About 200 children and parents bid farewell to the winter blues Friday at the annual Spring Fling at Fort Hood’s Casey Memorial Library.

Jessica Marchik’s 2-year-old daughter, Kiley, pulled a plastic yellow duck out of the duck pond to see what prize she earned.

“I think it’s really neat and fantastic that the library does all this work and provides so many activities for the kids,” Marchik said.

A bounce house in front of the library greeted the excited crowd. Booths filled the library’s courtyard and each child received a goodie bag and blank sheet that quickly filled up with stickers after completing an activity, such as the football or basketball toss.

“It’s all about enjoyment and giving kids something to do during spring break,” said Jennifer Hauschildt, public services librarian. “We also want the children and their parents to see that the library isn’t just about books, because we have science Saturday, storytime and monthly crafts and our big summer reading program.”

The library’s children’s section offers two computers for educational games, a reading area with puppets and a Little Tykes computer for children younger than 5, plus study areas for homework.

Linda Perez, library program manager, helped for the first time at the craft table giving out multicolor foam picture frames for children to decorate.

“I’m excited to see how it works out because I’ve heard it is one of the biggest events at the library each year,” Perez said.

“It’s nice to have activities like this to keep us busy when our husbands are deployed,” Nicole Ousley said. “It’s exciting for the kids because it fills up their spring break in a fun way.”

The annual Spring Fling also gave families a chance to chat with representatives from on-post facilities, such as Financial Readiness and the Exceptional Family Member Program.

The variety of free family friendly events at Fort Hood is what attracts Beth Satterwhite, mother of two children, to attend as many events as possible.

“We do everything the military offers for free because it keeps the kids busy and safe.”

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