GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Lady Esmeralda Sprinkledust strode into a room in the Greenburgh Public Library wearing a multi-colored polka dot dress, rainbow-striped socks, a pink chiffon cape with matching tassels on her shoelaces, and a bejeweled tiara atop her short, curly hair.
A crowd of young readers collected around Lady Esmeralda Sprinkledust as she acted out the story of Rumpelstiltskin, who spun straw into gold. After recounting the vivid tale, she performed a magic trick and indeed, turned straw into gold.
Children's librarian Mary Slamin , who played Lady Esmeralda, assembled a series of programs entitled "A Midsummer Knight's Dream," intended to inspire children to continue learning during their vacation from school.
"It's to encourage the kids to keep reading over the summer," said Slamin. "Kids can lose nearly two months of their reading knowledge if they don't practice, so we are trying to make it fun."
Throughout the summer, other programs in Slamin's medieval series will include a showing of the film "How To Train Your Dragon," the Greenburgh Nature Center educating children about falconry, the National Circus Project teaching juggling skills, and a librarian-turned-alchemist talking and making potions.
For more information or to register for the programs, call 914-721-8200.
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