As part of the new East Norwalk Library's Extension Services, Jerry Craft, local syndicated cartoonist and author, was featured at two Maplewood of Strawberry Hill's programs for its residents last month. Craft is the creator of Mama's Boyz, a comic strip that has been syndicated by King Features since 1995. He is also the artist / writer of "Mama's Boyz: Home Schoolin," -- among many others -- which features individual comics strips, stories, and even a section on how he draws one of his characters and creates his strip, which was the subject of the program at Maplewood.
Craft explained, in words and sketches, just how his cartoons are created using simple shapes to draw, faces, expressions, clothing and more. He reminisced about the creation of old-time cartoon characters such as the Katzenjammer Kids, Charlie Brown, and others to the delight of his audience.
Future East Norwalk Library Extension Services programming will include gaming, book club discussions, travel agency travelogues, and the Library's D2R2 -- reading to dogs -- visits.
Earn your `book bucks'
For the past few years several hundred children have joined the East Norwalk Library's ongoing Norwalk Reads Free Book Club. Each member receives a "punch card" which entitles them to receive two new and two slightly used age-appropriate books of their choice to read and keep.
To augment and widen free books availability, the Library is issuing free "Book Bucks" to children so they can purchase additional books of their choice from the special Book Bucks collection. Book Bucks are earned for participation in programs, proper library manners, other books borrowed, and other opportunities at the discretion of the staff.
D2R2 to continue in March
The East Norwalk Library's "D2R2 -- Dogs to Read to" program will continue its fourth year and enable more children to meet at the library, pick a book of their choice and read to a variety of specially-trained dogs to improve their reading skills. The program will start up again this year on Saturdays at 10:30 beginning March 2.
In addition, depending upon individual requests, one-on-one sessions can be arranged in advance for weekday afternoons.
The program is free but pre-registration is necessary due to the need to limit the group's size in order to give each child a chance to read to a dog. Each child will receive an "D2R2 Certificate of Accomplishment" and the book they have chosen to read. In addition they will earn East Norwalk Library/Norwalk Reads "Book Bucks" which they can redeem for other book they may wish to own.
To register for any Saturday session call 838-0498 ext 100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library to host Scout meetings
The Cub Scout Pack meets on Wednesday evenings with the Girl Scouts meeting on Saturday mornings. These active, nationally-affiliated groups provide opportunities for activities, programs and enrichment events for both the children and their families.
For information regarding either of these two youth groups, email: email@example.com.
Become a library leader
The East Norwalk Library, managed by the East Norwalk Improvement Association, receives its operating expenses through a grant by the Third Taxing District as approved by the residents of East Norwalk.
To provide additional services to cardholders and the community the library relies on the generosity of public and business contributors.
One such opportunity to help is by becoming a "Library Leader" -- contributions in multiples of $250 will provide the library with the additional resources to continue to fund existing programs such as "D2R2 -- Dogs to Read to" and its "Encouragement Program," which engage the public -- from newborns through seniors -- in activities that educate, entertain and offer societal interaction.
For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 203-838-0408 ext. 100.
If there's some East Norwalk "happening" or other East Norwalk news or features you would like to share with the readers of the Norwalk Citizen, email: email@example.com, or call 203-249-6293.