Thanks to staff, volunteers for help with library event

Last November, the staff of the Beverly Library got an idea for “a fall patron appreciation event.” This grew into a fall storybook park. They came up with ideas, some were rejected, and some they ran with. They talked to many people through the year. They looked for crafts and stories. They found people to help. They tried to find ways to work around whatever could be thrown at them.

The Beverly Leos quickly agreed to help make slime. The Beverly-Center PTO agreed to help paint pumpkins. Huck Farmers Market helped them find 100 pumpkins. Washington-Morgan County head start helped. The MOV Players agreed to help. The Buckeye All-stars secretly agreed to help. The Friends of the Library agreed to sponsor foodtrucks (thank you Dunwright Smokin’ BBQ and Lisa’s Sweet Stop). The staff was very overwhelmed by everyone’s help.

The staff put together 200 craft bags that contained four different crafts for kids to do. They received donations and found supplies so the bags contained everything that was needed to do the crafts. These bags were handed out by the staff of the Muskingum Valley Rehab. It was a very busy year.

And then the day of the event, it was a cold, rainy, windy day. The weather was miserable. However, the staff put up tents and tarps and hoped for the best. It was so much fun. They had books, plays, a flash mob, crafts, contests (the pie making was hotly contested and the pie eating was a blast), and costumes. They had a photo booth. But it wouldn’t have meant anything without the people.

The staff would like to thank everyone who braved the weather to participate in their event; the volunteers, parents and all the children. You made this a successful event that the staff hope to do again next year, without the bad weather.

Susan Chipps, branch manager

Beverly Library