Village hosts Easter egg hunt

Published 9:39 am Friday, April 22, 2011

The Village at Woods Edge on Wednesday hosted an Easter egg hunt for children from the Gingerbread House, who visited the Easter bunny and hunted for more than 400 eggs.

After the egg hunt, residents visited the home of Mayor Jim Councill and his, wife, Bambi, to see their azalea garden.

• Blackwater Regional Library, which oversees branches in Franklin, Courtland and Windsor, will celebrate Children’s Book Week May 2-8.

The thought behind the celebration began with the idea that children’s books can change lives. In 1913, Franklin K. Matthiews, the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, began touring the country to promote higher standards in children’s books. He proposed a Children’s Book Week, which would be supported by all interested groups, including publishers, booksellers and librarians.

Each year Blackwater Regional Library hosts Children’s Book Week to continue the tradition Matthiews began.

“We strongly believe in the importance of reading to children and we encourage you to visit your local library to learn more about wonderful children’s books, story hour for toddlers and preschoolers, and programs for school-age children,” said Bonnie Lauver with the Windsor branch.

• In related matters, National Library Week took on special meaning for Isle of Wight Academy students in kindergarten through seventh grade. They were visited by author Kim Norman, who enthusiastically entertained students with her books and stories.

Students saw firsthand how a book goes from idea to bookshelf. Laughter and lesson proved to be a winning combination for these readers and, hopefully, budding young writers.

• Girl Scout troops 1081 and 681 from Isle of Wight on April 10 hosted an Earth Day celebration, where they focused on the importance of recycling. They also coordinated the planting of 20 crepe myrtle trees in Carrollton’s Nike Park.

More than 2½ pounds of plastic bags were collected to be recycled through Isle Be Green; nearly 400 Capri Sun juice pouches were collected to be “upcycled” by Terracyle; 12 pairs of jeans will be donated to a local shelter; 67 pounds of pop tops were collected to support the Ronald McDonald House; and used books were collected and donated to several local organizations through the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast book drive.

TFC Recycling representative Kathy Russell spoke about recycling. The girls also designed Earth Day paper bags to be used at Farm Fresh in Smithfield in support of Earth Day Groceries Bag Project.