Pharos-Tribune

February 2, 2014

Families introduce kids to library through day of activities

Crafts, puppets and more make up Bring Your Kid to the Library Day.

by Mitchell Kirk Pharos-Tribune
Pharos-Tribune

---- — Twin 3-year-old sisters Madison and Marissa Ennis excitedly took to pairs of paper bunny ears with an array of markers, coloring them brightly in the children’s section of the Logansport-Cass County Public Library Saturday morning.

With the help of their uncle and aunt — Jim and Amanda Short — the girls fitted the ears atop their heads and hurried off to another part of the library. There they hopped along numbered circles on the floor, calling out the digits with each leap.

It was just one of the activities at Bring Your Child to the Library Day Saturday at the Logansport-Cass County Public Library. Organizers planned a day of movies, crafts, games and a puppet show to introduce children to the library and instill an appreciation for reading they hope will remain with them through adulthood.

“It’s something nice to do on a Saturday, especially with the weather,” Amanda Short said, watching her nieces hop the bunny trail through the library as rain fell on the snow and ice outside. “It’s educational and they love doing stuff like this.”

About ten kids were engaged in the activities portion of the event at around 11 a.m. Saturday, with more coming and going as time went on.

Patricia Moore, children’s services manager at the library, said turnouts for events have varied in the past, often depending on the weather. The motivation behind Saturday’s event was to introduce young children to the library, she said.

“The ultimate purpose is getting them to read,” Moore said. “If they find out the library is a friendly place, they’ll want to come back.”

Larina Shaffer, a children’s librarian who helped organize the event, said its purpose was to “motivate families in the community to visit the library and offer a variety of activities.”

Shaffer added that the younger a child gets introduced to reading, the more likely they are to enjoy it as they grow older.

Barbara Taylor attended the event with her 4-year-old grandson, Graham Taylor.

“I thought it’d be a nice day for me to spend with him,” Barbara Taylor said. “I thought he needed a little grandma time.”

She said the activities were perfect for Graham’s age group, adding the town is “lucky to have such a wonderful children’s library.”

“They really do an excellent job,” she said.

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com. Follow him: @PharosMAK