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  • 'Wizard of Oz Book Party' pays homage to classic book with educational activities

  • Dover Public Library guided a handful of children along a Yellow Brick Road full of activities and crafts inspired by the classic book and film “The Wizard of Oz” last week.
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  • Dover Public Library guided a handful of children along a Yellow Brick Road full of activities and crafts inspired by the classic book and film “The Wizard of Oz” last week.
    The Wizard of Oz Book Party on Friday allowed its young visitors to play Pin The Heart on the Tin Man, create Scarecrow faces, Cowardly Lion masks and an origami fortune-teller craft.
    Doing her best to impersonate her favorite Oz character – Glinda the Good Witch of the South – Chiamaka Igwegbu wore a sparkly crown and a princess dress to the book party. Chiamaka added to her outfit by creating a shiny wand like Glinda at the book party, an accessory she made out of glitter and paper.
    The 7-year-old said she likes Glinda because, “I like good people.”
    Meanwhile, Jaymir Dickson, whose favorite character is the Cowardly Lion, said he enjoyed playing the origami fortune-teller game.
    “It was easy, but it was a lot of thinking that went into it,” he explained.
    While most of the guests at the book party were younger than Dickson, who’s 13, he attended the event as a volunteer to watch over his younger peers in the local Delaware 4-H enrichment program for youth.
    Lorraine Dagley, site coordinator of Dover’s 4-H program, said the event provided a good opportunity to bring the roughly 12 children enrolled in the program to the library.
    “I thought it was important because a lot of the students, although they live right here in the community, they don’t get an opportunity to take advantage of some of the programs here,” she said. “Being at the library encourages constant, continuous reading. And it encourages [the students] to reach beyond the block [they live on].”
    The idea for the activities came from Becky Norton, assistant director of the Dover Public Library, and her team of assistant librarians in the children’s department. The goal was to create a fun program that had an educational spin to it.
    “For example, they don’t have to be related to the subject matter when it comes to the educational part, but when you think about the origami, what that’s really teaching kids is helping them to develop motor skills,” library assistant Amber Maxwell said. “You’re learning how to fold things in a very precise manner. That’s actually what crafts do in general, especially for smaller children.”
    Library assistant Jaclyn Smagala added, “We were trying to think of things that are connected to books. Last month we had a ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ party. We wanted to have crafts and games and activities, but to base if off of popular children’s books.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The third and final book party of the summer will be the “Whodunit Book Party,” based on children’s mystery books including The Hardy Boys, held on July 25.

    IF YOU GO
    WHAT “Whodunit Book Party”
    WHEN Friday, July 25; Time TBA
    WHERE Dover Public Library, 35 E. Loockerman St., Dover
    INFO Visit doverpubliclibrary.org or call 736-7030

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