Phantoms players host story time

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.After the story time, the children could play games and make crafts in the meeting room. The Austintown librarians set up the games, such as the one pictured that allowed the children to play in fake snow.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.Players from the Youngstown Phantoms hockey team read stories to children at the Austintown library on Jan.9. Pictured, Liam Dennison read "Z is for Zamboni" by Matt Napier.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.Upon arriving, the children received free hats with the Phantom logo on it. The parents were given tickets for the whole family to see the Phantoms play on Jan. 15. Pictured, Gianfranco Cassaro autographed a hat for a child.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.The children played games and made a craft at the Austintown library on Jan. 9 after the story time. The craft the children made resembled a mug of hot chocolate.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Austintown library also offered cookies and hot chocolate for the children after the Phantoms players had a story time. The games, crafts and the drink all had a hockey or winter theme.


Players from the Youngstown Phantoms junior ice hockey team read to children at the library on Jan. 9 as a part of a special celebrity story time program.

Defensemen Gianfanco Cassaro and Liam Dennison each read a children’s book for the story time. After the story time, the children played and ate.

PLYMC Development Director Deborah Liptak said, “It’s a nice family event at the library“ that gives an incentive to the children. She spoke about the Show Me Your Card campaign between the Phantoms and the library. Patrons can receive discounted tickets for nine dollars if they show their library at the Covelli Centre box office.

Upon entering, the families at the story time received free tickets to the game on Jan. 15. The Phantoms team handed out hats with the team’s logo on them to all the children at the event.

The story time related to hockey. Cassaro began the reading with the book ”Goodnight, Hockey” by Michael Dahl. Dennison followed that book with Matt Napier’s story “Z is for Zamboni.”

After they finished their readings, they signed the hats they gave to the children. The children then played games. They also ate cookies and drank hot chocolate.

The Austintown librarians organized the games for the children to be played and librarian Nikki Puhalla oversaw the children playing during their playtime. On a table near the entrance, the children could make a craft to resemble a mug of hot chocolate. On another table, they children played with a box full of fake snow.

The room’s middle pillar had two games on it, Pin the Nose on the Snowman and Penguin Sledding. The former game played like pin the tail on the donkey, except with a winter theme. The latter game played like The Price is Right’s “Plinko“ game, where a player placed a disc at the top of a vertical board and dropped the disc into a slot where it then bounced between pegs until ultimately reaching the bottom.

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