Smiles for storytime

Amber Gillenwater

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GALLIPOLIS — The staff at Bossard Memorial Library celebrated “National Take Your Child to the Library Day” on Saturday with a special storytime event presented by the youth services department.

The youngest of Bossard Library’s patrons and their families were invited to attend the event for “the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth” as they learned about dental health through stories, crafts and games from hygienist Donna Muller.

Muller, who works alongside Dr. Eric Jones at his dental office in Gallipolis, spoke to those in attendance about proper brushing and flossing techniques, as well as what foods to avoid and what foods are best for smiles.

Youth Services Coordinator Rachael Barker said her department decided to offer a dental health program this year in honor of not only “Take Your Child to the Library Day,” but also Dental Health Month, which is celebrated each February.

“I wanted to use this opportunity to instruct and encourage patrons on the importance of taking care of their teeth. The theme is appropriate for all ages and I wanted to come up with a way to make taking care of your teeth fun,” Barker said while also thanking Muller for her part in the program.

“I was very impressed with Donna Muller. She had such a great rapport with the kids,” she said.

Barker also noted that in addition to a visit from the dental hygienist, kids were also treated with a visit from the tooth fairy, were able to eat a healthy snack and everyone left with a treat bag filled with dental goodies.

According to Barker, a second dental storytime will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 20 at the library for children who are home schooled.

“I hope everyone will go home and practice what they learned at the program,” she said. “Brush twice a day and floss once a day, and don’t forget to visit your dentist every six months.”

Along with providing special — and larger — storytime events throughout the year, Bossard’s youth services department also offers weekly programming, including pat-a-cake lapsit that begins each Wednesday at 10 a.m. Lapsit is for children up to 3 years old and their parents. Every Monday at 10 a.m., storytime is offered for older children and their parents. It is a complete hour of crafts, games and stories.

For more information on Bossard Memorial Library and its programs, visit or call (740) 446-7323.


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