January 22, 2014 | vol. 95, No. 18

Weekly group offers play time for kids

MERCER, Wis. - Area children are able to gather, play and socialize each Monday during the Mercer Area Play Group, held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Mercer Public Library and Community Center.

MERCER PUBLIC Library director Teresa Schmidt, left, reads to Mercer Area Play Group attendees during its meeting Monday in Mercer, Wis. Attendees include Lily Huffmaster and her grandmother Sharon Huffmaster, center, and Meredith Kiedrowski and her mother Martha Kiedrowksi.

The group is a casual get-together to allow children to play and their caregivers to socialize.

Each week, different activities are planned and stories and a snack are offered. Activities are geared for children up to 5 years old, but older kids and home school students are also welcome.

Twice a month, Andrea Newby, family living educator from Iron County University of Wisconsin-Extension, attends to teach preschool and kindergarten readiness activities.

The group originated when Mercer parent Martha Kiedrowski saw a need for parents, grandparents, baby sitters and other caregivers to bring young people together. It began meeting in February 2013.

The play group meets year-round and all are welcome.

For more information, call the library at 715-476-2366.