Kids Derby Day Saturday at BAPL



By SANDRA RHODES

The Kids Derby at the Bradford Area Public Library is just a hop, skip and jump away – or in this case, a gallop.

This year’s Kids Derby is set for 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the library.

The library, located at 67 W. Washington St., started the Kids Derby to add to the “Triple Crown” of events leading up to the Derby Gala, which is held the same day as the Kentucky Derby.

“We wanted to offer the same fun festivities to the children that the adults get to partake in at the Derby Gala,” said Stephanie Parsons, children’s program coordinator at the library. “The children get to come play, create and expand their minds in their Derby experience.”

And parents will not have to “pony up” for this event – it’s all free.

This includes the children making their own Derby hats, balloon animals, cookie decorating, play games, clown, only rides and, of course, a chance to get their own library card. As in the Derby Gala, there will be a hat parade and prizes awarded.

The event is open to all ages, Parsons said, adding, “It is truly a family program.” Parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras to capture those special moments.

The focus of the day is two-fold, Parsons said. First, officials hope that the children will broaden their general knowledge about the Kentucky Derby and its place in U.S. history and culture. Second, it also gives the kids and their parents a chance to learn what the library has to offer.

“It is very important that the kids be a part of the Triple Crown event because we as the library feel we need to offer as much culture and entertaining, educational experiences for the children and their families in the community,” Parsons said.

“The library is a fantastic resource for our community,” she said. “By getting a child to visit the library, you offer two things – expanding your child’s mind with knowledge and creativity with each book they read and the more familiar and comfortable a child becomes with their library, the more likely they will use their library throughout their entire life.”

The library also hosts events for children throughout the year, including Preschool Story Hour and a children’s program on Saturday mornings.

The Triple Crown of events that have become a staple in the Bradford community each spring were developed to raise awareness and money for the BAPL Endowment Fund, which was established in 1984.

The “mane” event - the Derby Gala - will be held Saturday, May 5, at the
Pennhills Club.

For more information on the Triple Crown of events, contact the Bradford Area Public Library.

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