Spring break fun draws kids to library
Children enjoy video games, board games and other activities during week off.
Smithville students ages 10 to 18 participated in a trash cleanup at Buescher State Park during spring break last week as part of a Texas Parks and Wildlife grant awarded to the city. With the combined water and air temperatures too cool to kayak for most of the morning, the students walked the dam and along the road picking up garbage before things warmed up enough for them to head out on the water.
Two mustached brothers in overalls, a pink princess and a mushroom man raced to save a kingdom from a big, bad monster at the Round Rock Library.
Children watched in awe as the group of friends jumped over obstacles, nearly missing the jaws of a huge Venus Fire Trap on screen. The children were playing Super Mario 3D World on big-screen TVs at the library’s spring break gaming event.
With a week off from school, kids enjoyed free time playing video games, board games, giant versions of classic games and other activities.
Youth Services Librarian Amy German said the library saw larger-than-normal crowds during the break, with locals and out-of-towners coming for the free and fun activities.
“Everybody seems to have a lot of fun. We get a lot of positive feedback (after the events),” she said. “We do a lot of gaming events because it’s a great event the whole family can have fun at.”
The Nintendo games on the Wii U game system at the party were loaned to the library by a local Nintendo representative, she said.
More than 50 kids and their parents crowded into the game room. The event even drew families from outside of Round Rock.
Austin resident Joyce Kraft brought her three children to the library during spring break. She said the activities and community atmosphere were worth the drive up from Austin.
“I like this community a lot,” she said. “It’s very convenient for me as a mother of three with all these free activities.”
The family took part in library events all week beginning with the Lego Fun Day on Monday, she said. The family planned on attending a library movie event later in the week.
Hutto resident Megan Warner took her two sons Joshua, 8, and Colton, 11 months, to the game day. She and Joshua played Super Mario 3D World and also took time to play the classic card game, Go Fish, as little brother Colton watched and learned.
“He’s a huge fan of Nintendo and he’s very much into Mario,” she said about her son Joshua.
Chinonso Obiesfule (left), 11, and his brother, Chidera, 13, play a giant game of chess at the Round Rock Library’s game-themed event Wednesday during spring break. The library saw a strong turnout this week.
Trinity Campion and Alice Steubing pick up trash along the lake in Buescher State Park. Students age 10 to 18 took part in the cleanup, which began in temperatures too chilly for morning kayaking.