St. Patrick’s Day is a very “green” day which is celebrated March 17 with folks wearing green and many becoming Irish for a day.
Youngsters can also celebrate the occasion with several books written about St. Patrick, and the many traditions associated with the holiday. As part of Magness Library’s weekly children’s story time, they brought out Irish-related books and had a fun day for the preschoolers.
Children’s librarian Emi Little started the day with approximately 35 children surrounding her while she read “Ten Lucky Leprechauns.” The group also sang the “Hokey Pokey” while waving shamrock cut-outs.
Following the story, they were able to make leprechaun bookmarks and paint a Blarney stone bright green.
“We told them what a Blarney stone is, and a little of the history,” said Little. “We are so thankful to one of our many library volunteers, Rebecca Henderson, for finding creek stones for us to use.”
Magness Library holds story time each Thursday from 10 - 11 a.m. for children through 4 years old. They get to enjoy live reading sessions, and are given the opportunity to look through the collection of books and check out some to take home and enjoy.
“We hope our story time helps provide children some of the skills needed for beginning school,” said Little. “It also gives our mothers, dads and grandparents who bring them to story hour a little time to socialize.”
Mothers Jamie Jaco, Emilie Crouch and Miranda Burch make a point to bring their youngsters to story time each week, declaring they are the biggest fans of the library.
“We come every week. It’s fun, free and educational,” said Jaco. “We usually just make a day of it, and go to the park, or if it’s cold we may go to McDonald’s to have lunch and play.”
Information about story time and upcoming events at the library can be viewed at www.magnesslibrary.org. The site also offers sites and links for children, homework help and an online encyclopedia. The story line lets youngsters listen to stories, and can be reached by calling 473-6778.