When Library Assistant Megan Mosher asked, “What do we know about pirates,” she was answered with a few children shouting “Arrrrrrggghhhh.”
Sailing ships, fights and bad manners were among some of the other answers that the children offered during the Cool Creation: Pirate Ships program in the Children’s Program room of the Concord branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library on Sept. 8.
Mosher dutifully wrote them on the board, saying this was her first time leading a program at the branch and that she was excited to be working with the children.
Each child sat on a cushion in an area that had been marked off with blue tape on the floor resembling a boat – with the bow, stern, port and starboard labeled. Mosher read “Roger The Jolly Pirate” by Brett Helquist and “How I Became a Pirate” by Melinda Long before starting the more active part of the program.
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The labels on the boat came in handy as the children played Pirate Says, an action game similar to Simon Says. “Pirate says, hop on one foot to the bow,” said Mosher. The children all hopped in the right direction, and only a few were eliminated as the game went on, moving the children from one part of the boat to another, with all winning temporary tattoos for their efforts
Using egg crates for hulls, meat skewers for masts and paper for sails, the children scrambled for markers and work areas as the pirate ship building began. Midland resident Jakob Cox, 12, was sticking his masts for the sails into the egg crate hull of his ship at an angle. “I want it to look like the wind is blowing them,” he said.
Jakob said that the boat-building was his favorite part because he likes putting things together. The sails were decorated with drawings of Minecraft faces, using names that only players of the game would understand. Jakob said, “That is Gold Block and that is Grass Block,” pointing to each.
Concord resident Peyton Moose, 8, said she enjoyed the book reading, but she liked coloring her sails the most. After drawing a treasure box gold and the standard skull and crossbones, she decided to personalize her ship.
In bold P, K and M letters, for Peyton Kennedy Moose, surrounded by little hearts, she drew her monogram on the final sail. After assembling her ship she named it, “The Peyton Boat,” she said.
Marty Price is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Concord branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library is at 27 Union St. The hours are: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday- Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; closed on Sunday. For more information, go to: www.cabarruscounty.us/government/departments/library/concord-library/Pages/default.aspx
For a complete listing of events at the Cabarrus County Library and its four branches, go to: www.cabarruscounty.us/Events