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Programs a big draw at library
Puppet shows, crafts part of activities
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Sydney Goncalves cuts out animals to attach to her puppet glove Tuesday during a babysitting class at the Hampton Park Library. - photo by Jennifer Sami

More than 200 children and their parents took in the Sharon Forks Library’s second performance of the Puppet Pizzazz storytime Wednesday.

The half-hour event featuring puppets, sing-a-longs and stories drew delighted smiles and laughter.

Donna Marie Wiktorski, a department support aid at the library branch, said the program is typically offered in the summer and during breaks, so school-aged children can attend.

All three of the county’s library branches offer children’s activities year-round, but spring break was a particularly busy time.

From elementary game day to family storytimes, each of the branches offered a variety of fun and educational programs to families who weren’t at the beach or out of town.

During the Young Rembrandts art class Monday at the Cumming Library, Jolean Knop played with infant son Mac while her two older daughters, Kettan and Karenna, learned to draw a cat after hearing the story of “Pete the Cat.”

“We just wanted a break from a long week at home,” Knop said. “It’s just nice to get them out and to do something that’s stimulating … they love the library.”

Before showing “Peter Pan” during movie time Thursday, the Hampton Park Library held the Savvy Sitters Teen program for children 12 and older interested in becoming babysitters.

Vanessa Cowie, a library information specialist/youth services, offered the children babysitting tips and tricks, including various engaging songs, crafts and other fun ways to keep kids entertained.

Sydney Goncalves and older sister Emily got to make glove puppets and learned a few new songs while their mother, Nilsa, waited in the lobby.

The class was just one of many the Goncalves attended during spring break.

“It was nice to see them do something for teens, for the older kids,” she said. “It was just something fun to do and they were happy to go.

“They like to go to the library. There are lots of things for them to look into besides the books, the magazines and the movies, they like to do.”