PHOTOS: Stories in the park teach kids about nature
A little bit of dreary weather couldn't put a damper on Storytime in the Park Aug. 9 at the Rotary Pavilion at Levee Park. Even with some drizzling rain in the forecast children huddled under the pavilion, sat at the picnic tables.
It was a nature themed storytime. Two big book stories were read by Barb Simmons, the children's librarian, including "Good Night Owl" and "Up, Down and Around." A scavenger hunt and earth art activity followed the stories. Activities were led by the library and Paige Marschall Bigler, the city's recreation programming specialist.
Children had an opportunity to create eye and ear helpers made from toilet paper rolls and yarn. The finished product could be worn around their neck. It could be held up to an ear to listen more carefully or to look through the tube to spot an object.
Storytime in the Park was part of the programming schedule planned by the City of Hastings Parks and Recreation Department. Hastings parks and recreation partnered with Pleasant Hill Library to coordinate the event and it is sponsored locally by Power Within Chiropractic.
Four storytimes were planned throughout the summer. The last and final storytime of the season is set for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Levee Park. The event will go on rain or shine and it will be an animal themed storytime.