Archive for Thursday, March 19, 2015

Bonner library gearing up for 5th annual Books, Blocks and Bubbles

March 19, 2015

Jane Rink may be fairly new to the Bonner Springs City Library, but she has seen the Books, Blocks and Bubbles Young Child Fair in action as a volunteer.

So she knows why the event has become one of the biggest the library organizes annually.

“It’s important to get resources into the parents’ hands, helping the parents be the best parents they can be and helping them understand they can give their kids a huge boost before kindergarten,” Rink said.

The fifth annual fair for families with young children is set from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 28. As the new children’s coordinator at the library, taking over after Jeanne Dunbar retired in November, Rink will oversee the event for the first time this year.

This year, the year-old Bonner Springs Arts Alliance has stepped up its participation, so the event will have an art theme. The BSAA will help with bubble art and other activities in the Reading Roundhouse, with the help of BSAA affiliate nonprofit Create.

All of the popular activities from past years will return, as well: making a healthy snack; playing with Parents as Teachers’ BLOCK Fest blocks; car seat safety checks; hearing screenings, eye exams, and pediatric health information; a special, color-themed story time; a performance by the Allegro Children’s Choir; and an outdoor bubble garden.

Additionally, local agencies that support families with young children will be available to share information. To go with the art theme, this year’s “mascot” wandering the library will be a blue crayon (past years have featured Elmo and even the Easter Bunny).

Rink said its clear from the way that the entire event has come together that Dunbar and Donna Higbee of the local Parents as Teachers group have established the fair as a community event of significance.

“The way Donna Higbee and Jeanne have had it organized, it’s almost an entity in itself; everybody kind of knows what they’re expected to do,” Rink said. “I personally feel a little bit nervous because I’ve not been on the organizational end of it … but that’s just first-timer nerves.”

Rink said she thinks the event has gone a long way in helping get parents into the library to feel comfortable using the library as a resource.

“We live in this little town, but we can also open big, wide doors to the world at the library,” Rink said.

For more about the event, contact the library at 913-441-2665.

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