Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Thank-you to all for a great party!

Everyone had a great time at the Dr. Seuss birthday party this past Saturday. I was grateful to meet and talk to so many involved parents, uncles, grandparents, and even one great grandparent! On behalf of the Children’s Council of Rusk County, I would like to thank you all for coming and sharing a few hours of play with us.

I would also like to thank Ruth Meszaros of the Friends of the Library for managing the children’s free book table and to thank the ‘Friends’ for donating free books to the children at our party. The volunteering they do to manage the donations of books and the staffing of the Booktique have brought thousands of dollars to our library over the many years they have existed. It is a wonderful organization of book lovers who want to share their love of books with others. The Booktique is an example of recycling at its best. I hope you will stop often when you visit the library and buy a book or two for less than the cost of a cup of coffee.

The Children’s Council of Rusk County is a group of volunteer advocates for young children. We are parents, grandparents, childcare providers, elementary principals, and Head Start and preschool teachers and staff. We typically meet once per year to plan the Dr. Seuss party, to choose a ‘Champion of the Young Child’, and to plan a children’s concert during the Week of the Young Child. If you are interested in joining our ranks, we would love to have you be part of these activities.

This year’s Dr. Seuss party people included Lucy Taylor and her lovely daughter who made hats and manned the registration table. Lucy’s husband Shawn is very much like the Cat in the Hat (He always sweeps up the messes after the fun.) Karen Sarauer ran the fishing game at McElligot’s Pool. Mary Joslin, fearless leader of the Council, led the cut and paste table. Cindy Gillett, played play-dough with our young friends and watched over the blue sand in the sand table. Behind the scenes, Karlene Gordon prepared playdoh and brought the table with the sand and toys. Michelle Wurzer brought manipulatives for children to create structures and Darcy Dent helped children learn to make an origami boat or fish. Lenore Krajewski helped children with giant floor puzzles and then served cake with the Cat in the Hat, alias Bonnie Gunderson. The photo is Lenore with Darcy’s daughter, Timber.

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