Gabe Durand and Grace Durand are among other children participating in the Water Gun Paint session held at the Mt. Zion Library last week.
By Blake Faith
The Mt. Zion Library has held multiple summer sessions for children and their parents throughout this summer. There are also other events that are generally held and planned for the future.
On Monday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. the library holds a Storytime session. It’s based on whatever the Wednesday event is. The age group is from three-five years old. The activities consist of making a couple of crafts, doing a couple activities and reading a couple books based off the week’s theme.
On Tuesdays, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the library hosts Sleepytime Tales. This is an event for ages 3 years old and up that gives parents a chance to tie their children in the evening if they work during the day. The event is the same layout as Monday mornings.
On Wednesday mornings the event switches every week. Last week, there was a water gun painting event. Children were able to take water guns filled with paint and shoot them at blank canvases and make art out of them. The event is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and next week’s will be Bubble Stations.
The fourth event held during the summer weeks is Music and Movement. The group is from three to 18 month old children. The group activities include singing songs and a time where they get to play and experiment with musical instruments.
The last week for these events will be next week. Other activities coming in August include a one-woman circus/stunt performer in Martika Daniels. It is also an interactive performance where audience members might be asked to come up and participate. This event is on Tuesday, August 9 at 6 p.m. outside the Mt. Zion Library.
Also in August, the library will have an adult paint night as well as a Friday afternoon movie showing before school starts.
Activity Director Stephanie Strick has been at the library for the past couple years and created a Pokémon Trainers club. Strick said that the group has become popular and hopes to expand it to two separate groups. The group is designed to teach children how to play the Pokémon card game whether beginners or whatever level. The goal would be to split the group into Pokémon Trainers and Pokémon Masters.
The Pokémon Masters group would be more hands off from Strick and will battle each other for an hour. The Pokémon Trainers group will be taught the rules of the game, about their cars and how to use their cards. At the end of the training, there would be a tournament.
According to Strick there are a lot more people who are actively coming to this summer’s events. Strick said that these events along with sponsors from Decatur Earthmover Credit Union and Del’s Popcorn.
“We’ve definitely had more people even just in the library in general, because masks are now more lenient,” Strick said. “So people are more willing to come and spend longer time inside. We also have a lot of kids coming in just to study, which is great.
We didn’t have that last year at all.”
All of these events are free to the community members due to being paid for by the library or sponsored by community members and businesses.
“Our big thing is that all the programs that we do here are free,” Strick said. “They’re all paid by the library or sponsored by other community members. This is also a safe place to have your kids do activities. We don’t particularly encourage parents to leave their kids here. The library is a safe place, it’s air conditioned, and we offer a variety of things.”