TSU library entertains kids with story time

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Lacy Cook, TSU library staff member, dressed as a pink crayon during The Day the Crayons Quit story time at the Stephenville Public Library Thursday.

The Stephenville Public Library has hosted several fun events for its Texas Summer Reading Program, and once again held another Thursday afternoon with the Dick Smith Library Players.

“During Tarleton’s Day of Service, the Dick Smith Library staff did a story time and the kids liked it so much we asked them to come back in the summer for an event,” Mary Meredith, director of the library, said.

The book selected for the event was The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt.

“We do this because we want to give back to the community. That’s one of the core values of Tarleton,” Lacy Cook, TSU library staff member, said. “We chose this book because we wanted something that was going to be great for the summer and we have 12 people on our committee so it was a good way to involve everybody.”

The book tells the story of a little boy who opens his crayons only to find letters left behind by each of his crayons saying they quit, for various reasons, and the boy has to figure out how to get them back.

Each library staff member dressed up as a different crayon reading their piece on why they were quitting, but ultimately come back for a happy ending.

“The TSU librarians are donating the book to the library so that our young patrons can check it out and share it with their friends and family members,” Meredith said. “I’m really happy to have the Dick Smith Library Players back as they did such a great job when they were here in April. I love having guests from the community visit the library.”

The kids listened to the book and then did a coloring activity with their own crayons.

“I think it’s beneficial for kids to see volunteers supporting our library and our community, and my hope is it will inspire them to do the same,” Meredith said.