Children make crafts for dads at library


OBSERVER Staff Writer

Just like mothers for Mother’s Day, fathers were able to have their day at the Dunkirk Free Library. The Dunkirk Free Library hosted its annual Father’s Day craft Saturday morning.

About a dozen children showed up to make the banner craft for their special father or grandfather. Children could make the banner which said “I (love) Dad” and could decorate with stickers of a dress shirt and tie, hammer and cars, plus more. The annual event, held before Father’s Day, similar to the Mother’s Day craft, tends to not be as popular as the annual event in May, Pam Czarniak, children’s room coordinator, said. Czarniak also said the nice weather could have deterred families.

“It finally stopped raining and was nice outside,” she said.

Pattie Halas brought her granddaughters, Zofia and Mia. Zofia, age 8, was making a craft for her father, Jeff. She was putting a sticker of a shirt and tie on her banner for her father since he works at a bank. Halas said the girls were spending time with their grandparents for the day.

“Their dad is traveling today so they’re here visiting grandma and grandpa,” Halas said.

Zofia also made a banner for her grandfather with a fishing theme. Nineteen-month-old Claire Tilly, with assistance from her mom, was making a banner for her father and grandfather as well. The event has been held for as long as Czarniak has been at the library. To determine appropriate crafts, she searches online and will pick the best choice.

“If you put in ‘kids crafts’ on Google, there’s millions of crafts,” she said. “I then see what supplies we have and what is easiest for the most age groups.”

The summer reading program for the library will kick-off on July 1 with a children’s carnival on July 2. Registration for the program is free and will start on Monday. The list of events will be featured on the library’s website starting next week and can also be found in the children’s room. The reading program entitled “Dig Into Reading” will run through Aug. 9. Children do not need to be a resident of the city of Dunkirk to attend and can be up to age 11. The library can be found online at

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