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#Friday: New library program a hit with kids

Emily Wenger
ewenger@mywindsornow.com

Sofia Garza, 10, laughed as her friend, 10-year-old Ella Gameon, read the Apples to Apples game cards in front of her at the library.

As they played, children flooded into the Clearview Library on the Friday afternoon, giggling and quizzing Resa Mai, an outreach assistant at the library, about what their afternoon would entail.

"This week's theme is 'Percy Jackson,'" Mai told them.

"Cool!" several children chorused.

The community room at the front of the library had chairs lined up in front of a projector screen, with the film "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief," ready to play.

A table near the front also held snacks, which included blue punch in honor of one of the film's characters, Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea.

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Three other tables sported coloring books, craft supplies and a card game. The coloring books, craft materials, snacks and games vary, depending on the day's theme.

Mai started the #Friday event last September to give children a fun Friday activity.

"I wanted to give the kids a place that can be their own, but is still safe and constructive," she said.

The event lasts about two hours, from 3-5 p.m. on Fridays, except the first Friday of the month.

It's open to children from 9-13 years old, many of whom head straight to the library after school. They get to come up with their own themes for the events, often basing them on books or films.

Mai said 20-30 kids typically visit the library on Fridays for the event. Although the scene appears to be barely contained chaos at first, once children pick an activity, they tend to settle in and enjoy their time, Mai said.

Other children visit the library to read, but Mai said the event gives those who aren't feeling like sitting still and reading something to do. As they colored pictures of various Zodiac signs, the kids at the library on March 9 said they have fun at the Friday events, and they like that they can choose the themes.

As she watched Sofia, Ella and their friend, 11-year-old Abby Crites, play their card game and giggle, Mai said she hopes she can keep the event going next year as well.

"It's fun," she said.

For more

The Clearview Library District began a new event at the beginning of this school year, #Friday. Each Friday, except the first Friday of every month, 9 to 13-year-olds can visit the library to watch movies, play games, and do crafts and other activities. Snacks are provided, and no registration is required. For more information email Resa Mai at resa@clearviewlibrary.org. To view other events at the library, go to clearviewlibrary.org/events?r=thismonth.