Saturday, April 25, 2009

Reading in the County

High: 69 °F
Low: 54 °F
Conditions: Ahhhhh, springtime.

If you take I-95 North, past Katahdin . . .

. . .and up towards the Canadian border, you will reach the greater Presque Isle region---an area perhaps best known for these:

That's right. Spuds. In fact, Arostook County (known simply as "The County" in Maine because of its enormity) rivals only parts of Idaho when it comes to per capita potato production. If you've ever eaten a Frito Lay potato chip or McDonald's french fry, there's a pretty good chance it originated here.

Presque Isle has plenty of other attractions, too. Like this, the launch site of the Double Eagle II--the first transatlantic balloon.

Or this, a 40-mile long model of the universe, built perfectly to scale.

But the real reason Ari and I made our way north this weekend was to visit the wonderful people at the Turner Memorial Library.

Library staff members invited us to join them this weekend for an Earth Day reading of Adventures with Ari. We had a wonderful time meeting the residents who joined us (and eating the biscuits graciously provided by the librarians).
We also met two of our youngest--and brightest--fans.It was a perfect day. And we thank all those who made it possible, particularly Sonja Plummer, the chief librarian and fabulous host of our event.

We hope they invite us back soon.


Jan's Funny Farm said...

What a neat thing to happen. You're famous!

Tracey and Huffle said...

It's only fitting that they invite a world renowned author like Ari to a book reading.

Huffle Mawson

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

When my khopy arrives, will Ari khome read it to me PLEASE???




Lorenza said...

My mom is a potato lover!
Looks like you two had a pawesome time!
Kisses and hugs

Hero said...

Woo look like woo had fun! I don't really know what a library is, but my human says I have one near my house. Will woo come here and read woor book to us?


Stella said...

Beautiful mountains! Beautiful spuds!
Beautiful Dog!

Did you know that Wisconsin has a Presque Isle also?

You are a good example to these young women who came to your reading.


Turbo the Sibe said...

If the universe is expanding, does that mean the scale model is also expanding at the same rate?

The Thundering Herd said...

And how many biscuits did Ari get? That could be a lot of fun.

And, Ari, did you wear some of your perfect perfume into the library? Somehow, humans do not appreciate our ability to roll in those really great scents you describe.

Amber and Nala said...

How neat and that is so wonderful that those two little girls came out as well! :)

The Army of Four said...

How exciting! Did Ari get hugs? Did she give out paw-tographs?!?

Southbay Girl said... and I love spuds!!! How cool that you got to sign autographs.....Mom and I think that is super cool!!



Marigold said...

Way to go Ari! Way to go Turbo, too. What an astute observation. Such intelligence is rivaled only by my own ever-inquiring mind.

YD said...

Very nice! A ride, meeting new people and eating biscuits...sound wonderwoof!

JB's Big World said...

That looks like a great road trip. Hope your book is selling and wow, you are famous, Ari!

Kess And Her Mama said...

Hey Ari, did you get to put your paw print on the book! Well done famous buddy!

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Ari is becoming quite the celebrity!

Mom thinks that planet thing is really cool.


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