Children's classic inspires afternoon of creativity


Lauren Chastain, 9, displays her face painting to Michael Kwiatkowski, 7, as they makes crafts during the ''Alice in April'' day Wednesday at the Hancock County Public Library. Kids made crafts and played games, all with an Alice in Wonderland theme. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — Imaginative youngsters were invited to go down the rabbit hole into a Lewis Carroll-inspired wonderland at the Hancock County Public Library Wednesday afternoon.

In every corner of the library’s youth program room were nods to the Carroll classic, “Alice in Wonderland,” for the event appropriately titled, “Alice in April.”

Children were invited to make Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum’s signature hats and play croquet in the royal croquet court, thankfully with no evil queen threatening to lop off their heads for any missed shots.

The evening was the brainchild of library assistant Sara Cloyd, who grew up with “Alice in Wonderland” and jumped at the chance to introduce others to one of her own childhood favorites.

Cloyd showed clips of the Disney cartoon version and also encouraged children to check out the book on which the popular film was based.

Meanwhile, library assistant Angela Mayer offered her face-painting services to those who wanted to take a little of Alice home with them.

Last Halloween, Mayer painted her own face with an elaborate Cheshire cat design, which drew the attention of library staff and patrons alike.

“That’s what landed me this position,” she said Wednesday with a laugh.

The program was a perfect match for 9-year-old Olivia Alldredge, a big Alice fan.

“She’s curious, a lot like me,” Olivia said.

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