Toddler Fest draws area pre-readers to magic of literacy and superpower of books

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Finlee Burns, 6, and her sister Ashlyn, 3, pose with the Ice Princess, left, and the Snow Queen at the Dallas County Library Association's Toddler Fest Saturday in Adel. Finlee and Ashlyn and the daughters of Kevin and Cindy Burns of Adel.

The Dallas County Library Association hosted its second annual Toddler Fest Saturday, drawing upwards of 500 people to the two-hour event.

The twelve public libraries in Dallas County partnered with 4RKids Early Childhood Iowa to present the event which included stories, games, crafts, face painting, photo ops with princesses and special exhibits from the Blank Park Zoo and the Science Center of Iowa.

“Last year was great, and this year’s been even better,” said Perry Public Library Director Mary Murphy. The county librarians wore capes for the fest and were superheroes–and superheroines–of literacy.

The free event was held at the Dallas County Fairgounds in Adel and drew hundreds of parents and toddlers.  The Toddler Fest aims to promote awareness of the literary resources that are available locally and provide activities for families of kids ages 2 to 5.

 

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