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Library taking story time to the park

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GREENFIELD — This summer, the Hancock County Public Library and the Greenfield Parks and Recreation Department have teamed up to offer families something familiar in a new atmosphere.

“Stories in the Park” is taking the library’s traditional kids’ favorite Story Time and taking it outside to the Riley Park pavilion in Greenfield at the north end of the park by the baseball diamond. No registration is required, and guests can take in a story and songs at no cost.

The next Stories in the Park event is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, July 25, in the park. The event will last about half an hour.

“It’s just an extra story time during the summer, outside of the library,” children’s librarian Ashley Wesner said.

The library is in the middle of another Story Time cycle that takes place inside the library. Currently, the final week of Story Time events is taking place at the library at the end of its six-week session.

Aside from just hearing songs and a story in the park, there are also additional activities in which kids and families can participate. That includes parachutes, hula hoops and more.

“It’s for families. It’s not just for little kids,” Wesner said.

The library and the parks department also collaborated on a Stories in the Park event in June. It was a big success with about 15 young kids participating, Wesner said.

The library is also preparing for its Summer Reading Carnival, where families can celebrate the end of summer reading clubs during a free carnival. The Sugar Creek Branch in New Palestine carnival is 2 p.m. Tuesday. Kids can play skee ball, take aim with an Angry Bird slingshot and play more than a dozen games outside under the tent.

The next Summer Reading Carnival begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the main library’s Greenfield Banking Co. Community Room. More information about upcoming events at the Hancock County Public Library is available on the web at www.hcplibrary.org. The children’s desk can be reached at (317) 462-5141.

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