Li­brary Fall Fest of­fers fam­ily fun, pet­ting zoo

This year’s event in­cluded mini horse rides

The Hamburg Area Item - - Front Page - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@ 21st- cen­tu­ry­media.com @ham­bur­gitem on Twit­ter

Schuylkill Val­ley Com­mu­nity Li­brary hosted its an­nual Fall Fes­ti­val on Sept. 23.

Youth Li­brar­ian Kelly Ja­coby said the li­brary has hosted the event for the past cou­ple of years. The fall fes­ti­val in­cludes chil­dren’s games, fall craft and candy ap­ple mak­ing sta­tion.

“It’s just some­thing fun to do once school starts back up, a fun event to do on a week­end,” said Ja­coby. “It’s a nice fam­ily event, for fam­i­lies to do some­thing to­gether. It can kind of be a crazy time of year, kids just went back to school and ev­ery­thing and sum­mer’s over. It’s just a nice day to spend to­gether.”

And maybe also check out some books at the li­brary.

“That’s al­ways the goal, when­ever you come to the li­brary,” said Ja­coby.

New this year was a visit from a trav­el­ing pet­ting zoo, called Zoo to U from Leesport. Jef­frey and Marcy Kop­pen­hef­fer brought their grand­sons An­drew Wit­man, 8, and Lu­cas Wit­man, 5, from Leesport. They brought two mini horses to give chil­dren rides and al­lowed chil­dren to pet Guinea pigs, rab­bits and goats.

“I think it’s a great thing for kids to come out to ( the Fall Fes- tival),” said Marcy. “Play a lit­tle bit, go in and get some books and learn how im­por­tant it is to read.”

Not­ing that she is a reader Marcy en­joys sup­port­ing the li­brary.

“That’s why we bring the an­i­mals be­cause that’s some­thing I en­joy and a lot of kids do, too,” said Marcy.

Leesport mom Crys­tal Tirell brought her three kids, Pais­ley, 6; Aspen, 3, and Sage, 13 months, to the Fall Fes­ti­val.

“This is fun. I re­ally like the

pet­ting zoo this year. We come out ev­ery year,” said Tirell. “It’s great just to have some­thing to do on a Satur­day that’s free.”

LISA MITCHELL - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Schuylkill Val­ley Com­mu­nity Li­brary hosted its an­nual Fall Fes­ti­val on Sept. 23. New this year was a visit from a trav­el­ing pet­ting zoo, called Zoo 2U from Leesport. Jef­frey and Marcy Kop­pen­hef­fer brought their grand­sons An­drew Wit­man, 8, and Lu­cas Wit­man, 5, from Leesport. They brought two mini horses to give chil­dren rides.

LISA MITCHELL - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Pais­ley Tirell, 6, Leesport, holds a rab­bit at the Schuylkill Val­ley Com­mu­nity Li­brary Fall Fes­ti­val on Sept. 23.

LISA MITCHELL - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

An­drew Wit­man, 8, Leesport, with a goat from Zoo 2 U, Leesport, at Schuylkill Val­ley Com­mu­nity Li­brary Fall Fes­ti­val on Sept. 23.

LISA MITCHELL - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Leesport mom Crys­tal Tirell brought her three kids, Pais­ley, 6( not pic­tured); Aspen, 3, and Sage, 13months, to the Li­brary Fall Fes­ti­val.

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