Throughout the last week children involved with the Tucumcari Public Library Readiscover New Mexico summer-reading program have been rediscovering a traditional Mexican and New Mexican activity – building and enjoying Pinatas.
“It’s gone over really well said Dainetta Kroeker of the Tucumcari Library staff. Children, many with a parent or two would come into the library check in any books that had out and check out some more. The children are rewarded with prizes and gift certificates on the number of books read and then they might go and begin building a pinata at a craft table set up just for the occasion. Kroeker said as of the end of the day Friday, she estimates that 155 pinatas had been produced in the library at the table. At the table were paper, paper bags, balloons, scissors, glue, crayons among other craft making materials, and parents and children are happy they are there.
“I think it is a wonderful program,” said parent Joyce Runyan. “You see, it keeps our kids reading even in the summer. And it even gives rewards for it.
Daughter Jorden Runyan agrees with her mother but keeps it on a more basic level. “I think it’s really fun,” said the younger Runyan. “We can do this stuff (make pinatas and similar activities) and it really got me into reading. I wasn’t that much of a reader before and now I am. I think it’s a really good program.” Even specializing professionals appreciate the summer program at the library. I love it,” said Rose Garcia. “I do child care and when we get board, we can just come on over here.” The reading program continues Thursday with story-teller and puppeteer Brenda Hollingsworth who will be at the Elks’ Lodge at 2 p.m.