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Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Alex Asher slips along a slide at the Troy Library’s “Pirate Adventure”.

Alex Asher slips along a slide at the Troy Library’s “Pirate Adventure”.

Children embark on a pirate adventure at Troy Library

Written by Trent Thompkins, intern with The Messenger

A “Pirate Adventure” water park sprang up in an unlikely place Tuesday afternoon – the Troy Public Library.

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Pike County children, ages 6 to 11, participating in the library’s summer reading program were invited to join in the fun, including the “There She Blows!” inflatable ship slide and other wet and wild attractions.

Seven-year-old Zavien Price, along with the other pirates present, were able to playfully “walk the plank” and explore a bounce house.

“We dug for treasure and I found an airplane,” he said, describing the mock excavation that took place in search of buried “treasure.”

The wee sailors had to take shelter inside when storm clouds and rain invaded their pirate space. But Library Youth Director Teresa Colvin wasn’t about to be conquered by Mother Nature.

“Were still going to break that piñata!” Colvin said as she livened the children up.

The readers lined up across the wall to have a swat at the candy-filled piñata, complete with a winner’s trip to the treasure chest. The children also took turns seeing who was the best hula hooper.

“We like to show the kids how they can have a true fun filled day, inside or out, all the while giving the adults some leisure time,” Colvin said.

The event lasted for two hours and was free to the children.


7.9.13-Library Fun Day – Images by Thomas Graning