2017-03-23 / Editorial

Kids events scheduled at Dyer

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By Leslie Rounds

Believe it or not, it’s almost time for spring vacation. Yeah, I know, spring? Really? But we all know that spring will come again and then the little rug rats will all be out for their week of rest and relaxation. Keeping that l-on g week in mind, we’ve planned lots of fun activities for children at the Dyer Library.

Monday, April 17 is Patriots’ Day and we are closed, but on Tuesday we’re hosting a presentation by Wind Over Wings at 2 p.m. Wind Over Wings (isn’t that a great name?) is a nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to inspiring an appreciation and respect for wildlife. The birds of prey in their care are not able to be released back into the wild, but even so, will surely give children an appreciation of their nature. They will bring along a raven, a saw whet owl, red shouldered hawk and a great horned owl. This will be a great program for anyone who has ever looked up into the sky and felt awe while watching a magnificent creature wheeling in the wind.

On Wednesday, April 19 at 2 p.m. your children could come by to enjoy Poet-Tea: Poetry tea party. April is National Poetry Month. How better to celebrate that than to read and listen to poetry – or even compose a few verses – while enjoying lemonade and snacks. Stuffed animals, favorite poems and fine poets are all welcome.

On Thursday at 10 a.m., instead of our usual toddler program, please come by for Little Builders. Your children, from birth to 5, can build with all of our various manipulatives, socialize with friends and make a few new ones.

Finally, to finish the week, on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. we’ve scheduled an Upcycling Craft Day. Upcycling is a lot like recycling, except when you get done, you’ve created something new and nifty. Drop in to enjoy this Earth Day-related crafty celebration. The only limiter on what could be crafted is a child’s imagination. We’ll supply the stuff and they can bring the ideas. It’s free, fun and no registration is needed.

While you’re here, if you haven’t already visited the Student Art Show at the Saco Museum, this would be a perfect time to do so. It’s also free and April 29 is the last day to come in and admire all of the fabulous creations of children K-8 in our school district, vibrantly displayed, a true feast for the eyes. Let your child show you around and explain the various projects. As the parent (or grandparent) of a budding artist, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to celebrate the talented child in your family. When spring vacation week has ended, and the children are all back in school, then (surely) the weather will warm and spring will come again (or so I’ve heard).

Leslie Rounds is executive director of Dyer Library/Saco Museum.

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