Disney-themed event at Wyoming Library brings out all ages

By Geri Gibbons - For Sunday Dispatch
Emily Griffis, 6, of Exeter, colors a carousel picture for her Mary Poppins jar. - Amanda Hrycyna | For Sunday Dispatch
Robert, 6, twins Jayden and Raymond 5, Jeremy Shaver, 6, with their older brother Austin Novack, 10, of Plains. - Amanda Hrycyna | For Sunday Dispatch
Anthony Argento, 4, of Forty Fort, puts beads in his Mary Poppins jar. - Amanda Hrycyna | For Sunday Dispatch
Ava Argento, 7, of Forty Forty, fills her Mary Poppins jar with buttons and beads with the help of volunteer Kaitlyn Lukashewski, of Plains. - - Amanda Hrycyna | For Sunday Dispatch
Michela Welby, 6, and Mia Correa, 9, of Swoyersville, pose with their Goofy pencil jars. - - Amanda Hrycyna | For Sunday Dispatch

WYOMING — The Wyoming Free Library welcomed the Christmas season on Dec. 10 with a Disney-themed event that brought out dozens of children to make a craft, choose a book and spend time with family.

Library Director John Roberts said the colorful event was consistent with the library’s commitment to family and community.

“Even our refreshments are Disney,” he said. “We have Pooh Bear twinkies and Elsa punch.”

Three “stations” were filed with color, glitter and glue and about 20 youngsters made their way through the library, crafting “Goofy” pencil holders, Mary Poppins carousel and a Christmas craft.

The Argento family enjoyed the event as a time to get away from the busyness of the season and to enjoy each other.

As Ava, 7, and Anthony, 4, enthusiastically chose colors for their craft, Mom Kara looked on with a smile, saying she was looking forward to the Christmas season as an opportunity for both creativity and family.

Coming to the library is a family tradition for the Argentos, whether it be a trip to the program’s monthly Tea, Tips and Treasures program or the reading of a book in a quiet corner of the children’s area.

“This is a great event not just for kids,” said Kara Argento. “It’s great for all ages.”

Angela Welby, of Swoyersville, brought her daughters Gianna, 9, and Michela, 6, to the event, complete with glittery Minnie Mouse ears and big smiles.

Michela eagerly made her way over to her mother decked in a “Frozen” shirt to show her a completed Goofy pencil holder.

Melissa Correa, also of Swoyersville, looked on as her daughter Mia, 9, also decked out in Minnie Mouse ears, pasted, glued and colored.

“We love Disney,” said Correa. “This is a really cute theme.”

Board member and volunteer Rae Anusiewicz took a seat at one of the stations, eagerly cutting and pasting alongside the younger set.

Anusiewicz said the event was consistent with the library’s commitment to providing young people with opportunity for positive, creative activity.

“Recently our sewing club donated 60 blankets they made to those in need,” she said. “We also donate items to the SPCA and Blue Chip Rescue.”

Roberts said the Christmas event is becoming a library tradition.

“Each year is a different theme. Last year was the Grinch,” he said. “As long as we can keep coming up with themes, we’ll be hosting this event every year.”

Emily Griffis, 6, of Exeter, colors a carousel picture for her Mary Poppins jar.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_Disney1.jpgEmily Griffis, 6, of Exeter, colors a carousel picture for her Mary Poppins jar. Amanda Hrycyna | For Sunday Dispatch

Robert, 6, twins Jayden and Raymond 5, Jeremy Shaver, 6, with their older brother Austin Novack, 10, of Plains.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_Disney2.jpgRobert, 6, twins Jayden and Raymond 5, Jeremy Shaver, 6, with their older brother Austin Novack, 10, of Plains. Amanda Hrycyna | For Sunday Dispatch

Anthony Argento, 4, of Forty Fort, puts beads in his Mary Poppins jar.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_Disney3.jpgAnthony Argento, 4, of Forty Fort, puts beads in his Mary Poppins jar. Amanda Hrycyna | For Sunday Dispatch

Ava Argento, 7, of Forty Forty, fills her Mary Poppins jar with buttons and beads with the help of volunteer Kaitlyn Lukashewski, of Plains.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_Disney4.jpgAva Argento, 7, of Forty Forty, fills her Mary Poppins jar with buttons and beads with the help of volunteer Kaitlyn Lukashewski, of Plains. Amanda Hrycyna | For Sunday Dispatch

Michela Welby, 6, and Mia Correa, 9, of Swoyersville, pose with their Goofy pencil jars.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_Disney5.jpgMichela Welby, 6, and Mia Correa, 9, of Swoyersville, pose with their Goofy pencil jars. Amanda Hrycyna | For Sunday Dispatch
Themed event at Wyoming Library brings out all ages

By Geri Gibbons

For Sunday Dispatch

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