The Poland library celebrates “The Nutcracker”

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The children could go to a number of different stations based on the Nutcracker story throughout the room after the story. Pictured, children make their own nutcrackers.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.Kuczek made a good balance between activities and crafts in the room. Pictured is one of the activity stations named "The Sugar Plum Fairy Dough" where the children played with a putty-like substance.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Poland library held "The Nutcracker Sweets," a special holiday, event on Nov. 30. Pictured, Parents and children gathered around Jennifer Kuczek while she read "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King."


Neighbors | Zack Shively.At the “Princess Pirlipat’s Paper Dolls“ station, the children and families cut out their own paper dolls. To stay with the theme, Kuczek played Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite" during the event.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.Girl Scout Troop 80200 went to the Poland library for the "Nutcracker Sweets" event that gave them a story, many crafts and activities and sweets.


The Poland library kicked off their series of holiday events with their “Nutcracker Sweets“ event on Nov. 30.

Librarian Jennifer Kuczek organized the event. She had a story time and plenty of crafts during the event. Each station she set up in the room related to the story.

She wanted to do an event around the Nutcracker stories and ballet for a couple of holiday seasons. Kuczek said she loves the story of the Nutcracker and “wanted to bring it to life for the kids.“

The event began with Kuczek reading a pop-up book version of “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King“ by E.T.A. Hoffman to the children. After the story, the children could go around to the different stations throughout the room.

Most children chose to go to the back station, “The Land of the Sweets,“ after the story. The children received candy and lemonade at this station. They made little bags of candy to carry with them throughout the room and take home.

The children could do a number activities. One station showed where the children should place their feet for different ballet positions. The table at the station had a number of books on ballet the families could check out.

At another station, the children could play ring toss where they tossed rings on the mouse king to defeat him. They also had “Sugar Plum Fairy Dough,“ where the children could play with a putty-like substance.

Kuczek also set up a number of crafts. The “Princess Pirlipat’s Paper Dolls“ station gave the children a sheet where they could cut out a paper doll. The children colored the nutcracker on a worksheet at another station. The other craft had the children create their own nutcrackers using toilet paper rolls, markers, glue and paper.

The families could also take pictures between the library’s Christmas tree and a giant nutcracker. Kuczek also played music from “The Nutcracker Suite“ by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and some of the children danced near the center of the room.

The Poland library hosts a number of holiday events, with different special events every year. Kuczek will be offering this event at other branches of the library throughout the month.

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