Spring break fun draws kids to li­brary

Chil­dren en­joy video games, board games and other ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing week off.

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Ni­cole Bar­rios ni­cole.bar­rios@ac­n­news­pa­pers.com

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.

NI­COLE BAR­RIOS / ACN NEWS­PA­PERS

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.

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