Story hour features ocean animals

By Dottie Dewberry
For the WPT

MABEN — It was kind of like April Fool’s Day when I arrived at the
Maben Public Library on April 19; it was cold outside. Gone were the
short-sleeve shirts, shorts and flip-flops, back were the hoodies,
jeans, long-sleeve shirts and boots on the tots and mommas that
gathered for the Story Hour.

We in the South acclimate pretty fast to warm weather, not so good
with the cold.

This morning Ms. Mary had chosen “Commotion in the Ocean,” thinking
that it was going to be beautiful sunny warm weather. NOT!

Nevertheless, the kids gathered around her feet and listened avidly.
Most of these kids obviously have been to the ocean or at least
watched “Finding Nemo” and were able to identify all of the animals:
octopus, shark, whale, crab, sea turtle, lobster, stingray,
angelfish, polar bears, penguins, dolphins, jelly fish, swordfish,
blue whale and walruses.

After the story Ms. Mary brought out the brown paper sacks, color
sheets of an octopus, crayons, scissors and glue. Each child colored
their octopus, cut out the two parts, glued the parts to the brown
paper bag so it looked like on octopus that talked. HAHA!

Next they drew pictures of sea creatures and then water-colored them,
and then decorated the pages with sea creature stickers.

Soon it was time for gum, books, and good byes.

The last regular story hour is May 17 until Summer Reading Program,
which begins June 11.

The Summer Reading Program is open to children ages 4-12.
Registration will begin soon; make plans to drop by the library for
the registration packet. The Reading Program will be on Tuesdays for
three weeks only. The first program is on June 11 at 10 a.m.

There will be prizes for reading the most books each week. There will
be two age groups for this: ages 4-7, and 8-12. There will be a
drawing for attendance from each age group.

For those that meet the requirements specified in the registration,
they will be to allowed to choose a book from a selection offered.