The McPherson Public Library is helping parents prepare their children for the future in a fun and engaging way.

Registration is now open for a craft clinic for parents, which will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 25 at the McPherson Public Library located at 214 W Marlin St.

"Its an opportunity for parents to come in and create some kind of home made interactive piece for their child. It will be something designed to either help them work on early literacy skills or fine motor skills and will change each time we have a session. It's targeted for younger kids, but is a way for parents to come more involved with those skills to prepare children for school and for reading success," said Jennifer McCulley, youth services coordinator of the McPherson Public Library.

McCulley and staff wanted a way for parents to be involved in their children's education as much as possible and for parents to have fun as well and noted that caregivers or grandparents are invited to attend the event as well.

"We just thought it would be a lot of fun too," McCulley laughed.

Parents will create the craft of the month and have the choice to make a memory game or a penguin with felt objects to mix and match.

"For the memory game, one side will have the images for the child to flip over and try to practice those memory skills the other craft will be a penguin mix and match. They'll be able to make a penguin out of felt and then they'll be able to make winter accessories for it; scarves, gloves, hats of different colors so their child will be able to mix and match to practice color matching," McCulley said.

McCulley is hopeful for the event and already has another one planned for February.

"We're going to see where the interest is and see how long we want to continue it. Right now we're going to test it out and see how January goes and we certainly hope we have enough interest in it that we can continue to make it a regular thing," she said.

To register, stop by the library, register online on the McPherson Public Library's calendar of events page or call 620-245-2570.

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