St. Pa­trick’s Day Cel­e­bra­tions Of­fered At Li­brary


Young­sters en­joyed fol­low­ing a trail left by mis­chievous leprechauns at the Escalon li­brary on Thurs­day, even­tu­ally find­ing a ‘pot of gold’ out­side the Sec­ond Street fa­cil­ity.

It was all part of the fun mark­ing St. Pa­trick’s Day dur­ing the preschool sto­ry­time on Thurs­day, March 16. Af­ter hear­ing some sto­ries fo­cused on the hol­i­day, chil­dren fol­lowed a trail left by the leprechauns, pick­ing up some trea­sures along the way, in­clud­ing stick­ers, green hats, neck­laces and fi­nally the ‘gold’ pieces, glit­ter­ing in the late morn­ing sun­shine on Thurs­day.

More hol­i­day fun was of­fered on Fri­day, this pro­gram aimed at teens, as the Blar­ney Stones and Lucky Charms event was hosted at 3:30 p.m.

Mak­ing charm bracelets and neck­laces was the craft project, with at­ten­dees also able to cre­ate their own ‘blar­ney’ stone. Re­fresh­ments were served.

Com­ing up on Satur­day, April 1, the next Science Satur­day gath­er­ing will fea­ture Ter­rar­ium Ecosys­tems. At­ten­dees will gather at noon at the li­brary to learn about ecosys­tems while work­ing to­gether to make four dif­fer­ent ter­rar­ium en­vi­ron­ments. Each cre­ation will be placed in the li­brary so vis­i­tors will be able to see them grow. Science Satur­days, the first Satur­day of the month, are de­signed to en­gage chil­dren in science and math­e­mat­ics through ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­per­i­ments, guest vis­i­tors and more.

Later on in April, the li­brary will host a Fam­ily Lego Day on Thurs­day, April 20 at 4 p.m. All ages are wel­come to come join in the build­ing fun.

The Escalon Li­brary is at 1540 Sec­ond St.; many of the pro­grams of­fered are pro­vided through the gen­eros­ity of the Friends of the Escalon Li­brary.

Some of the ‘gold’ pieces were al­most too big to fit in the goody bags, but young­sters at­tend­ing Thurs­day’s sto­ry­time at the li­brary were happy with the trea­sure hunt and all the treats they got to take home.

Young­sters and their adult coun­ter­parts at­tack the ta­ble in the chil­dren’s sec­tion at the Escalon Li­brary on Thurs­day, pick­ing up a bag to fill with St. Pa­trick’s Day trea­sures af­ter they put their name on it and add a sticker to per­son­al­ize the bag.

With a lit­tle help from her young friends, Li­brary as­sis­tant Amanda Clif­ford gets ready to pull away the rain­bow-col­ored para­chute to re­veal the next treat; St. Pa­trick’s Day bead neck­laces for sto­ry­time at­ten­dees to add to their goody bags.

One of the stops on a trail set up in the li­brary was for col­or­ful St. Pa­trick’s Day hats, which young­sters ea­gerly tried on and then wore as they looked for more trea­sures.

The ul­ti­mate goal of Thurs­day’s sto­ry­time was to find the leprechauns that had been caus­ing some mis­chief in the li­brary; they left their ‘pot of gold’ for the young­sters to find in­stead.

Li­brary as­sis­tant Amanda Clif­ford takes the story book around the cir­cle of young­sters at­tend­ing Thurs­day’s St. Pa­trick’s Day-themed sto­ry­time.

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