Children hear stories, make crafts at Reed City Area District Library Story Hour

REED CITY — Children sat wide-eyed, anxious for Julie Grove to read the next sentence from "Snowmen at Night."

Around 10 kids arrived for a snow-themed Story Hour on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Reed City Area District Library. However, without any of the white stuff outside, Grove had the fluffy stuff in spirit, with books and a snowman craft.

Story Hour takes place from 1 to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, said Grove, a library clerk.

"We usually go with a theme for each Story Hour," Grove said. "Our last one was Valentine's Day and our next one will be about St. Patrick's Day."

On Wednesday, the 3- to 6-year-olds listened to three books before working on the afternoon's craft: decorating a snowman with shredded paper.

"We usually have snow this time of year, so I planned for that," Grove said. "It didn't work out that way today."

With help from parents and grandparents, the children were quick to glue on the shredded paper and pieces of construction paper to serves as buttons, eyes and a nose.

Completing their snowman, children rounded out activities by guiding a marble through a cardboard maze.

"We usually have a physical activity to get the kids moving around," she added.

Grove encourages parents and grandparents in the area to bring their children to Story Hour.

"We never know how many will show up, but it's usually fast-paced and the kids have fun," she said. "I hope to let them experience something they might not have before. Hopefully, they'll get interested in reading, too."

For more information about the Story Hour or other activities scheduled at the Reed City Area District Library, visit or its Facebook page.