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Children get growing at Boardman library



Published: Fri, July 12, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Neighbors | Elise McKeown Skolnick .Jodi Gardner (left) participated in finger plays with her daughter Rachel at the June 26 Boardman library story time.

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Neighbors | Elise McKeown Skolnick .Grace Holloway decorated a cup before planting grass seed in it at Boardman library story time June 26.

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Neighbors | Elise McKeown Skolnick .Librarian Katherina Matasic filled cups with dirt for Sophia Lowry (left) and Gwen Lowry. They planted grass seed at story time at Boardman library.

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Neighbors | Elise McKeown Skolnick .Librarian Katherina Matasic taught children a finger play at the Boardman library story time June 26.

By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK

neighbors@vindy.com

Through stories, finger play and songs, children learned about gardens and how they grow at a story time June 26. The theme of the event at the Boardman library was “Grow a Garden.”

Librarian Katherina Matasic shared several gardening books with the children in attendance, including “Little Seeds,” “Carrot Soup” and “Under Ground.”

Once a week, Kay George travels from Pittsburgh to babysit her granddaughters in Boardman. She always brings them to story time.

“I think it’s nice for them to have a chance to hear different people read books and become familiar with all the books that are there,” George said.

Her granddaughter, Sydney Gozur enjoys it.

“I think it’s really fun because different people read different stories,” Gozur said. “I get to hear what they think of the story and what their voices sound like when they read.”

She liked the garden theme, saying she learned about the different kinds of vegetables that can be grown.

“I don’t really know all that you can grow,” Gozur said.

The children also made a craft at story time. They decorated Styrofoam cups with markers and planted grass seed.

Matasic told the children to put the cups by a sunny window and water them, and in a few days the seeds would start to sprout.

Grace Holloway decorated her cup with many colors. Growing plants is familiar to her - at home, she helped her dad plant cilantro and basil.

“We’ve always loved to go to library story time,” Grace’s mother, Jenny Holloway, said. “Grace really loves music and always gets into the songs and the different finger plays.”

Family story time is offered throughout the summer at 10 a.m. at the Boardman library.


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