Friday, September 13, 2013
By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK
The Austintown library wrapped up its summer reading program with a party for area children Aug. 15.
The “You Rock When You Read!” celebration included karaoke, games, snacks and more. It was the second year for the wrap-up party.
Librarian Kathe Orr asked participants if they were ready to go back to school. A chorus of “yes” was her answer.
But before they go back, Orr said, “Let’s have some fun tonight.”
Hayley McEwing, librarian, kicked off the event with a story about going to the Canfield Fair. As she told the story she drew lines that were projected on a large screen. An arched line represented the entrance, a couple of straight lines represented friends met at the fair, and other lines represented rides, horse races and more. When she was finished, she’d drawn a pig.
Participants sang karaoke songs such as “The ABC Song” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” made crafts with Playdoh and glitter, and ate a snack.
Laura Akers of Canfield said her mother typically brings her son to the summer library programs while she works. The party was in the evening, though, so she came along to see what they were doing.
“It gives them something to do and gets them interested in reading,” Akers said about the programs.
Akers’ son, Ryan, had fun at the party. He enjoyed rolling a Playdoh ball in red glitter. Red is his favorite color.
“I took my daughters when they were little, just to keep them interested in reading,” said Akers’ mother, Ruth Zoppelt.
Now she brings Ryan and another grandson, Logan Baisden, to the programs.
Baisden, of Austintown, said he enjoys visiting the library with his grandmother.
“We get to pick out books and read,” he said.
Baisden enjoyed the summer wrap-up party. His favorite part was playing games.