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Library looking ahead to busy May


Educational programs on tap in weeks ahead



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Nicole Portwood, of Brimfield, entertained children at the Joshua Hyde Public Library during spring vacation as part of her Mother Goofe program. (click for larger version)
April 28, 2011
STURBRIDGE — The Joshua Hyde Public Library hosted several entertaining events in April, including a visit from Brimfield resident Nicole Portwood as Mother Goofe, and the library's May schedule is looking to be quite packed as well.

Portwood, who has spent the last 25 years performing for children as Maggie the Clown and other characters, entertained visitors as part of her visit during school vacation. In addition, the Joshua Hyde Public Library offered a scavenger hunt that week for children, and prizes were awarded to those who completed the hunt.

"Our school vacation events went really well," said Children's Librarian Patricia Lalli. "We had a great crowd for the Mother Goofe event, and we saw a lot of new faces throughout the week, which is always a good thing. We are glad that more people are coming out to the library to take part in all of the activities we have to offer."

The library's May schedule will begin on Thursday, May 12, when a drop-in story time session will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Children will be able listen to stories, sing, and enjoy craft activities. On Saturday, May 21, a special event called "Teaching Creatures" will begin at 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Joshua Hyde Public Library, this event will allow children to hear stories that are enhanced by the sight of live animals. The event will be run by Rae Griffiths, of Teaching Creatures in Belchertown.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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