For the WPT
MABEN — On March 17 each year, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. On March 9, the children learned about St. Patrick’s Day and all things GREEN.
It was a beautiful, sunny but windy March day as the little tots drug their parents and grandparents to the Friday morning Story Hour at the Maben Public Library. Soon, Ms. Mary had the children gathered around her on the floor enrapt in St. Patrick and the Irish as she read “St. Patrick’s Day.”
He was born in Britain around 380 A.D. and was raised by a Christian family. Originally, he was named Maewyn. When he was a child, he was kidnapped, brought to Ireland and was made a slave. After a few years, he escaped; when he arrived back in England, he began to teach the people about God. In the year 432, the Catholic church pope named him Patricius, the Latin name for Patrick, and he became a priest and a bishop. This is when he sailed back to Ireland and began preaching, building churches and schools.
People honor him on March 17 because this is when he died — March 461 A.D. Later the Catholic Church made him a saint. Today there are parades held in his honor. Families dress in green, burn green branches and spread the ashes to make the fields fertile. Decorations are put on the doors. The shamrock, which has three leaves, is a symbol of St. Patrick.
The children also learned about the leprechauns; if you catch one, you can make it take you to a pot of gold. Laugh out loud! The Irish also decorate the shillelagh, a short oak club, with green ribbons, and they decorate the Irish harp. Today cards are sent and cakes, cookies, and other treats are eaten to celebrate the day.
After the book, the children received a color sheet that had clouds and a rainbow. The children, using glue and cotton, decorated the clouds. Then they used dot markers and made the rainbow.
Then out came the Play-Doh and the fun began. Everybody gets involved with the dough, rolling, mashing, cutting with scissors and stamping out letters with the alphabet cutters. All the time this was going on, the music played.
All good things must come to an end as Ms. Mary handed out gum to them when they checked out books to read for the next week.
The library will be closed April 6 and 7 for Good Friday and Saturday.