Sparks pizza party draws a crowd

Sparks greets children at one of four learning stations at the April 28, Sparks Pizza Party held at the Bishop Building.

Sparks greets children at one of four learning stations at the April 28, Sparks Pizza Party held at the Bishop Building.

TOMS RIVER  – Pizza, prizes and plenty of fun were all part of a recent party hosted by the Ocean County Library’s own magenta mascot dragon, Sparks.

Through a partnership of OCL’s public relations, Toms River collections and youth services departments a family oriented event was held on April 28, at the Bishop Building located next to the Toms River Branch.

Public Relations staff member Gina Conti, who serves as head of the Sparks program, developed the event which included a quick demonstration of the OCL website and a computer lab for parents and several educational stations for children.

The party drew more than 40 customers and concluded with parents and children enjoying a slice of pizza.

Parents learned more about OCL’s virtual resources including databases, catalogs, downloadable books, eBooks, and universal classes.

Children laughed, played and enjoyed a picnic during the party which featured four learning stations. The children rotated to a new learning station every 10 minutes.

The stations involved motor skills, coordination, listening and depth perception.

Sparks came out to give his adoring fans hugs, kisses, stickers and autographs. He enjoyed the learning stations just as much as much as the children in attendance. New members of the Sparks fan club were signed up during the two hour event.

Sparks joins an OCL friend for some fun during his Pizza Party on April 28.

Sparks joins an OCL friend for some fun during his Pizza Party on April 28.

Coloring in a Sparks mask was part of the night’s fun.

Coloring in a Sparks mask was part of the night’s fun.

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