Tahlequah Daily Press

June 14, 2013

Youngsters dig up fun at library

By TEDDYE SNELL
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Some of the most fun kids can have involves dirt, digging and planting.

Thursday, over 100 youngsters participating in the Summer Reading Program made a variety of crafts, from decorated grass seed pots, to ladybug grass baskets, to butterfly suncatchers.

This summer’s theme is “Dig Into Reading,” and Tahlequah Public Library Youth Services Coordinator Michelle Parnell has been impressed with the level of participation.

“We have 101 as of right now, and we still have half an hour left for craft time,” said Parnell. “The kids come and check in their reading logs to get prizes, and then move on to the craft tables.”

Thursday, three crafts were available in varying levels of difficulty.

“The easy craft is decorating a seed pot,” said Parnell. “They decorate it, then fill it with dirt and grass seed. Hopefully, in about 10 days, grass will be growing from the pots.”

The medium difficulty craft was a ladybug grass basket. Participants used foam forms to create a basket with fringed “grass” at the top and ladybug foam forms adorning the sides of the baskets. Each was equipped with a handle for easy carrying.

Several of the kids used their ladybug baskets to carry their grass seed pots.

“The hard craft is a plastic suncatcher they can stick in the garden,” said Parnell. “These are called difficult, because they have to paint them. Painting is always hard.”

The suncatchers were decorated with butterflies, dragonflies and other “friendly” insects.

Jean Parker, owner of a local home daycare center, had about a dozen young charges with her Thursday morning. All were toting crafts they’d made at the library.

“We just love craft time at the library,” said Parker. “I was running a little behind this morning and the kids were really on me to hurry up, because they didn’t want to miss craft time.”

Parker’s “kids” also love the Summer Reading Program.

“We just love coming to our library, and are so thankful they have so many fun things for us to do,” said Parker.

Parnell explained the reading logs and how youth amassed points for prizes.

The logs contain spots for stamps, and a full log equals 100 minutes of reading. For every 100 minutes a child reads, they earn a prize.

 

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