Libraries planning for ‘staycation’ festivities
ARENAC COUNTY — The branch libraries in the Iosco-Arenac District Library have a mix of activities and events in store from April 1-5 for kids who are going to be sticking around during spring break.
Lynne Bigelow, children and teen services coordinator for the district library, said this is the first time the district library has done a full week of events during spring break. Since Iosco and Arenac County schools have their spring break at the same time — coupled with Easter being early this year — she felt the timing was right to do a full week of events.
“I know especially with Easter being so early this year and the weather not being great, someone may want to get out of the house and check out the library, and do something fun,” Bigelow said.
In Arenac County, the libraries in Standish and Au Gres will have events going on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Oscoda, Tawas, and East Tawas libraries have scheduled events on the other three days.
On April 1, the East Tawas community multi-purpose room will host a video game party for kids in fourth- through sixth-grades. Scheduled to run from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., the event is sponsored by the Friends of the East Tawas Library group, and according to Bigelow will feature the newest game consoles and titles.
Bigelow said the district had done a similar gaming party in Oscoda a couple years ago, where they set up four stations for multiple players. The games are not mature-rated titles, or violent ones, she said, though the lineup for the upcoming event is not yet decided.
The Mary Johnston Memorial Library will host comedian and magician Joel Tacey and his comedy show on April 2 at 2:30 p.m. The show is open to all ages.
“Joel Tacey has done a lot of different programs with us over the years,” Bigelow said. “He’s always a lot of fun. He does magic, he does juggling, he does balloon creations, and there’s a lot of audience participation, which is fun.”
On Wednesday, April 3, the Au Gres Community Library will see a visit by storyteller Beth Bagley-Stanton at 10 a.m. and at Oscoda’s Parks Library at 2 p.m. The program, “Fun with Folk & Fairy Tales,” is a retelling of those stories with audience participation, and is recommended for kids from preschool ages up through fifth grade.
Bigelow said Bagley-Stanton does her own writing and music for her shows, and did a series of events a few years ago as part of the district library’s summer reading program.
On Thursday, the Tawas City Library will have Rick Morse bring his homemade puppets out to perform “Sleeping Beauty” to kids at 10:30 a.m.
“It’s a fractured fairy tale, so it’s very funny,” Bigelow said. “At the end, when it’s all done, he brings out his puppets. Some of them are marionettes, and he shows the kids how to use them and sometimes he lets them try them out.”
Finally, the Parks Library in Oscoda will host a Yu-Gi-Oh tournament on April 5 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. The tournament is open to kids in fifth- through 12th-grade, with prizes available to the winners. To register for the tournament, call 989-739-9581.
Bigelow said the tournaments used to be a monthly thing at the library, but as the participants got older and into college they wound them down into a yearly event.
“We usually get younger players with the older players, and they teach each other,” she said. “If we get enough kids coming, maybe we’ll do it regularly again.”
She added if nothing else, there will be a pizza party there as well.