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Cool Collinsville celebration culminates in Snow’s day

In Collinsville on July 12, 2013 at 3:52 pm
Mary Beth Snow poses with some of the children who attending her "Reading Party."

Mary Beth Snow poses with some of the children who attending her “Reading Party.”

By Nathan Simone / COMMUNITY REPORTER

Living Democracy fellow Mary Beth Snow celebrated the end of her 10 working weeks in Collinsville with a “cool” celebration that included the Collinsville Public Library as a place to eat homemade ice cream, create art and share a love of reading with more than 29 kids.

Snow invited children from all over Collinsville to come to the public library to eat pizza before having fun with a local artist.

Guntersville artist Kelly Jackson provided projects for the children to complete, which included bookmarks to put in the new books they would soon be receiving.

Community partner Myles Smith (standing) and Nathan Simone (left) make homemade ice cream. (Photo by Nan Fairley)

Community partner Myles Smith (standing) and Nathan Simone (left) make homemade ice cream. (Photo by Nan Fairley)

Jackson’s daughter Cadley and Guntersville High senior Mason Holcomb assisted her in passing out bookmarks to color and helping direct them when it was their turn to assist in one of two larger paintings that will hang in the front of the library.

After eating and painting, homemade ice cream was made and excited children had their pick of vanilla, chocolate or Grapico.

At the end of the event, each child received their own bag filled with four books, donated by Jean Dean Reading is Fundamental in Opelika, and ample school supplies to assist them in the upcoming academic year.

Head librarian Jennifer Wilkins said that Snow’s time in Collinsville working with the library has been a tremendous boost to the city and the larger community.

“We’ve just had the best time with her,” said Wilkins. “We hope she comes back next summer.”

Community partner Myles Smith, 79, assisted Snow in more than a few projects and introduced her to many people around town. From eating at 6 a.m. with the “Knights of the Round Table” at Jack’s to appealing to City Council, Smith said that Mary Beth is one of the most personable and straightforward people Collinsville could’ve asked for.

“I don’t know if we could have gotten anyone to better blend with the community,” said Smith.

Snow said not only did she have a tremendous amount of fun hosting the event, but received a deep sense of personal fulfillment as well.

“I loved having a last chance to visit with all the kids,” said Snow. “I had the opportunity to read and hug and love children, and to me that’s the most important thing I can do in life,” Snow said.

Head librarian Jennifer Wilkins (left) and Mason Holcomb (right) hang up the larger paintings the children made. (Photo by Nan Fairley)

Head librarian Jennifer Wilkins (left) and Mason Holcomb (right) hang up the larger paintings the children made. (Photo by Nan Fairley)

For however little things like ice cream and books may seem to adults, Snow said that seeing children excited by the simple things in life also made the event a success.

“To see those kids asking me if they could read a book to me or being amazing by seeing homemade ice cream made the event a success in my mind,” Snow said. “Because even though those things may seem small to us, nothing is small to children.”

With the look of smiles on everyone’s face as the children started to leave the library, this just may be a “Snow day” that Collinsville will never forget.

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