Indoor camp out offered at Poland library

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Poland librarian Karen read "Camp Rex" to the crowd of children on June 22.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Allie Mrofchak and her mother Danielle colored a photo as part of the June 22 Camp Out at the Library at the event held in Poland.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Poland librarian Karen sung a song with the children in attendence at the Camp Out at the Library event on June 22.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Brayden Albrecht, age 6, enjoyed a smore at the Poland Camp Out at the Library event June 22.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Emerson and Austin Hayes worked to make a pair of binoculars from toilet paper tubes, tape, paper and string during the Poland library camp out event.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Brooklyn Graffius, age 4, looked through a magnifying glass trying to identify the bug inside at the Camp Out at the Library event on June 22.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Alexis Newell prepared to dunk her marshmallow into melted chocolate during the June 22 camp out at the Poland library.

By JESSICA HARKER

jharker@vindy.com

A Camp Out at the Library event took place for the first time at the Poland branch on June 22.

More than 50 people, including children and their families, were in attendance at the event, which took place from 2-3 p.m.

During the event a tent was set up in the middle of the room with a paper campfire for the children to explore.

The children were initially brought in to a sing-a-long around the campfire, where they learned five camping songs including the “camp fire hokey pokey,” and “a camping we will go.”

Children were also taught sign language sings for classic songs like “twinkle, twinkle, little star.”

Three separate stations were set up at the event, a s’mores station, a craft station and one for identifying bugs.

The children were shown how to make binoculars out of rolls of toilet paper, tape and strings.

Also set up along the wall was a table covered in glass jars with dead bugs in them that the children were encouraged to identify from a provided list.

An indoor s’mores making table was set up as well where children and their parents were encouraged to dunk their marshmallows into melted chocolate before adding them to the graham crackers.

There were also coloring pages and crayons provided for children and their families to use throughout the event.

“I love camping and I really wanted to bring the event to Poland,” said Karen, a librarian at the Poland branch. “The weather turned out to be perfect for an indoor event.”

The event was offered only once before at the main branch of the library in Youngstown.

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