KINGSTON — When you walk into a library, you expect to see people reading a book, not eating doughnuts or doing a craft.
The Hoyt Library on Saturday morning mixed things up a bit with an event called “Donuts for Dad!”
Children ages 15 months to 6 years old got the chance to bond with their father or father-figure and enjoy a story, create a craft or two, and enjoy a doughnut.
The event was started by Hoyt librarian aide Katie Brown.
“I feel everyone does a lot for moms on Mother’s Day,” said Brown. “It’s not a bad thing, I just feel dads don’t get enough recognition.”
Brown did not shy away to speak about how crucial a child’s interaction is with their father.
“Statistics have shown that parent-child interaction is an important component of a child’s cognitive and social development,” Brown said. “That’s why Donuts for Dad! is geared towards fathers or father-figures in a child’s life.”
Jayme Galdieri and his 4-year-old daughter, Gianna, made the trip to the Hoyt Library from West Pittston.
“I saw the event posted on Facebook,” Jayme Galdieri said. “Gianna enjoys going to the library and doing crafts, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to spend time with her.”
Children first heard a story, read out loud by Brown. She followed the story up with two crafts for the children to make.
The first craft was a papier-mache fish, while the second craft was a photo of a grill. The children had to dip their hand in orange paint and put their handprint over the grill to make it appear that flames were rising out.
After washing their hands, the children were finally able to have a doughnut, courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts.
Gianna Galdieri sat down with a rainbow sprinkle doughnut and said her favorite part of the day was spending time with her dad and making the fish craft.
Hoyt helps damaged store
On a side note, Hoyt Library executive director Melissa Werner contacted the Barnes & Noble damaged by Wednesday’s tornado in Wilkes-Barre Township.
The library allowed Barnes & Noble to hold its scheduled Father’s Day reading event in one of the library’s conference rooms.
Per the Wilkes-Barre Township Barnes & Noble Facebook page, “The community response and offers of assistance have been coming in droves since Wednesday night, and it’s nothing short of amazing that we have friends like the Hoyt Library!”