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No yawning at Anti-Boredom Week activities at Sylvania library

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    Maanit Somani, 2, left, and Luke Jennewine, 4, both of Sylvania, create fish magnets at a work station provided as part of the Sylvania Library's Anti-Boredom Week events.

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Maanit Somani, 2, left, and Luke Jennewine, 4, both of Sylvania, create fish magnets at a work station provided as part of the Sylvania Library's Anti-Boredom Week events.

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Captain Underpants, the superhero character of author Dav Pilkey, says nothing beats boredom like a good book.

To help children fight the dog days of summer, the Sylvania Branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is hosting Anti-Boredom Week. It includes books, crafts, and games to help get through the hot days of summer. The drop-in program is in conjunction with national Anti-Boredom Month of July.

Katie Midgley, children’s librarian at the Sylvania branch, has several projects set up in stations in the main reading room at the library, 6749 Monroe St. The events run from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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With children out of school, this program should help relieve some of children's boredom during the mid-summer month, Ms. Midgley said.

Sisters Elle and Amelia Kanjuparanban, ages 13 and 7, respectively, worked together to create fish magnates at one of the anti-boredom craft tables.

Fishy eyes, CDs, felt, and other fish features were provided for children to work on the magnate.

“Usually children sit together and start a conversation during their time at the tables,” Ms. Midgley said.

Another popular table is stacked with board games and cards, from Connect Four, Let’s Go Fishin’, and Trouble.

“Children just love the fishing game,” Ms. Midgley said.

She also has a display of books which are sure to beat away the boredom blues, including Five Little Monkeys with Nothing to Do by Eileen Christelow.

For more information on Anti-Boredom Week, visit www.toledolibrary.org.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356 or ntrusso@theblade.com

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