HOCKEY AND ADVENTURE
Family program at OPL features sports, student author
It was a hockey morning at Oneida Public Library on Saturday.
As part of the library’s monthly Super Family Saturday, children sat down to read “Goodnight Hockey” with youth librarian Megan Gillander, then played a game of HOCKEY Bingo and made their own hockey stick crafts. An unfortunate scheduling error meant members of the Utica Comets were unable to attend, but that didn’t stop the morning activities.
For Gillander, inviting teams like the Comets and others is a way to show kids that “playing is fun and even older kids and adults play. It’s fun and it’s healthy.”
“I think kids like to meet the players they might go and see.”
And though the children didn’t get a chance to meet the hockey players, they did celebrate an accomplishment of one of their own.
Seneca Street Elementary student Alaina David, 7, wrote and illustrated her own book, titled “The Adventure Girl,” that Gillander read to the dozen or so attendees Saturday. The story follows the adventures of Lynn as she travels through the woods to find her friend Alice’s toy monkey Coco.
Alaina wrote the story for her school’s learning fair, and she said she thought it would be fun to write about an adventure.
“I came up with it but my mom helped me a little bit,” she admitted.
The story does have a tinge of real life to it. Alaina also has a stuffed monkey named Cuddles, and she once made a map to have a pretend adventure, she said.
Her book will join a handful of other student works in the library’s Children’s Room, which Alaina said was “awesome.”
“I was extremely impressed,” Gillander said of Alaina’s book, which she first saw at the learning fair. “I think she did an amazing job.”
“The Adventure Girl” will be available to sign out in the next couple weeks.
The library is always looking for ways to encourage kids and the community at large to write, and Gillander said she’s excited to have Alaina’s book added to their collection.
“We absolutely want to celebrate kids that write book and make up stories,” she said.
Children play a game of HOCKEY Bingo at the Oneida Public Library on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
Alaina David, 7, talks about her book, “The Adventure Girl,” at the Oneida Public Library on Saturday, April 14, 2018.