School was not in session this week at Perry Elementary School but kids were still learning.
“For all those having a staycation if they’re thinking ‘what to do with the kids,’” they can come to the Perry Public Library,” Director Mary Murphy said.
The library is offering multiple spring break programs throughout the week.
“So kids have something to do. We want children to come to the library,” Children’s Librarian Suzanne Kestel said.
This year’s theme is “Chuggin’ to the Library.” Those participating in Monday’s program learned about various types of trains.
“Who can tell me what an Amtrak is? What does it carry?” Kestel asked.
“It carries people,” one of the kids said.
“Yes, the Amtrak is a passenger train,” Kestel said.
She then talked to the kids about the various parts of a train, including the caboose, flatcar, boxcar and more.
Kestel held up a picture of a hopper car. The hopper, she said, is used to transport cargo like coal, wheat or sand.
The kids next listened to a book on trains before breaking to eat a train-themed snack. One group made trains out of Legos while another created trains out of craft materials.
Two more programs are planned for this week. The L’il Caboose program will be held for ages 2-5 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 14. The last program of the week for kindergarten to fifth-graders will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 16.
All of the library spring break programs are free. For more information, contact the library at 515-465-3569.