By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK
The Boardman library had a tween dance party for students in grades 4–6 July 25.
This is an age group that doesn’t want to sit down and be read to, said librarian Katherina Matasic.
The party is “a chance for the kids to come and meet some other kids their age, other kids who have the same interests, things like that,” Matasic said. “We want the community to know that the library is a fun place to go.”
Using an Xbox Kinect game system, participants danced to Just Dance 3, a game available for use with the system. Four children could play at one time.
Matasic helped the children choose music, from 80s to current, and then they watched a colorful figure on the screen and followed its dance moves.
Leigha Wine of Canfield likes that the library offers programs like the dance party.
“I think it’s really cool,” Wine said. “It was fun.”
Wine attended because she likes dancing.
Megan Wilson of Boardman also thought the event was fun. She said that she enjoys dancing in other aspects of her life, as well.
“I am an Irish step dancer,” Wilson said. “But I do a lot of other dancing and it’s fun.”
Both girls had played Just Dance 3 prior to the library program.
“It’s kind of hard, but then again it’s kind of fun,” Wilson said of following along with the figure on the screen.
Matasic had various library materials available for the children to see while there.
“It’s a chance for them to come into the library,” Matasic said. “Some of the kids probably don’t realize we have magazines and cds and movies.”