Sound Off — April 26

Easter thanks
The City of Port Clinton would like to say thank you to the businesses and the individuals who donated for the 2012 Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza. Thank you to Wendy’s, The Elks Lodge, Community Markets, Miller Boat Line, Bennett Enterprises (Big Boy’s), Piccadilly Circus, Eagles Ladies Auxiliary, PC Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 79, PC Deca, Jet Express, Uncle Fatty’s Tattoo Studio, Walmart, Pizza House, Crosswinds, Island Adventures, Rock Ledge Inn, Drawbridge Marina & Shore Nuf, Marco’s, Mike Snider, Kristi Mitchell, Larry Hartlaub, Brittany Lane, Debbie Hymore-Tester, Snip & Sharon Snider, and Arlene Irick for all of you donations. Also thank to Tracy & Terry Colston, Mary Jo Scott, Rachelle Pine, Tara Crump, Stone Scott, Leo Alvarado, Nikki Bogard, Mike Snider, Rachel Klimentov, Danielle Droege, Michael Leone and Suzie Leone for the time that you donated by stuffing eggs or by helping the day of the hunt. The help from these individuals and businesses are what made this year’s Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza a great success so thank you.
City of Port Clinton

Congratulations to Rosemary Rose and our wonderful children’s staff for winning the Ohio Library Council’s Outstanding Program award for the Let’s Pretend Series at the Ida Rupp Public Library. Let’s Pretend is an interactive program for 3-, 4- and 5-year-old pre-kindergarten children focusing on imaginative play. The first part of the program features stories and songs for a child without a caregiver. Caregivers and siblings are then invited to join in for imaginative play.
The new Every Child Ready to Read program from PLA and ALSC added an emphasis on play to promote early literacy skills; therefore, we wanted to provide an opportunity for kids to participate in imaginative play with their families. Each month a theme is chosen, and using recyclable materials such as boxes, milk cartons and packing materials along with the creative skills of our staff, our community room transforms into an art studio or a campground or an apple farm. Because we use mostly the free materials, the cost is around $25 per program. The program takes place twice in one day to accommodate as many children as possible.
Themes created in 2011 include Art Studio, Camping, All Around Town, Apple Farm and Firefighters. The program starts with a 20- to 25-minute story time for the children that includes books, songs and finger plays about the theme followed by free play time with parents and siblings who are welcomed into the program after the story time. For example, the Apple Farm program included picking apples, washing apples, “cutting” apples and making apple turnovers-all using pretend play. Pretend apple turnovers were created with felt, glitter as cinnamon and sugar and foam apples and then cooked in our “oven” made of boxes. Children were then able to taste a real apple turnover.
Attendance is between 30-50 people including parents and siblings. Each family leaves with information on Every Child Ready to Read, finger plays and rhymes, book suggestions, activities to do at home along with ideas on how to recreate the pretend play adventure at home.
Each program receives many thanks from caregivers and requests for more. The program is planned by Rose Mary Rose, a youth services staff member with more than 30 years of library experience working with children. The entire youth services staff helps wherever necessary from making props, preparing information for parents and setting and cleaning up the community room.
We are very proud of our staff for receiving this Give a Shout Outstanding Program award.
Deborah Loiacono, Director
Ida Rupp Public Library

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