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Celebrating the Arts at Morgan County Library

Article Date: 
30 March, 2012 (All day)

“Celebrating the Arts”, was the theme for Family Fun Night held last Monday evening. This was the first family fun night that the Morgan County Library has sponsored.

The evening events had a variety of activities for the family, which included stories, art show, pottery wheel demonstration and discussion, modeling clay, face painting, play acting, and drawing.

The stories were read by Josie Peay, she had a captive audience as she read “ I Can Read With My Eyes Shut” by Dr. Seuss and “Will You Please Go Now” by Marvin K Moody.

The art that was on display in the showcase fit in as well with the family fun night theme, some of the artists were present.

The corner that usually is for story hour was occupied with a pottery wheel. A fairly good sized group drew close to see John Pincock, creating pots and vases on the potter’s wheel. Many of the children had questions why and how’s to making shapes on the potter’s wheel. As he was working at the wheel and answering questions, Penny Pincock, his wife, was explaining the different ways the pots are made,  and showing some of Mr. Pincock’s work.

There were many that helped to contribute to the evening’s success. There were students from Morgan Middle and High Schools, as well as most of the library staff were on hand to help.

The improvision play acting created quite a stir in the library with the help of Miranda Edwards,who organized and overseen the group, helpers included Maura Brumbaugh, Josie Peay, Camryn Davis, Wisper Pentz, and Destini Pentz. Who acted out situations and had some unpredictable participation from the audience. Props included: a stick horse, a rocking chair, inflated balls, wigs, cheerleading pom-poms, a shawl, colorful hats, and party leis.

The face painting was creatively done by Bree Hill and Jessie Hoang. Some of their work included: pink butterflies, rainbows, blue dolphins,soccer ball, football, blue or purple flowers and green shamrocks.

The drawing room was under the direction of Ashly Pentz, with color pencils and crayons and paper, the children drew such things as trees, flowers, and houses, some had assistance from their parents.

The library staff distributed modeling clay, small containers were given to the children that were interested. This was also near the area where the pottery demonstration was held. Unique shapes were formed by the parents and children, a make and take. 

Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening. The MC Librarian,Valerie Hancock said she felt that “it was a good turn out for the first one.” Mrs Hancock said we are planning on having a Family Fun Night activity once a quarter. Though it has yet to be announced what the theme will be, it will probably be in three months.

 There will be a different display in the showcase in April.