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Joyce Endee

Local youngsters have Thanksgiving fun at the library

Alysen and Jenna Pichette show their turkeys to their mom, Kristen Pichette. (Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
November 20, 2012
A week before they would be enjoying their turkeys, kids had fun making their own special birds at the Gilford Public Library.

Kids from infants to elementary school aged gathered at the Gilford Public Library on Wednesday for "Gobble Gobble! It's Turkey Time," the library's annual Thanksgiving craft.

Kids made their on turkeys by wrapping yarn around styrofoam balls. With some help from adult volunteers, a wooden pick adorned with construction paper looking like the turkey's feathers and waddle was stuck through the yarn-wrapped balls to create a turkey.

The Thanksgiving craft is an annual tradition and part of the library's overall series of Thanksgiving programs.

"You can always be guaranteed we'll have a Thanksgiving craft," said Children's Librarian Tracey Petrozzi.

Petrozzi said the projects change year to year, but usually are focused on a table centerpiece of some kind.

Kids enjoyed popcorn and spent time making their turkeys.

Alysen and Jenna Pichette, ages seven and nine, made turkeys with the help of their mom Kristen Pichette, who also provided some assistance to other kids. Kristen Pichette said the family is at the library around twice a week

Both the girls had fun doing their crafts.

"We always sign up for the crafts," Kristen Pichette said.

While kids made their turkey out of yarn and styrofoam, teenagers would have a more hands on experience with their food in a Thanksgiving themed cooking program. Petrozzi said teens would drop in and learn to work with a variety of items.

Storytimes through the holiday have had a Thanksgiving focus.

After Thanksgiving, the library focuses on the Christmas season with programs and story times related to Christmas, Hanukkah, and the overall holiday season. The library will have its annual gingerbread projects for preschoolers through adults.

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