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Way Public Library again presented a flurry of fun activities on a snowy evening during its annual Snowball on Friday, a much-awaited event that draws 500 or so guests each year.
Way's Snowball helps cure cabin fever at this time of the year, and the library, considered by many as the community's gathering place, is just the right location.
"It's just a party we have because this time of year people are tired of staying in their homes," said Pat Maust, youth services coordinator, who said people look forward each year to the Snowball. "The community has a good time."
Children in particular had a good time. Youngsters, including those who have been kept indoors during recent bitter cold weather, let off pent-up energy during the many action-packed Snowball activities.
From mock ice skating to throwing mock snowballs; from basketball to bingo, and mini golf, there was a little bit of everything for everyone. Some children even took advantage of the location and enjoyed a good read.
No library space is flooded and frozen, but creativity creates one of the most popular spots: a skating rink. With lights dimmed and music-to-skate-by playing, children glided across the carpet on waxy paper-plate blades. Those tired from skating sat on the bench near a pond (with water made of cellophane).
"Kids love this. We've done this for years," said Martha Johns, a children's librarian. Fake snow, trees, and little critters, plus other wintry landscaping set the ice-skating scene, she said, and kids think this is great fun. "They go around the ice rink on their waxed paper plates. That is a real hit. We skipped it one year and we heard about it."
During the snowball fights, participants threw soft "snowballs," sort of like cottony clouds or pompons used in craft projects. Snowball fights are set up by age group, and the final battle pits children against their parents, another popular event.
Miniature golf, played on something akin to a putt-putt course, is played in the stacks, between book aisles, Mrs. Johns said.
A disc jockey was also on site for a dance party, "to get kids out there to dance," she said.
Making paper airplanes, and flying them into hanging targets, was another popular draw.
For younger children, the library offered a special area designed just for them, and a variety of crafts were available on the main floor of the library.