday from 8 AM to 4 PM at the American Legion Hall on Swaney Road.  This group of Old Mission Women makes a huge impact on our community with their support of worthy organizations including our township library.  I hear they have some wonderful things to sell!  
Traverse City author Michael Dow visits Monday at 7 PM to talk about his book Dark Matters, the first in a trilogy.  Dow spent 25 years in the corporate world before picking up a pen.  Foreword Reviews says of Dow and his work of science fiction, "The author walks a fine line between what is ordinary in this world and what could actually become nefarious and chilling.  It's unnerving ... that's what makes it a page turner."  This book has received rave reviews from middle to older teens as well as adults.  
Also next week, we offer Gentle Yoga at 9:30 AM on Wednesday for a small fee, Story Stew at 9:30 AM Thursday and Pageturners book club for adults on Thursday at 7 PM.  Newcomers are welcome to any and all programs!
Looking ahead, Chapter Chicks Mother Daughter Book Club meets June 13 at 6:30 PM for a themed potluck meal, crafts, activities and to discuss the book, the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.  Copies of the book are available on a first-come basis in the library.  The book is chosen for discussion value, but meets reading levels for 3-5th grades.  Girls are welcome to join us with a special adult.
The best universally known limerick was published in a 1744 book called Tommy Thumb's Pretty Songbook.  It was an early effort to entertain children through literature. That limerick is:
Hickory dickory dock.
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one
And down he run.
Hickory dickory dock.
Is there a library limerick?  I am not sure, but I could not find one.  There is. however, a library in Limerick, Maine.  I checked their website sure that they must have some little bit of nonsense poetry there.  Alas, I found none.  Too bad.  It would make for great conversation!  
Enjoy the blossoms, the rain and your day!


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