Mothers and daughters enjoy tea and books at Schuylkill Valley Library

Item photo by Shea Singley 
Mother's Day Tea
Item photo by Shea Singley Mother's Day Tea
Item photo by Shea Singley 
Mother's Day Tea
Item photo by Shea Singley Mother's Day Tea

Mothers, daughters and American Girl dolls celebrated Mother’s Day with a Mother/Daughter Tea at Schuylkill Valley Community Library on May 10. Guests sat at one of four tables decorated with a pink table cloth for a breakfast and desserts.

“This is the second year we’ve done this,” said Kelly Jacoby, of Schuylkill Valley Community Library. “They loved the American Girl theme so we stuck with it.”

Once tea and breakfast were over, the daughters each got to pick a white box that would be transformed into a jewelry box. Once the selection process was over, with the help of their mothers, they began to cover the box lid with colorful tissue paper. After the top was covered, it was time to add sparkles and jewels. Jacoby took a picture of the mothers and daughters that was then printed to go on the inside of the lid so it would be on display when the jewelry box was opened.

It truly was a mother and daughter event as Jacoby’s mother played a big part in helping organize and set up the event which relied on donated materials and this year that included a donated American Girl doll that one lucky daughter won and was able to take home with her.


“It’s just something fun around Mother’s Day,” said Jacoby.

“They do an awesome job every year,” said one attendee.

While the event does not focus solely on reading, it is tied in. Though many girls do not necessarily have an American Girl doll growing up, many do read the books. A display is set up featuring a number of the popular books tying reading into the event which is an important part. During down time with cleanup after food and before the decorating, one pair was reading from a stack of books that were brought with.

Not only did the daughters get to go home with a one of a kind jewelry box, but they also went home with a great Mother’s Day memory of quality time spent with their mothers and a favorite read.

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Shea Singley

Shea Singley is the editor of The Hamburg Area Item. She grew up in Berks County and spent three years at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she double majored in Creative Writing and English before transferring to Kutztown University where she majored in Professional Writing. Shea graduated from Kutztown University in 2012 and during that time completed an internship in the publication department of a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. She joined Berks-Mont Newspapers in March of 2013 and had enjoyed getting the chance to explore the Hamburg area and meet the readers. Reach the author at or follow Shea on Twitter: @hamburgitem.