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Library plans special event to mark St. Patrick's day
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MONROE - The Monroe Public Library invites children 3 to 8 and their families to stop by between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday, March 12 to create leprechaun crafts and listen to stories during the library's 4th annual Saint Patrick's Day Fun celebration. The program is free and no registration is required.

Young crafters will have the opportunity to try potato printing on a St. Patrick's Day banner, craft a lucky shamrock wreath, make a leprechaun ladder, and create a leprechaun mask. Kris Ault, youth services coordinator, will present St. Patrick's Day stories at 11:45 a.m. and at 1 p.m. "The Irish have a rich storytelling tradition," said Ault. "What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than by practicing a bit o' the Blarney. Rather than reading stories to the audience as I usually do, the audience will join in the fun by learning two stories that they can tell to family and friends."

The Monroe Public Library will also participate in Monroe's St. Patrick's Day parade March 17. Little leprechauns are encouraged to wear their leprechaun masks and join the fun. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Youngsters and their grownups may join the library parade unit near the south entrance to Monroe Middle School before the parade steps off at 5:17 p.m. on St. Patrick's Day.

Middle and high school students who wish to participate in the parade with the library unit may carry flags or pass out stickers to the parade watchers. These students are asked to meet in the library's teen area at 4:45 p.m. Students must have a signed VolunTEEN application on file with Laurie Solawetz, Teen Services Librarian, before March 17. VolunTEEN applications are available at the Youth Services desk of the Monroe Public Library.

The Monroe Public Library is located at 925 16th Ave.Parking is available in the lot behind the library or in the municipal parking ramp across the street. Youth programs at the Monroe Public Library are open to children of all abilities. The library building is handicapped accessible. If accommodations are needed, contact the Youth Services Department at (608) 328-7010.