Fam­ily pro­gram at OPL fea­tures sports, stu­dent author

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Front Page - By Leah McDon­ald lm­c­don­ald@onei­dadis­ @Onei­daDis­patch on Twit­ter

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.

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