Archive for Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Library’s young child fair set to make triumphant return

March 28, 2012

After a successful inaugural year, a library event for families with young children is back again this weekend, this time with even more activities.

The Bonner Springs City Library will have its 2nd Annual Books, Blocks & Bubbles Young Child Fair 10 a.m. – noon Saturday at the library. A blend of fun, educational activities for children and helpful information for parents, last year’s event brought out about 300 visitors, and this year promises several new activities, including a visit from the Easter Bunny.

A collaboration between the library and the local Parents As Teachers organization, the drop-in event is meant to spread awareness of services and activities for young children in the community.

“The purpose of all this is to bring together anyone who has young children… in one place and provide information and all the wonderful community services and agencies that serve them,” Kim Beets, library director, said.

New this year, with the event’s proximity to Easter, organizers decided to have the Easter Bunny make an appearance. The bunny will wander through the fair handing out carrot seeds, and visitors are welcome to get a photo with him.

Also, Bonner Springs Parks and Recreation is getting involved to offer a movement exercise and will lead children in “zumbatomic” activity on the library patio, while the Bonner Springs Police Department will bring along Identakid kits and car seat technicians will offer car seat checks.

“We’re so excited to have every aspect of what we could possibly have covered in this event,” Beets said.

All of the activities that made last year’s fair a success are returning, including the Parents as Teachers BLOCK Fest, which uses five different kind of blocks that help introduce math and science concepts to children.

Donna Higbee, parent educator with Parents as Teachers, said events like the fair help families become familiar with BLOCK Fest, which often is offered through certain organizations or schools and requires parents to sign up to participate.

Also returning is an activity making a healthy snack with Kansas State University’s Extension Office for Wyandotte County. An edible yo-yo will be part of this year’s nutritious snack for children. Other activities include a fire truck in the back parking lot, story time at the library fireplace, and free hearing screenings for children ages birth to 3.

And again, in the library’s meeting room, several different agencies that provide health and other services for young children will be represented.

The meeting room also will be where those who attend can turn in a map proving they have visited several of the fair’s activities and get a container of bubbles, as well as get entered for three door prizes.

“There a lots of Wyandotte County agencies, they focus so much on the eastern part of the county but not so much the western part, so not everybody knows the different agencies that are available,” Higbee said. “So that’s another benefit of coming out.”

Organizers said they were impressed with the number of fathers who brought children to last year’s fair, proving it is an event for the whole family.

For more information, contact the library at 441-2665.

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