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Story time inspires children to send Peeps into space

After hearing the story "Chicken in Space" last Wednesday morning, boys and girls at the Minot–Sleeper Library built rockets of their own then placed marshmallow peeps on board, ready to go for a ride. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
August 01, 2019
BRISTOL –Minot-Sleeper Library was pleased to introduce Paula McKinley as both the new Youth Services Librarian and Assistant Director last week, and as one of her first official acts on Wednesday, McKinley hosted "Rocket Peeps" as part of the 2019 "A Universe of Stories" children's summer reading program

Already familiar to most library patrons as a part time staff member, McKinley briefly introduced her new role then got right to the fun. Nearly two dozen children and adults were on hand as she began by reading, "Chicken in Space" to the eager audience. The boys and girls were also able to participate by making some fun chicken noise in appropriate parts of the story, which was a big hit with them all.

After taking a few minutes to contemplate what it would be like to fly anywhere in the universe, they then sat down to make cardboard rocket ships of their own. Once the vessels were decorated, the children were provided with colorful marshmallow peeps so they, too, could launch a "chicken," along with their imaginations, off into space just like in the book.

Eight-year-old Gracie decorated her rocket with the logo "S.S.MYSHIP" written on the side. Others used stick-on letters to spell their name across the body of the rocket and drew colorful illustrations on them as well.

Once their rockets were done, the Friends of Minot-Sleeper Library treated them all to freeze pops. Many noticed were shaped rather like a rocket and therefore a fitting snack for the activity.

"It's been a great day here at the library," observed one parent as the boys and girls showed off their creations.

Director Brittani Overton said there's still a little time left for everyone to continue filling up their summer reading logs to earn prizes. The children's Summer Reading Pizza Party Finale will take place on Wed., Aug. 7, at 10:30 a.m. however, with pizza provided by the Friends committee. Winning names for the raffle prizes will also be drawn at that time.

Other upcoming library events will be the Friends of MSL Book and Bake Sale this Saturday, Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Patrons are also reminded that there are a number of passes available to great places like Squam Lakes Science Center, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, N.H. State Parks, and much more. Please call the library in advance to reserve the pass of your choice.

Klumb Environmenta;
Varney Smith
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