Puzzle pieces clicking together and dice clattering on tables were drowned out by the sound of children’s chatter. East Lansing Public Library created an alternative to vacationing this spring break for kids in the area.
Youth services librarian Eva Weihl has been with the library for three years. She said this weeklong spring break program has existed for as long as she has worked there.
“All of these events are self-directed and drop-in,” said Weihl. “Families can stop in whenever they like to enjoy them.”
Weihl said the program is every day throughout spring break. She said the days consist of crafts, family movies, board games and puzzles.
Curtis Hicks’ preschool daughter attends story time at the library regularly. He says he is not surprised the library offers an event like this.
“I’ve lived a lot of different places, and my experience tells me that the library always has things set up for kids during spring breaks and other times like that,” said Hicks.
David Montgomery said he decided to participate in the program simply because his two kids love games. He said it’s a good way to get his kids out of the house when they don’t have school.
Weihl said she has only heard good things from regular patrons and people visiting for the first time.
“They seem very appreciative to have options in terms of activities and keeping the whole family entertained,” said Weihl. “We’re very happy we can provide that.”
East Lansing mother Reham Elsafi said because she values the educational aspect it offers for kids, she brings her son to the library regularly, but has never participated in these events.
Elsafi said her son was on spring break, so she decided to try this program. She said she plans to come more than once during her son’s time off, as well as in the years to come.