Children ‘Go for Gold!’ at Boardman library

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Boardman librarian John Yingling set up other events based on Olympic games, such as slalom skiing and shot put games. Other games, such as the cup-and-ball game pictured, did not have ties to Olympic games, but they provided the children with entertainment.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.One of the games at the "Go for Gold!" event that Yingling set out asked the children to push a ball with a broom into a box on its side. The attendees had to sweep the balls from behind a line, which meant they needed quite a bit of force to move the balls into the box.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Librarian John Yingling organized the "Go for Gold" event to take place during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Pictured, a child played a ball toss game where he threw the balls into a basket from three different distances.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Each child who attended the Boardman library's "Go for Gold!" event received a gold medal with an American flag on it after they had finished participating in the games.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Boardman library had a "Go for Gold" program on Feb. 15 where children played a series of games. The game pictured was a take on curling where the children rolled an apple into a designated area.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

The Boardman library celebrated the Winter Olympic Games with a “Go For Gold!“ children’s program on Feb. 15.

Librarian John Yingling set up a series of games for the program. Every child that attended the event received a gold medal for their efforts in the events.

For the first game that the children played, they dropped marshmallows in a cup one-by-one. They had to stand straight up while dropping them, so the shorter children had more success at the game.

Then, Yingling demonstrated his take on curling. He had target zone marked in tape on the floor. He gave the children an apple wrapped in tape, which they rolled into the target area to win the game. He used tape to set up a place to roll the apple from. The game proved to be difficult for all participants.

Another game Yingling set out asked the children to push a ball into a box on its side. The attendees had to sweep the balls using a broom from behind a line, which meant they needed quite a bit of force to move the balls into the box.

The children also participated in two tossing games. One game had the children toss three plastic balls in a basket from different distances. The other game was a take on shot put. The children threw different bean bags from the space between their neck and shoulder.

Yingling had a cup-and-ball for all the children to play. Each child enjoyed trying to swing the ball into the cup. Many swung too hard and had difficulty accomplishing the goal of the game.

The children then competed in skiing games. For the first one, Yingling spaced three chairs out from one side of the room to the other for a slalom skiing game. The competitors had to snake between the chairs, touch the back wall, and snake back to the beginning. While they moved, they had to use wooden yardsticks like skis.

Yingling moved the chairs and the children raced each other in a cross country skiing game. They still used the yardsticks like skis, but they could not pick up their feet as they moved across the floor this time. Some of the children took off their shoes and raced in their socks to slide across the floor faster. Yingling timed the children in both skiing games.

The event ended with a medal ceremony where Yingling passed out gold medals to each of the children and placed stickers of the American flag on the medals.

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