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Library offers activities during Winter Break Fun

There was fun and games at the Frank Carlson Library's annual, two-day Winter Break Fun event.

"We've been doing this since the school system began taking extended breaks," said the library's director Denise de Rochefort-Reynolds. "We understand there are lots of Christmas presents to play with, but a lot of parents are working and we wanted to provide a service."
Thursday was Building Day for any child who wanted to attend, from Kindergarten age to Sixth Grade. There were Legos, Wedgits, Tonka toys and arts and crafts to make things with.
Friday was Game day with lots of board games like chess and checkers and Sorry, crayons and colored pencils to make drawings with, and of course the always popular Wii video game.
Alice Bachand began both days by reading a story to the children, and then having a question and answer period afterwards about the story theme and the author.
"We wanted to provide something creative for the children to do," Bachand said. "They can come here and be with other kids and play for a few hours, but also learn something too."
On Friday morning Bachand read "Remembering Vera' by Patricia Polacco. It's a fictional story based on a real life dog named Vera that helped rescue several people during boating accidents, and is now buried on a Coast Guard base.
If you weren't able to make the two-day event this year, remember that the library hosts a  Winter Break program every year for young children who are still on school vacation.

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