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Library celebrates season with Spring into Reading program

By Staff | Apr 11, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED The Captiva Memorial Library is offering its Spring into Reading program now through April 14, which entails book displays, activity sheets and a baby bird's nest craft project.

Families looking for some springtime fun can swing into the Captiva Memorial Library.

On April 10, the library kicked off its Spring into Reading program, which will run through April 14. Free and open to the public, it entails book displays, activity sheets and a take-home craft project.

“We’re strengthening our community by informing and enriching individuals,” Branch Manager Colleen Barany said.

Library associate Naomi Pastor came up with the Spring into Reading program.

“It’ll be a self-guided program,” she said. “They do it themselves.”

Pastor has been putting out springtime book displays, along with activity sheets.

“I have different coloring sheets of baby animals or someone holding an umbrella,” she said. “I have little word puzzles for them to complete on their own.”

The highlight of the program is the opportunity to build a baby bird’s nest.

“In this case, it will be a bird’s nest made with a paper plate. They’ve got little peaks that they glue on, so it’s like they’re chirping,” Pastor said. “It’s a make-it take-it home craft.”

The craft and activities are aimed at kindergarteners on up.

“But I’ve had parents or grandparents sit here with toddlers doing the craft,” she said.

The program is not limited to certain days or hours.

“It’s a drop in any time,” Pastor said. “A lot of parents like that because they have a busy schedule.”

She emphasized that the program is free.

“Everything we do is free,” Pastor said. “All the supplies are provided for them.”

Since the library began offering similar programs, it has seen an uptick in visiting families.

“They enjoy it, and I know more of them start coming in and using the library more when we have these activities out,” she said.

The library is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information on a program, call 239-533-4890.

The Captiva Memorial Library is at 11560 Chapin Lane.