Children spend afternoon with grandparents at Grand Day @ the Library

By Ben Freda - For Abington Journal
Sarah Sutton, manager of educational programs at Everhart Museum, reads the children a book titled ‘Flowers are Calling.’ - Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
Carter Frear, left, 11, of Clarks Summit, listens to a story with his sister Hailey, 5, and grandfather Ted Blakeslee, of Falls. - Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
John and Betty Ann Holbert, of Dalton, with their great-grandson Teddy, 2, of Greenfield Twp., play with star builders. - Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
Sarah Walsh, left, of Dalton, watches as her daughter Harper, 2, glues paper flowers on her mandala, an object of meditation in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. - - Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
Tobias Beach, left, 6, of Clarks Summit, and his 5-year-old sister Thea create a mandala of flowers. - - Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
Sylvan Wu, 11, of North Abington Twp., shows off the mandala he created. - - Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

DALTON — Kids and adults had a grand day at the Dalton Community Library on Aug. 13. And that’s just what this special day was called — a Grand Day @ the Library. It offered an opportunity for children to bring their grandparents (or parents) to the library for an afternoon of stories, games and refreshments. This was an ending event for the summer reading program called Summer Quest.

This program was funded by the Lackawanna County Library System and was in collaboration with the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging. Every year, the library system invites a representative from the Everhart Museum to the library for a special presentation.

This year, Everhart’s manager of educational programs Sarah Sutton entertained the children with a reading from a book and an art project afterwards.

Sutton read the children a book titled “Flowers Are Calling” written by Rita Gray.

“It teaches about what comes to the flowers, and how they are pollinated, what they smell like and look like, and the reason behind that,” Sutton said.

Sutton taught the children common flower symbols, such as red roses meaning love and friendship and daisies representing innocence and cheerfulness. She allowed the children to create flower mandalas, which are objects of meditation in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. It is a reminder of the Everhart’s upcoming event called Diwali: Festival of Lights, which will be held on the museum’s front lawn on Friday, Sept. 27.

Dalton residents John and Betty Ann Holbert brought their 2-year-old great-grandson Teddy, of Greenfield Twp., for him to have fun at the library. Although he didn’t stay to make a mandala, Teddy enjoyed playing with star builders.

“I love it very much,” John said about the library. “It’s a fabulous place to bring the kids.”

Eleven-year-old Carter Frear, of Clarks Summit, and his 5-year-old sister Hailey came to the library with their grandfather Ted Blakeslee, of Falls. They made mandalas and stayed in the library after the program to play games together.

“It’s just a nice gathering of the kids before they go back to school,” said Blakeslee.

Sarah Sutton, manager of educational programs at Everhart Museum, reads the children a book titled ‘Flowers are Calling.’
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/web1_20190813_110904.jpgSarah Sutton, manager of educational programs at Everhart Museum, reads the children a book titled ‘Flowers are Calling.’ Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

Carter Frear, left, 11, of Clarks Summit, listens to a story with his sister Hailey, 5, and grandfather Ted Blakeslee, of Falls.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/web1_20190813_111114-1.jpgCarter Frear, left, 11, of Clarks Summit, listens to a story with his sister Hailey, 5, and grandfather Ted Blakeslee, of Falls. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

John and Betty Ann Holbert, of Dalton, with their great-grandson Teddy, 2, of Greenfield Twp., play with star builders.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/web1_20190813_111958.jpgJohn and Betty Ann Holbert, of Dalton, with their great-grandson Teddy, 2, of Greenfield Twp., play with star builders. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

Sarah Walsh, left, of Dalton, watches as her daughter Harper, 2, glues paper flowers on her mandala, an object of meditation in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/web1_20190813_113905-1.jpgSarah Walsh, left, of Dalton, watches as her daughter Harper, 2, glues paper flowers on her mandala, an object of meditation in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

Tobias Beach, left, 6, of Clarks Summit, and his 5-year-old sister Thea create a mandala of flowers.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/web1_20190813_114618-1.jpgTobias Beach, left, 6, of Clarks Summit, and his 5-year-old sister Thea create a mandala of flowers. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

Sylvan Wu, 11, of North Abington Twp., shows off the mandala he created.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/web1_20190813_115544.jpgSylvan Wu, 11, of North Abington Twp., shows off the mandala he created. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
Children spend afternoon with grandparents

By Ben Freda

For Abington Journal

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