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Library readies for Winter Carnival

January 17, 2019

The Columbus Public Library is gearing up to host plenty of area children and their families this weekend to enjoy some “Fun Under The Big Top.”

That’s the theme of the annual Winter Carnival, set to run from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday in the upstairs of the library, 2504 14th St.

Youth Librarian Brad Hruska has been working diligently to provide three rings-worth of fun for everyone. There will be entertainment, interactive activities and even amusing games where participants can win prizes.

Balloon Creations headline the entertainment and there will be face-painting, as well. Contests include fishing for prizes, bowling for chocolate and a ring toss for soda.

Library Customer Service Manager Kelli Keyes will be running the fishing game.

“You’ll be able to throw a fishing line over a curtain and reel in prizes,” she said.

Assisting Keyes will be her 13-year-old son, Andy.

Several volunteers will be helping with the games. Keyes said “Mr. H” and the Friends of the Library have coordinated the personnel issues.

“This is a pretty big deal for families,” Keyes said. “This is our third year doing the Winter Carnival. Last year, we had about 300 people show up.”

Pizza Ranch has donated dessert pizzas, but there will be other snacks available.

There is no entry fee and tickets are not required, either, Keyes said. So, come one, come all to the Winter Carnival.

Jon Burleson is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram jon.burleson@lee.net.