Children at library make presents for mom

Children lined up in the Dunkirk Free Library craft room to make a special gift for mom Saturday.

Child Services Coordinator Pam Czarniak said she enjoys craft days, but admitted Mother’s Day is one of the most popular children’s events held at the library.

“Everyone loves making something for mom,” she said. “It is what all the kids come for. They are excited to be able to give something to mom that they made.”

They were able to put together heart shaped picture frames with stickers and make homemade Mother’s Day cards.

“We try to make it kind of easy; the little ones love stickers,” Czarniak said.

“The older ones can do more with (the frames) if they want.”

She said she couldn’t do it without the help of Dunkirk Free Library Assistant Nancy Ortiz.

“Nancy cut out all the hearts herself and was very busy,” she said. “She does a lot of hard work.”

It was Ortiz’s day off, but she stopped by to allow her 3-year-old daughter Aniyah to enjoy the day with the other children.

“I came in to help Pam because I knew she would be busy with Mother’s Day crafts,” she said. “I could kill two birds with one stone, help out and let my daughter do a Mother’s Day craft.”

It was a full house as many area children attended the event. Ortiz is already looking ahead to Father’s Day.

“We should get brown paper bags and have them put ties on them,” she said. “It will look like a shirt.”

Storytime and craft time are Czarniak’s favorite activities because she loves being around the children.

The library’s summer program, which begins June 30, has a science theme, “Fizz, Boom, Read,” and will be a very exciting time for the whole family.

“I started here over a year ago and I fell in love,” Ortiz said. “It brought back so many memories of my childhood.”