Friday, August 24, 2012
By ALISA MANNA
As the summer reading program came to an end, the Canfield library invited its participants to join in an afternoon of face painting, games and fun.
Children’s Librarian Jane Adams read “The Trouble with Wishes” by Diane Stanley, a humorous take on the Greek myth Pgymalion. In the book, sculptor Pyg carves a statue of a beautiful goddess. He falls in love with the statue and wishes the beautiful women were real. Pyg’s talent brings the sculpture to life, but only to find the goddess is vain and cold.
“He had to see what he should’ve wished for was right in front of him,” Adams said. “For the lovely and young lady Jane was there all along.”
Adams explained that the message is “be careful what you wish for” and “true beauty is on the inside.”
Adams then read the old folk tale “Three Sausages,” a story about a woodcutter who does a kind deed and gets rewarded with three wishes. However, the woodcutter and his wife waste the tree wishes bickering and find that they’re satisfied without them.
“There are many different variations of the tale,” Adams said. “But I thought it was a good wishing story.”
After Adams read, she and her and assistant, Kelly Marafiote, started a quick game of limbo before setting up stations for face painting, tattoos and a craft.
Stella Marzano and Ava Semenovich got matching star facepaint done by Adams. Lisa Marzano said her daughter and Semenovich are good friends and that she loves the library programs and wants to continually expose the girls to reading.
Gwen Blumetti asked for a painting on her arm of a puppy. She and her brother, Joseph, came to library program with mother, Nellie.
“We come to all the events,” Blumetti said. “It’s great for the kids to socialize, do crafts and get books.”
The craft the kids made was voted on by all the children’s librarians.
“It’s an owl craft because of the night theme with dreams and wishes,” Adams said. “When you fold alternate sides a different way and you have it flying, it spins.”
Though the library’s summer reading program is finished, the branch will resume with its regular schedule and continue to have weekly toddler and preschool programs and a once-a-month baby program.