The Children’s Book Week pulled into the reading station as Family Night celebrated Early Literacy on Nov. 16 with songs, readings and free books at the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library.
The theme was all about trains, from stories to making paper trains and playing with train sets.
About 20 children got on board the literary train to participate in the activities while promoting learning through reading, said Amanda Hairston, children’s librarian.
“It’s always important to get children started reading early, and whatever can get a child to love reading is a good thing,” Hairston said. “And for parents, this is a good way to introduce them to everything we offer here.”
Wearing a black train conductor’s hat, Hairston read three books, “Freight Train,”along with “And the Train Goes,” followed by “Train Man.” She blew a wooden train whistle between the stories as kids also made the “woo-woo” sound like a train.
Some children acted out the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty and sang along to “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” at the end.
Then the children made their own train-related fun, putting together multiple train sets in the play room, while others colored and assembled their own paper train sets.
A mother of two children, ages 2 and 7, Marlene Fry, comes to the library weekly. “We take advantage of many library events and I’m home-schooling my 2-year old with books I get from the library,” Fry said.
Each child could choose a free book from more than 30 fiction and non-fiction books, provided with funds from the Friends of the Harker Heights Public Library.
Jessica Hopkins, 8, selected “Christmas Mice” for her holiday reading.
“I love to read all the time,” she said.
Visiting her daughter for several months was Rhode Island resident Madeline Daye, who watched granddaughter, Dalynn Salinas, 6, play with the trains. She was impressed with the variety of free events.
“I think this library is wonderful with the activities they have for the kids,” Daye said.