CHAZY - Though patrons of Chazy Public Library already know about what it has to offer, some younger members of the community were recently given a formal introduction to the library and all its services.
On June 23, kindergarteners from Chazy Central Rural School were given a tour of the library by its director, Francie Fairchild. Every year, Fairchild invites the school's kindergarten classes as a way of helping the students learn more about things like the library's Internet access, numerous books, and programs for children.
"With summer coming up, it's very helpful to keep the reading skills there," said CCRS kindergarten teacher Danielle Rovers, "and it's a nice resource for parents that don't always want to go out and buy the new books for their kids when they can just go and borrow from the library."
Fairchild said she usually just reads a story to the children and tells them a little bit about the library, but this year, she had some extra help.
Retired teachers Diane Sabourin and Esther Dominy came to the library and told stories about bugs and did some arts and crafts projects related to the theme.
"Kids love bugs; adults don't," Sabourin explained. "We both tend to work in themes and it's that time of year. We could have focused on summer, we just got started on bugs."
"I think they're doing a superb, wonderful job," Fairchild said of Dominy and Sabourin. "I hope they come back every year."
Fairchild also noticed while Sabourin and Dominy worked with the children, they introduced various library terms into the storytime, which will help the children in future visits to the library.
One of the main reasons why it was important for the students to visit the library is because many of them had never been there.
"We do try to do that so at least they have that exposure one time and maybe spark the interest in the future," Rovers explained.
"It's just to make it a little more special and be a place where they bring their parents to," said Sabourin.
Sabourin also saw the importance for the children to visit the library, because it is a part of the community.
"I was reading ... about field trips," she explained. "Schools cutting field trips and taking advantage of what's in the community. That's important because in first or second grade, they discuss the community and what's there and they should be learning the resources that are right there."
Rovers said when the students returned to the school, they were very excited about where they had been, and especially about the bags they were able to take home with them.
"[Dominy and Sabourin] had put together a little bag and in the bag they had a bookmark listing all the times of the upcoming summer events. They were very excited to have that to take home."