Holley library celebrates new Saturday hours, children’s librarian

Photos by Kristina Gabalski: Families listen as “Miss Grace” (Grace Azzolino), the new children's librarian at the Community Free Library in Holley, reads books featuring library themes during a special story time on Saturday morning.

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 6 February 2017 at 10:15 am

“Miss Grace” reads a story about Dewey, the Library Cat, during story time on Take Your Child to the Library Day.

HOLLEY – New Saturday hours at the Community Free Library in Holley proved to be very popular as many families with young children turned out for a celebration Satruday morning in honor of the new hours and the library’s new Children’s Librarian Grace Azzolino.

A special story time featuring books about libraries, book-related crafts and refreshments were all part of the celebration which took place on “Take Your Child to the Library Day.”

Library Director Sandra Shaw said the new Saturday hours (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout the school year) are made possible by a grant obtained from State Senator Robert Ortt.

“The grant enabled us to hire a children’s librarian and expand our programs,” Shaw said. “We are also expanding our adult programs ….  we’re gonna have a fun time.”

“Wacky Wednesdays” for adults began on Feb. 1 with a digital photography workshop and will continue on Wedneday, March 1 with a beginning quilting program at 6:30 pm.

“It’s absolutely wonderful,” Holley resident Michele Antram said of the Saturday hours. She brought her youngest daughter,

Savanna, 4, to Saturday morning’s festivities. Antram said she works during the week, so having the library open on Saturdays means she can enjoy library visits with her daughter.

Families attending the Community Free Library celebration enjoy a story from Children’s Librarian “Miss Grace.”

Families had an opportunity to craft library card holders, book marks, and “turtleneck” bookmarks made from popsicle sticks and pipe cleaners following story time.


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