Students prep for Olympics

The 2014 Winter Olympics begins today in Sochi, Russia, but for some local children, the celebration began yesterday evening at the Auglaize County Public Library.

The library held its first ever “Kids Olympics Party” to get children interested and excited for the Olympic Games.

“It’s going to be something they’re gonna see on the TV for the next two weeks, so it’ll be be like their own little version of the Olympics — something that they can participate in and not just watch,” Assistant Youth Services Coordinator for the Auglaize County Public Library Kristine Spyker.

Spyker said she came up with the idea a couple months ago when she was looking to schedule one of the library’s weekly Thursday night events.

“When I was looking at this week, I was trying to find something that is timely, and I saw that the Olympics would just be starting, so I thought it would be perfect,” Spyker said.

During the hour-long event, children participated in sock racing, where they slid around the library’s concrete basement floor, went through an obstacle course with ‘snowballs’ (styrofoam balls on the end of a spoon) and participated in a snowball fight with rolled up socks. They also made their own medals that mimicked the ones that are given out at the actual Olympic Games. Unlike the Olympics, however, medals were not given on based on who won and lost.

“We didn’t decide the winners, we just wanted the kids to do a fun activity,” Spyker said.

A total of seven children were in attendance at the event, and their ages ranged from 6 to 10 years old.