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Local children make tube puppets

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By Lee Gabor

FERRIS - More than 100 children and their parents filled the Ferris library to overflowing Wednesday, June 24, for the second summer craft event.

Stations were set up throughout the facility.

The children could hardly wait to begin the adventure.

At 11 a.m., Kathy Harri-ngton, Library Director, and her assistant, Vivian Oyer-vides, gained the attention of the crowd to explain the procedure.

Mrs. Oyervides showed large and small tube puppets she had created as samples.

Following the lesson, kids of all ages ran excitedly to tables, grabbed tubes and began adding hair, eyes, mouths, noses, limbs and other features.

Some wrapped tubes in construction paper while others used markers to draw designs on the tubes.

Parents’ hands became as sticky with glue as were the kids’ fingers. Youth volunteers were on hand to help the children.

Some of the adults asked Miss Kathy, as the director is called, when the city will be providing a larger facility, especially since the GED classes also endure limited space.

Miss Kathy stated the city is working on the project and more information will be available later.

After graciously helping children finish their creations, Miss Kathy created a puppet theater curtain and children showed off their puppets while acting out stories for each other.

Following the event, young library volunteers served lemonade and cookies on the lawn in front of the library.

The craft hour is scheduled at 11 a.m. each Wednesday through July 15.

The library also sponsors a story adventure each Tuesday at 11 a.m. through July 21.

The Ferris Library is open Monday, Tuesday and Wedne-sday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It is closed on Friday and Sunday. The library is located at 514 S. Mabel Street, near the athletic field. For additional information, call 972-544-3696.

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