'Dads & Donuts' Delights at Flint Memorial Library
Dads, moms, preschoolers and others gathered Saturday in the library's activity room for wintertime stories, play and refreshments.
Despite several days of conflicting weather forecasts predicting varying amounts of weekend snowfall, dozens of preschoolers, their siblings and caregivers bundled up and braved the cold -- ultimately with only occasional flurries -- to drop by the Flint Memorial Library on Saturday morning to hear stories about snow and cold.
Following a special "puppet welcome" and a bit of puzzle play on the carpet, the children listened and watched with both interest and fervor as longtime North Reading resident and library staff member Dianne Dowd enthusiastically read to and entertained the gathering during her monthly Dads & Donuts event.
Gathered in a semi-circle around Dowd, attendees heard stories and viewed illustrations about adventurous Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright, Dino-Hockey by Lisa Wheeler, and I Drive a Snowplow by Sarah Bridges.
Throughout the event, a number of excited and animated little ones eagerly jumped and waved their arms, while other children preferred to primarily relax and curl up in their father's or mother's lap, all appearing to thoroughly enjoy the experience.
Donuts, coffee and apple juice were served, and before or after the event, many youngsters and caregivers tacked on a trip to the fourth-floor children's room to check out other stories and media available there.
Asked to comment on the best part of the event, Danielle, 8, especially liked the "fun stories," while sister Josie, 6, wrapped her arms around her dad, John, and said that coming to the library with him was the best part. The girls' brother, Greg, cited donuts as his No. 1 favorite.
Dowd's Dads & Donuts is in its fourth year at the library. The event, with stories geared to both preschoolers and dads, meets for approximately 30 minutes at 10:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month from October through March.
Moms, grandparents, and other caregivers are always welcome, and no reservations are necessary. For further information, contact the library at 978-664-4942.