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Kids Make Gingerbread Houses at Rye Reading Room

RYE, N.Y. – "Why wouldn't I put sparkles on it?" six-year-old Rye resident Morgan Remsin said as she stood over her gingerbread house in the Rye Free Reading Room's Community Meeting room.

Although Morgan, who was just one of the 32 children to participate in the Reading Room's "Make-A-Gingerbread House" winter break program, is set on sparkles, she is still largely unsure of how her gingerbread house will turn out when she returns on Thursday for part two of the program.

"We come to the library at least once a week," said Hillary Remsin, Morgan's mom. "The librarian downstairs kept emphasizing how wonderful this program was, so we had to sign up."

The program is one of many the Rye Free Reading Room is offering during winter break.

"We try to always plan something for school breaks," said the Reading Room's Meg Stackpole. "We are showing the ‘Smurfs’ movie on Friday and we already showed ‘Winnie the Pooh’ yesterday."

Although Stackpole confirmed that the movies are a big hit, creative exercises like the gingerbread house are just as popular.

"I like this program because I like to see what they come up with," said Bertha Smith, the program's creator, about the children. "It's really a favorite of the kids."

Smith, a resident of Rockland and employee of the Rockland School District, said the program began small and has grown through word of mouth. This year marks the first year Smith has been involved with the Reading Room, as she began by offering programs there over the summer.

For more information on the many programs offered by the Rye Free Reading Room visit the website by following this link.

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