Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Catching Up!

Wow! It has been a busy few months since my last post. Updates got a little behind with summer vacations and all, but hopefully I will be more up-to-date now that school is back in session and I'm on a regular routine!

Things have really blossomed with Kozy Korner Book Cafe. We are now up to four groups of book clubs with monthly Gatherings. They are:

Gatherings for Girls - for girls in grades 3-5
Books for Boys - for boys in grades 3-5
Book Cafe - for boys and girls in grades 1 & 2
Cafe Jr. - for boys and girls ages 3-kindergarten

Some of the ages/levels are flexible depending on reading levels. Sometimes early third graders will do better in the Book Cafe group and then can move up to the boys or girls group when their skills are more advanced. Likewise, if your child's reading skills are above their age group, they can participate in another group that better suits their needs.

We have a full slate of Gatherings scheduled for October! Be sure to check the Upcoming Dates section of the blog. October is also "Bring a Friend Month." If your child is not already participating in one of our groups and would like to attend the appropriate Gathering to see what it is all about, please contact me and I can let you know all the details. My current Kozy Korner buddies can bring a friend with them in October. Just let me know how many are coming!

Registration forms for all of the groups are available at Whole Day Cafe. There are also copies of all of our current books there as well. Once you turn in your registration, you will be able to get your book. You only need to complete the registration form one time. From that point on, you can let me know month to month if your child will be joining us for the Gatherings.

I'm excited about our upcoming plans. In November we will again have something special set up at Whole Day during the Candlelight Walk downtown. Kids will be able to come in, cozy up with some books and read for a bit while their parents enjoy a coffee or latte. There will be a Take-Home craft for all children who stop by our Kozy Korner area. We will roll out a new program at that time as well!

I'm looking forward to a month filled with fun reading, activities and time together at our Kozy Korner Book Cafe monthly gatherings. Hope to see you and your children there!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Another Week - More Exciting Things Building

Another week has gone by and things are really growing for Kozy Korner! I've started a website - www.kozykornerbookcafe.com - and have worked to develop the different sections there. Next up I'll be adding book lists, reviews and activities. I also want to get a section developed with parenting books & resources. I know I've read through a ton and I'm guessing many of you have and I think it would be great to share some of the best! So, if you've got some great books or articles that you've read, please head on over to the website and (when the section is up and running) share them with us!

In the meantime, I'm looking forward to my Kozy Korner Cafe Jr. buddies joining me tomorrow! We've read Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert and we're going to plant flowers!! Should be a GREAT morning! There's always room for more if anyone else would like to join us! :)

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Springtime - Ideas are Blooming!

The sun is shining, the weather is beautiful and all of a sudden windows of creativity are opening in my mind! Ideas for my Kozy Korner monthly gatherings, resources for teachers and parents, things to share and develop - I'm so excited! I can definitely tell that a new chapter is beginning in my life.

My eventual goal is to open a children's bookstore in Wadsworth. All of the projects and plans that I am working on now will lead to this goal at some point. I am having so much fun with my monthly gatherings. My two current groups - Kozy Korner Book Cafe (grades 1-3) and Kozy Korner Cafe Jr. (ages 3-kindergarten) have now been meeting for 4 months and each month gets better and better. The kids come in enthusiastic about what they are reading and eager to talk about our book-of-the-month. The crafts have been fun and lunch at Whole Day is always enjoyable. There's room for more reading friends if your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, friend-of-a-friend would enjoy participating. Just contact me and we'll get things rolling!

In May I am beginning a third group - Kozy Korner Gatherings for Girls. This group is for girls in grades 3-5. We'll be reading more challenging books that deal with girl issues and fun girl "stuff." Being the mom to sons, it will be interesting to me to see how young girls think!

Yesterday I had a little brainstorm about writing a book!!! I've never really considered that before, even though I love love love to read...I was telling funny stories about what my son Landon had been doing over the past few weeks and realized that they could lead to a great book - one in which we examine some of the "oh no he didn't" moments in our children's lives and the life lessons that we learn from them. So, as that newest wheel of mine begins to spin, I'm inviting you to share some funny stories from your children's "growing up" time - no matter how old they are now! Feel free to add your comment to this post - I'm sure we'd all love to hear about them!

Have a great day everyone - soak up this beautiful sunshine and hug your kids!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Kozy Korner Book Group!

Beginning in May we will have a new reading club group: Kozy Korner Gatherings for Girls. This group is designed for third, fourth & fifth grade girls who are ready to read more challenging chapter books. We will pick books that are very girl oriented & appropriate and from a variety of genres.

This group will meet on the first Wednesday of the month, from 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm at Whole Day Cafe. The cost for this group will be $20 for the first month's Gathering and $15 for each following month. The cost covers the copy of the book, craft and dinner for each participant.

Our first Gathering will be Wednesday, May 5th. At this Gathering we'll receive our first reading selection, begin our special Girls' Group craft and enjoy dinner together. Girls can choose from Toasted Cheese, Mac & Cheese, PB & J or Turkey Sandwich or Wrap. We have an exciting craft planned that I'm sure the girls will LOVE!

If your daughter is interested in participating in this group, please contact me at mlinn3@aol.com or through a phone call or note to Isham School. I'm looking forward to a fun adventure with our young lady readers!

Monday, April 12, 2010


Inspired by my friend Patti Floren, I have decided to begin an online spot to share my love of reading - specifically reading with children!

My goal for this blog is to eventually have areas that address:

*Kozy Korner Book Cafe and Cafe Junior monthly activities
(Wadsworth Location)

*Spotlight on great children's literature

*Activities families and teachers can do with different books

*Reviews of great parenting books

*An opportunity for parents to share, question and discuss parenting issues, reading issues,
fun things their families have done, etc.

*Great "grown-up" reads - time for summer reading!

*Links to other sites with great ideas too!

I hope that friends - old and new! - will find things here to inspire, encourage, support, resolve and provide enjoyment for their kids in the wonderful world of reading!