DALTON — The Dalton Community Library Summer Reading Program culminated on Aug. 11 with a presentation by Gianna Cancelli of the Everhart Museum traveling program for children ages 1 to 8. An afternoon pizza party and movie for older children, 8 through 12 years of age, was also held.
At the morning gathering, Molly Gilroy, a 4-year-old Factoryville resident, fashioned a rectangular-shaped collage using a variety of paper that reflect her affinity for bright colors.
“I paint a lot. I like bright red. I like bright green. I like bright purple,” said Gilroy, upon completion of her art project. She described her art as “a vase of flowers, a bowl, pear and banana and a table.”
“We did still life and abstract and worked with shapes,” said Cancelli.
Jennifer Familetti, library program coordinator, organized activities offered at the Dalton Community Library throughout the summer.
“I want them (children) to know the library is for reading but, of course, there’s so much more. It’s for fun and for sharing,” she said. “We really had a good time together.”
One of the Familetti’s goals is “to get kids more involved with each other and art, rather than computers.”
To participate in the six weeks of events, including Kid’s Crew, yoga, art, a nutrition program presented by Giant Markets, and App Attack! an educational app sharing group, children were required to register for the reading program and keep a log of the books they read.
“The whole Lackawanna County Library System does the summer reading program with the theme, ‘Every hero has a story,” said Familetti. “At our library, the summer reading program lasts eight weeks. For this time, the children log their books. You have to be in the summer reading program and tell us you’re reading to come to all of the fun programs. They go hand in hand.”