Library celebrates children’s book

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Neighbors | Zack Shively .Children created collages at the Poland library similar to those created by illustrator Eric Carle in "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" using cut pieces of tissue paper, glue and paper with an animal outline.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively .Librarians at the Poland library set out snacks and drinks for children during their event on Sept. 14.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively .Children played with magnetic blocks on Sept. 14 at the Poland library during a celebration of "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.A child laced around a picture of Brown Bear from Bill Martin, Jr.'s "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" at the Poland library at their 50th anniversary celebration of the book on Sept. 14.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively .The Poland library hosted an event on Sept. 14 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the children's story "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Bill Martin, Jr. The library prepared activities for the children after a reading of the story, including a bean bag toss game.

by ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

The Poland library commemorated the 50th anniversary of the children’s story “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?“ with its “Happy Birthday, Brown Bear” event on Sept. 14.

Librarian Vicki Peck read the story, written by Bill Martin Jr., and made sure to show the children illustrator Eric Carle’s creative pictures from the book.

As she read the story, she placed magnets depicting the animals in the story on a board so the children could see the artwork and remember each animal that had been mentioned. The children read along aloud with Peck. The children sang “Happy Birthday” to Brown Bear after the story finished.

Peck opened the event to play time and crafting after they sang. The library had different stations prepared and the children could move freely between them. They set up an area where the children could create name bracelets in the corner of the children’s meeting room. They had magnetic building blocks in the other corner.

Between the two stations, the library placed a beanbag tossing game where the children threw colored beanbags into rings of the same color. The stage of the children’s meeting room, across from the beanbag game, had an area for taking pictures with a big stuffed animal brown bear.

Crafting tables sat outside of the room.

The library designed these crafting tables for children to create collages similar to Carle’s collage artwork in the book. They supplied the children with cut-out tissue paper, glue and paper with an animal outline on it.

The Poland library hosts similar anniversary events every year. Last year, the library celebrated the 90th anniversary of A.A. Mine’s “Winnie-the-Pooh.“

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