By JOSH NEWTON
This year, spring vacation for many Cherokee County kids means no homework, no early mornings, and a week full of fun and free activities at the Tahlequah Public Library.
The library is hosting a sort of double-feature movie event Tuesday and Thursday, while Wednesday’s schedule will feature a Spring Clean Crafts event and a meeting of the Youth Chess Club.
The week’s activities were designed to give students and their families an outlet to spend free time together, while reinforcing their love of learning and reading, said TPL Adult Programs Coordinator Cherokee Lowe.
“Systemwide, I think, all of the libraries decided to try to do something for spring break this year,” she said.
Movies were shown Monday, and they’ll be offered again at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. today and Thursday in the library’s Community Center. Each movie presents a “library” theme of sorts, said Youth Services Coordinator Michelle Parnell.
“All of our movies that we’re showing this week have book themes, like ‘Horton Hears a Who!’ and ‘The Lorax.’ The other one is more of an older kids movie: ‘The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler’ and ‘The Hideaways,’” she said. “Come join us and have some fun. We have free popcorn and free movies.”
Skyla Peterman, a fourth-grader at Heritage Elementary School, was at the library Monday to enjoy the show, and while she was there, she picked up books for the Reading Patch Club.
Participants in the Reading Patch Club read at least five books, or a minimum of 500 pages total, from categories like adventure books that inspired movies, fiction, history, and series. They receive patches to be displayed on a book bag.
“Right now, I’m trying to get the badge ‘Read to Me,’” she said. “I like this movie [‘Horton Hears a Who!’]. I like elephants. That’s my favorite animal, and I read a lot of Dr. Seuss’ books. I like rhyming and stuff like that.”
The Spring Clean Crafts event on Wednesday will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the main area of the library, or near the circulation desk.
To help make room for new projects and art and crafts materials, Spring Clean Crafts is a come-and-go activity that provides leftover materials for participants to create arts and crafts items.
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