Pirate-themed library event draws nearly 70 children

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Joey Laposta, in costume, enjoys Pirate Day at the library. COURTESY OF DANIELLA HEMINGHAUS
BRADLEY BEACH — A pirate party at the Bradley Beach Library had local and visiting children on a hunt for buried treasure on Saturday morning.  Almost 70 children some clad in pirate gear, eye patches and all made crafts in the children’s library and designed their own pirate hooks out of solo cups and aluminum foil. According to Rita Post, program coordinator for the library, the event is free and fun for young readers to attend during the summer reading months. “It’s just to celebrate summer reading … because the kids have been reading and everyone’s been doing really good with bringing in their passports and everyone’s been reading so much,” Ms. Post said. “We like to do something fun in the middle to make them want to come in and see the library is a fun place, not just a place where you have to go.” Children have their own “reading passports” and received points for each book they read over the summer, Ms. Post said. After crafts, kids were invited to take part in games like “pass the cannonball” and a scavenger hunt throughout the library, solving clues to locate a treasure chest filled with toys and snacks. The pirate-themed event was planned to coincide with Bradley Beach Pirate Day, complete with music and fun on Saturday evening. Jenny Peters, who attended the event with her two daughters, Gabrielle, 5, and Nyla, 1, as a way to fill a “rainy Saturday.” “I came because they both really like pirates, and they really got into the theme,” Ms. Peters said, also mentioning her daughter recently had a pirate-inspired birthday party. According to Ms. Post, the rewarding aspect of hosting events at the library is seeing people enjoy themselves. “I love it when there’s people here having fun, when people are smiling. I love it when they leave and they’re happy and they can’t wait to come back,” she said.

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