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Day of the Dead marked at library
Children enjoy holiday activities
Sisters Brianna, left, and Ashley Gomez color puppets Saturday during - photo by Jennifer Sami

Nearly 40 people attended the Dia de Los Muertos event Saturday at the Cumming Library.

About 25 children participated in the craft activities to celebrate the Mexican holiday, which translates to the Day of the Dead in English.

The occasion, which honors family members who have passed away, was celebrated with stories, masks and flowers through a partnership with Literacy Forsyth.

“This day is a really big event,” said Annaliza Thomas, with the organization. “It’s a good way to promote it through the art of storytelling.”

Thomas said she was eager to work with the library to help promote and expand bilingual education in the community.

“This is a way to bring in the [Spanish-speaking] community, because they are located here and are part of the community,” she said.

Laura Bradley, library program manager, said she was pleased with the turnout Saturday, as well as with Friday’s event at the Hampton Park Library, which drew about 25 children and parents.

“They had a chance to learn about the holiday and really appreciate the value of it,” she said. “And it’s a good way to reach out to the community.”

Julie Boyd, youth services supervisor, worked with the children Saturday, helping them with glue, cutting and other crafts. She was having nearly as much fun as the kids.

“We love doing programs for the children,” she said. I enjoy working with the children and I love to see the kids come to the library ... and fit into something they’re interested in.”