WYOMING — Dozens of children gathered Friday at the Wyoming Free Library for an Enchanted Forest themed carnival, which emphasized the value of reading for those 3 years of age and older.
Lindsay Rysz, who oversees the library’s “Tea, Tips and Treasures” program throughout the year, said the event, the last one of the series, was all about fun, as children lined up to play games and win prizes.
Even the snacks, which included “Pond Punch,” “Mud on a Stick,” “Forest Salad” and “Forest Trail Mix,” incorporated an outdoor theme.
Janelle Lee, of Swoyersville, had originally thought the program was only for girls and was delighted when she learned her three boys, 8, 6, and 3, could also participate.
“The boys first came out during the ‘Minions,’ themed program,” she said. “And they loved it.”
Lee said her family visits the library often to participate in programs and pick out books.
As a mother, she said reading is very important to her.
“All the boys are right on track,” she said. “They pick out books here at the library and sometimes I pick out books for them.”
Son Brayden couldn’t contain his energy as he made his way to the lollipop and “let’s go fishing” games.
Lee said surrounding her children with books and opportunities for learning and creativity not only fills summer hours but makes it more likely they will do well in school
Library director John Roberts agrees.
“We have reading programs, books clubs and other opportunities for people of all ages,” he said. “In addition, we have computers available for use. We’re a community hub for learning and activity.”
Rysz came up with the program as an opportunity to give back to children.
“I don’t have any children of my own,” she said, as she looked out at young participants truly enjoying the color and excitement of the event. “In a way, these are my children.”
Carefully selected themes throughout the year, including “Minions,” “Tiny Treasures” and “Going to the Zoo,” bring children to the library with their parents.
Mary Tirva travels from Duryea with her 6-year-old granddaughter, Sienna, citing the friendliness of library staff and the organization of activities.
“We come all year,” said Tirva. “As we keep coming back, she’s learning to read.”
Rysz is already looking forward to next month’s theme, “Camping Outdoors,” which will be the first of the next series.
Reach Geri Gibbons at 570-991-6117 or on Twitter @TLGGibbons