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Library strives to be a fun summer hangout for kids

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Published:   |   Updated: July 29, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Jennifer Greenbaum home-schools her children, but likes for them to enjoy activities where they can interact with other kids.

She often takes her kids to Bruton Memorial Library, where the summer is a busy place for youngsters.

"I like it a lot," said Greenbaum, who recently brought her 5-year-old son Oren and 7-year-old daughter Lilly for a program where children made cupcakes topped with candy worms.

Other activities she's taken in this summer with her children included drum and flute players.

Youth Services Librarian Kate Chang said she tries to vary the programs so children - and their parents - can find something they like.

She also looks for programs that would appeal to various age levels.

The cupcake-making class played off the theme Dig for Reading and was designed for elementary school-age children. Chang started off by reading the children's book "Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer" by Carol Brendler.

Then she and library assistant Debbie Clark helped the youngsters decorate cupcakes with graham crackers and frosting topped with candy worms.

The nearly 20 children included 6-year-old Austin Creel and his 4-year-old brother, Peyton. Both brothers sampled their cupcakes soon after creating them.

"The icing was the best part," Austin said.

Their mom, Tami Creel, said she enjoys bringing her children to the library because the summer programs are always of interest.

The programs encourage creativity, said Heather Rhoden, who brought her 4-year-old daughter Emma Vick.

"I think it's great. She always likes it and she gets to create," Rhoden said.

Library Director Anne Haywood said she is happy with the response to the children's programs.

"We have a lot of people just hanging out," Haywood said.

Some of the remaining children's summer programs include:

Harry Potter Theme Party, 4 to 6 p.m. July 31

Teen Game Zone, 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 7

Update Your Look for Back to School, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 14, where Focus 4 Beauty Career Center will teach kids how to update their looks. Registration is required by calling the library or visiting the library's information desk

Back to School Crafts, 3 to 4 p.m. Aug. 19

For a complete listing, go to http://plantcitygov.com/index.aspx?NID=905.

There is no charge for any of the library's programs.

For information, call the library at (813) 757-9215.

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