Better than honey

Mary Wicoff|Commercial-NewsAmelia Lane, 2, tries to put a crayon in Tigger's hand Wednesday while coloring at the Westville Public Library. Watching are her mother, Hannah Lane, and sister, Hadley, 17 months.

WESTVILLE — For about an hour, the Westville Public Library magically became the Hundred Acre Wood as children learned all about Winnie the Pooh and his friends.

The preschoolers colored pictures, heard Pooh stories, made a craft and enjoyed a “little smackerel of something,” as the silly old bear would say: apple juice and graham cracker bears.

On the first Wednesday of each month, the library has a program at 10 a.m. featuring a story, craft and activity for ages 2-5 years.

“There’s a different theme every month,” library employee Angel McNear said. “They seem to love it.”

The program usually attracts about 20 children, as well as their adult relatives, she said.

The library also shows a movie at 2 p.m. on the first Wednesday, which is geared toward adults. Some patrons bring refreshments, McNear said, adding, “We’re blessed with people who bake for us.”

Wednesday’s Pooh program featured books by A.A. Milne — read by library employee Sierra Guge —that chronicle the adventures of Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Tigger, Piglet, Roo and, of course, Pooh Bear. Although the books were published in the 1920s, the stories still resonate with children and the inspirational sayings appeal to adults.

The children at the Wednesday program had fun coloring and making crafts, while the adults had words of praise for the library.

“The library is wonderful,” said Grace Newman, who brought her niece, Quinn Furnish, 3. “Quinn is a huge fan. She talks about it all the time.”

Ashley Baldwin brought three children, who are regulars. The preschool programs are always full with youngsters, she said.

Little Amelia Lane, 2, was wearing a dress with a Winnie the Pooh design, and brought her stuffed Tigger along.

“We’re big Winnie the Pooh fans,” her mother, Hannah Lane, said.

Taffie Smith, along with 3-year-old Vivian, said, “We love this library. We spend a lot of time here.”

The family lives nearby, and walks to the library for special events, such as Christmas and trick-or-treat parties. In fact, they use the library so much that they know the staff and don’t even have to show their membership cards, Smith said.

“It’s awesome,” she added.

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Call the Westville Public Library at 267-3170 to learn more about its programs.