Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Wizard of Oz Valentine's Celebration at the Austintown library offered a station where the children could make Valentine's Day cards using crafting materials. Pictured, Camden Cox used a hole punch to decorate his Valentine's Day card.
Neighbors | Zack Shively.Jennifer Kuczek and Ashley Young chose to use the movie for their Valentine's event because the Tin Man wanted a heart. Many of the stations they set up during the event centered around the Tin Man, such as the station pictured, "Pin the Heart on the Tin Man," that Mary Jane Katsaras played.
Neighbors | Zack Shively.The librarians set up a station where children used water to melt green clumps of baking soda, like how Dorothy used water to melt the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz. Pictured, Meredith Wakefield melted the baking soda.
Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Austintown library offered several stations with a Wizard of Oz theme for families to play and craft. Pictured, Dempsey Lassonde posed for a picture at the photo area.
Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Austintown library had a Wizard of Oz related Valentine's Day party on Feb. 10. Pictured, Collin Chasko played a game of "Twister" in the "Twister Zone."
By ZACK SHIVELY
The Austintown library had an event on Feb. 10 centered around “The Wizard of Oz” for Valentine’s Day.
Librarians Jennifer Kuczek and Ashley Young organized several stations with activities with a Wizard of Oz theme and played music from the movie. They had the Wizard of Oz’s Valentine’s Celebration ahead of Valentine’s Day since the Tin Man wanted a heart in the film.
They had a series of crafting activities for the children at the event. The “Have a Heart, Make a Valentine“ station provided the attendees with all the materials to make a Valentine’s card, including stickers, hole punchers and construction paper.
Another station had directions and materials to make flip cubes of the characters in the film. The families colored and folded three different cubes and stack them to make the characters. One cube has the four characters’ feet, another has their torsos and the top one has their heads. The characters on the cubes are the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and Dorothy.
Kuczek and Young also had games for the children to play. They set up the “Twister Zone,“ where they placed a number of “Twister“ game sets. They had a ring toss game where the attendees tossed rings on witch’s hats. The last game station they had was a take on pin the tail on the donkey, but it was “Pin the Heart on the Tin Man“ instead.
Another station, “Melt the Wicked Witch,“ combined the fun of games and the hands on activity of the crafts. Kuczek and Young used food dye to color clumps of baking soda green. The children took dropped water on the baking soda, making it melt.
They set out a station of sweets with names relating to the film. They had strawberry wafers for “Glinda’s goodies,“ lollipops for the Lollipop Guild and animal crackers labelled “lions, tigers and bears, oh my!“ They also had two drinks: a pink drink for good witches and a green drink for bad witches.
The event also had a photo booth set up for families to take a picture with the characters of the film. They had a picnic basket, ruby slippers and a stuffed dog.
Both Kuczek and Young do a number of similar events both singularly and together throughout the library branches. They did this particular event at the Boardman, Canfield, Newport and East libraries during February.