Annual event held at Dunkirk Free Library

It was a busy day Wednesday for staffers and volunteers at the Dunkirk Free Library – the Annual Summer Carnival was visited by a large number of children and parents, with more than a few grandparents also on hand.

The event, which was free for children ages 2 to 10, was held in the library’s parking lot and downstairs in the library itself. Sponsored by the Friends of the Dunkirk Free Library, the event has been held for some 20 years, according to Library Director Jan Dekoff. Pamela Czarniak is the coordinator of children’s services at the library and plays a key role, along with many volunteers, according to Dekoff.

“I think this is Pam’s fourth or fifth carnival doing on her own and she does a great job, Dekoff stated. “We depend on the volunteers to come. They’re the ones who help us run the games, they’re the ones who are giving out popcorn and drinks. We couldn’t do it without them and they are wonderful.

“Some of them are board members, Friends of the Library, library patrons, kids who are doing credit, special things for school. Moms, who are great helpers to us. A lot of the clubs have helped us, the doctors in town. Just really good, kind people.”

In addition to the Friends of the Dunkirk Free Library, included in the list of sponsors were: Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club; Beaver Club; CCB – America’s Promise; Dom Polski; Knights of Columbus; Kosciuszko Club Polish Home; Western Credit Union; Lake Shore Bank; McDonald’s and Wendy’s.

Hula hoop the dinosaur and bean bag toss were among several games offered outside, along with refreshments. Inside, face painting by Nicole Guerra of Fairytale Fun had a long line, while futures were being told by volunteer fortune teller Maggie Snyder. Volunteer Tiffany Yerico said she helps out at other library events, “but this is a for-sure.”

Dekoff was asked about planning for the event.

“We usually start planning for this sometimes as early as January, it can be up to six months,” she replied. “This is always a really great way to start off the summer program. It gets the kids excited to come to the library and do all sorts of fun things. We’re going to be doing book clubs and story times, science experiments with a real science teacher. So I think they’re going to have a great summer and this is just the start.

“We’ll get rolling on Monday and we’ve got five weeks full of programs and we’re excited to have the kids come in and read and learn with us.”

Those programs include the Summer Story Time and Craft which begins Monday and runs through Aug. 6. Mondays are for 2-and 3-year olds; Tuesdays 4- and 5-year olds attend while 6- and 7-year-olds attend Wednesday. Two sessions are held each morning: 10:30 to 11 a.m. and 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

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