Photo by M.J. Subiria Arauz
Betty Walker (from left), helps granddaughter, London Shine, while her grandnephews, Christian Walker and Cameron Walker, are assisted by library volunteer, Eileen Pelaez, on Tuesday.
Local children were dancing, singing and using their creativity in the spirit of a joyous winter season at the Clayton County Library System’s Headquarters Branch, in Jonesboro.
Youngsters ranging in age from 3, to 11, gathered at the library on Tuesday during a “Winter Wonderland Crafts” session. They exercised their listening, language, and artistic skills, said Marisol Pelaez, youth services library assistant at the Headquarters Branch.
The Clayton County Library System’s free youth activities, such as the crafts session, provides children with things to do during their holiday breaks from school, said Pelaez. “It teaches them literacy and family fun time ... and a sense of community involvement,” she added.
The participating children created small, penguin flags, on Tuesday, using yarn, foam, construction paper, and glue, which tied in with the session’s “Winter Wonderland” theme.
Christopher Mata, 6, was creating his penguin masterpiece alongside his mother, Marivel Mata, who said she likes the youth programs offered at the Headquarters Branch, because they are educational, yet fun.
Eleven-year-old Yaovi Avoudikpon said he frequents the library with his mother a lot, especially during school breaks. The sessions open the door to a variety of entertaining activities that allow his creativity to ooze out, he said.
“I get to do stuff during my Christmas break at the library,” said Avoudikpon with a smile.
Library Assistant Pelaez said most children stay at the library after the session is over to read and check out books.
Maurya Gehani attended the event with her 3-year-old son, Kris. She said she lives in McDonough, but makes the drive to the Headquarters Branch because it offers a larger number of children’s books than her local library.
“He enjoys the activities here,” she said.
For more information about what the library has to offer, contact the Clayton County Library System at (770) 473-3850, or visit www.claytonpl.org.