Senator Argall reads to children at Palmerton Area Library
Novali Eyrich gives her paper about the library to Sen. David Argall.
Diane Danielson, director of the Palmerton Area Library, told the kids gathered at the library on April 16 that a special visitor was expected.
As they waited she had them sing a song with the words "I came to the library to hear a new story."
Danielson said the visitor, Sen. David Argall, works in Harrisburg.
"He helps us get roads, education and libraries. Some of you have something special to give him - papers about why you like the library."
Argall asked if there was any law that affected the kids every day. The seatbelt law was the first suggestion. Argall said that was argued in Harrisburg for three days because the senate, house and governor all had to agree.
He said he represents 250,000 people.
Danielson told him there was a brand-new book for him to read, "Miss Brooks Love Books and I Don't."
Before starting to read, Argall said his father was a retired librarian
In the story, Miss Brooks, the librarian in school, wears costumes to try and interest her students in books. All but one child likes them, and finally she finds something she likes in the story of Shrek.
Danielson asked Argall if he wanted to play a song game with them - a sit-down-stand-up game.
Argall said, "This is not like my usual meetings."
Danielson gave each child a pencil that changed color when held in their warm hands. The pencils read, "Libraries, the Discovery Zone."
Argall asked if the children could suggest any new laws. He was told a law was necessary to keep kids out of trouble, and to be careful crossing streets.
He pulled his phone out of his pocket and said, "We're in the middle of debate if people should use this while they drive."
Argall went to Germany to teach Boy Scouts years ago and found he needed the German language. It was books that helped him.
"You can learn all kinds of things in books," he said
Danielson said, "We want some of the money in Harrisburg to come to the library. If you agree, clap your hands." The hands carried the message to Argall that it would be hard to replace the $11,000 they normally get in the state budget.