Willard preschoolers get immersed in library activities

Cary Ashby • Mar 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM

WILLARD — Anderson Steinmetz added colors and designs to the cat on the tablet.

Near the the 4-year-old boy was Anna Franczak, 5, of Willard, who was putting together a jigsaw puzzle with her classmates and a teacher’s aide.

Just a few days before the Willard preschoolers spent an afternoon at the Willard Memorial Library, Anderson checked out a book from there with his “Grammy,” Renee Steinmetz.

When the younger Steinmetz is at the library, he said he enjoys “just playing” with the tablets and puppets.

“We read every night at bed,” added his mother, Ashley, the Willard High School librarian. 

But that might not be the case with some of the preschoolers who visited the Willard branch of the Huron County Community Library. On Friday, youth services manager Charlotte Cunningham read the youngsters a book and the preschoolers made a craft, had a snack and played.

Preschool teacher Renee White said she wanted the children to see what the library has to offer and then use that excitement to return with their parents.

“I feel like they don’t know what’s here,” she added. “I want them to be excited to be here and ask to bring their parents back.”

Before the children started with their activities, the teachers organized them into groups.

“Everybody is going to get to do everything,” White told the students, which prompted a small cheer.

The Willard library often attracts older students. Ashley Steinmetz said teenagers, particularly those from the middle school, often “hang out here.”

“Sometimes they come to meet their friends here,” she added. “I like that (the library) is separated by age. It’s age-appropriate.”

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