Wednesday, April 13, 2016

More than 4,000 Patrons Attend Spring Break @ the Library

Last week, the library hosted over 40 programs for kids and teens during Forsyth County Schools’ spring break. Programs included puppet shows, movie screenings, an author and illustrator visit, animal programs, a music program, and more family fun.

Many of our patrons took advantage of their staycations by attending these programs. In total, the library saw over 4,000 patrons attend our spring break programs!

Many thanks to our Youth Services staff for planning and presenting the programs. Thanks to all of the other branch staff for accommodating large crowds in the branches, too!

Below are a few program highlights:

Each branch presented a spring break edition of Puppetpalooza, our popular over-the-top puppet show series. The Cumming Library provided an especially entertaining program recap after their Puppetpalooza programs.

“Two great groups this morning!  Katelynn, Lorraine, and I performed the shows alternating with the activities. Everything went mostly well, except for during the second performance, the volcano became a little too active and fell off the stage. Ooops! For a grand finale, we pulled out our new GIANT parachute, and the kids LOVED this!! The moms held the parachute while the kids all jumped and giggled underneath.” –Julie Boyd

The Sharon Forks Library presented a Minute to Win It program, which included fun mini challenges for elementary schoolers and their families.

“Egads! Jill and I were not expecting so many eager competitors for the Minute To Win It challenges...This was a super fun event and we received many compliments from parents and kids who were enjoying all the challenges. I can’t say enough about how awesome our team of TAB volunteers performed today. Honestly, there is no way that we could have pulled this off without them!” -Kim Ottesen

The Post Road Library hosted its annual Touch a Truck event, featuring a variety of vehicles for kids to see up close!

“It was a glorious day for Touch a Truck...We had a fire truck, a Sawnee bucket truck and the cab of an 18 wheeler. The police brought a squad car, their mobile command unit and a hostage crisis vehicle. The gentleman with the 18 wheeler also brought two golf carts. The kids got to enjoy touching the trucks as well as touring the mobile command unit, honking truck horns and getting all sorts of swag – from firefighter hats and sheriff’s badges to pencils and stickers – from our guests. There were also some crafts inside once families got done touring the vehicles...Many, many thanks to Kelly for organizing this terrific event yet again!” -Lisa Echols

Spring break week finished up with a visit from beloved children’s book character, Pete the Cat, who took a tour of Forsyth County and met with excited fans at all of the library branches. The Hampton Park Library saw a huge audience for their program, I Like My Stories: A Groovy Pete the Cat Storytime.

“What a turnout!!!! We had Pete fanatics both big and small! The highlight of our show today (other than our Pete, of course) was Ms. Vanessa’s AWESOME live-action Pete the Cat:  I Love My White Shoes. She put on her white shoes and recreated Pete’s fateful journey, stepping in strawberry (Jell-O), blueberry-ish (Jell-O), and a delightful “mud” concoction. Did Ms. Vanessa cry? Goodness, NO! She kept walking along, singing her song! There were lots of oohs and aaahs during this amazingly accurate recreation...This was seriously a great group of kids! They sang along, counted, and kept their cool when the best cat EVER came into the room!!”
-Stephanie Hampson

Be sure to check out the library’s spring break photo album on Facebook. Staff did an excellent job capturing the fun and excitement at all of our programs last week.