Kutztown Community Library hosted its own version of the Olympics for children on Aug. 11.
“We set up a bunch of modified Olympic events,” said Youth Librarian Taylor Kutz. “We have the balance beam made out of blocks. We did the long jump. We did javelin with straws.”
Library Olympics for the Summer Reading Program included the balance beam while balancing a book on their heads, hammer throw with a paper bag, shot put with a balled up paper bag, and relay races. Children also painted their hand prints on a Library Olympics banner.
“At first we talked a little bit about the Olympics. The kids got to tell me what they’re interested in,” said Kutz. “I think they learned a little bit today. We explained what the rings meant and stuff like that.”
According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_symbols#The_Rings, “The rings are five interlocking rings, colored blue, yellow, black, green, and red on a white field, known as the “Olympic rings”. The rings represent 5 world continents, Africa, Asia, America, Europe and Australia.”
Kutz said the sports theme for the Summer Reading Program “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” coincides with the Olympics.
“We got to do events here that they can watch on TV and they got to learn something here that is on TV so much right now,” said Kutz.