Nutcracker party comes to the Boardman library

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Jennifer Kuczek organized a few crafts for the children to do at the Nutcracker party. Pictured, two children cut out paper dolls at the "Princess Pirlipat's Paper Dolls" station.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.At the Boardman library's Nutcracker party, the children made their own Nutcracker doll. Librarian Jennifer Kuczek played music from "The Nutcracker" ballet during the party.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Jennifer Kuczek had a Nutcracker party at the Boardman library on Dec. 27. Pictured, the children at the event listen to Kuczek read an adapted version of E.T.A. Hoffman's "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King."

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Nutcracker party at the Boardman library had a number of different stations for the children to visit. Pictured, children visit "the Land of Sweets" to get a few pieces of candy and a cup of lemonade.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Each of the stations librarian Jennifer Kuczek organized had a Nutcracker theme to them. For example, the station pictured was called "Color the Nutcracker."

by ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

The Boardman library celebrated the classic story of the Nutcracker in their large meeting room on Dec. 27.

Librarian Jennifer Kuczek organized a party in the Boardman library based on the story, which she enjoys very much. She brought crafts and games as well as a version of the story.

She began the party with a reading of E.T.A. Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King“ that Victoria Crenson adapted into a shorter story. The reading took less than five minutes and included the important details of the story.

After the story time, she allowed all the children to move freely between stations she set up.

Each station had a relation to the the story, such as the ring toss game called, “ring the Mouse King.“

She also offered a number of crafts. One of the stations gave the children the opportunity to make their own nutcracker from everyday items. Similarly, she had coloring sheets for children to color a picture of the Nutcracker.

The children could also cut out Princess Pirlipat paper dolls.

The event also had a few stations for other fun activities. Kuczek set up a table for children to learn ballet poses and check out books on ballet. Families could take a picture with a large nutcracker. She also had a table called “the land of sweets,“ referencing a location in the Nutcracker story, where children could eat candy and drink lemonade.

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