DALLAS — An end-of-summer celebration at the Back Mountain Memorial Library brought out dozens of youngsters for games, crafts and refreshments.
The party was the culmination of a summer program entitled “Libraries Rock,” which included not just reading, but storytelling, song writing and activities.
Nadine Dreier, Dallas, said bringing her three children, ages 3, 4 and 7, to the library had been a wonderful way to spend time during an often rainy summer helping her children learn and come to appreciate books.
Dreier said, although learning is important, it was often the “fun” part of the library that drew her children.
“There’s a lot of educational toys that the children love,” she said. “And, when I remind them about the toys, they’re read to come to the library.”
Dreier, formerly a teacher and now a homeschooler, said continuing to learn through the summer makes students better prepared for the school year, preventing summer “slack” which causes children to regress academically.
“Also, during the school year, the librarian offers crafts that go along with certain books or authors,” she said. “It’s a great library with well-planned activities.”
Children’s librarian Jennifer Perch was excited about the celebration and the weather that accompanied it.
“It’s really been a perfect morning,” she said. “The kids are having a lot of fun and learning. I think parents are learning too.”
Sandy Traver, representing the Luzerne County Dairy Princess Court, taught youngsters about dairy farming.
When asked where milk comes from, she said many youngsters are likely to say “the store.”
“We explain to children that milk comes from cows on a farm and is then processed before they buy it at the store,” she said.
Dairy princess Toni Traver helped kids learn about dairy cows through a matching game.
“Seven breeds of cows give milk,” she said. “Cows give milk that varies in butterfat content and cows vary in the amount of milk they produce.”
Both Travers reminded children that three servings of dairy products a day provide necessary protein and calcium that fuel activity.
“Chocolate milk is a great way to refuel after exercise,” said Sandy Traver. “It replaces necessary nutrients quickly.”
For those who came to the event hot and hungry, Fidelity Bank gave away ice cream treats.
Rounding out the event was balloon art, crafts, reading activities and a chance to make new friends.