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  • Yee-haw and yippee-ki-yay! The library celebrated Cowboy Day!

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  • Yee-haw and yippee-ki-yay! The library celebrated Cowboy Day!
    Children, adults and teens put on their finest cowboy hats, best boots, shiniest belt buckles and handiest bandannas on Wednesday for the inaugural Cowboy Day at the Pittsburg Public Library.
    “Last fall, we did International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and we had a really good response. We wondered what else we could do,” said Bev Clarkson, library assistant director. “Somebody said cowboy day, and we thought, ‘Why not?’”
    There were numerous activities throughout the day all themed around the cowboy motif.
    Younger kids enjoyed the reading of two books: “Horseplay” by Karma Wilson and “Sing, Sophie!” by Dayle Ann Dodds. Janet Dutton, youth services, read — and sang — to attentive kids before the children turned their attention to a craft project involving making horses out of paper plates and other items.
    Parents said they enjoyed the opportunity.
    “I like it,” said Keith Aikin, one of the parents at the event, attending with his kids while he is at home as a teacher on Spring Break. “I don’t get to interact on the craft level, I don’t do that at home very much. We work on some projects, but not at the craft level. I also don’t get to see [my son] interact with the other kids very much.”
    One day care provider brought her whole group to the story time.There was one
    Even beyond the children’s activities, the library showed the Gary Cooper film “High Noon” — at 2 p.m., not noon. Later on, teens worked to record their own version of a spaghetti western.
    The library also hosted a trivia game on Facebook related to cowboys, while giving away cowboy hats throughout the day.
    “We had a really good turnout for story time, and it was a little bit larger than normal. That could be because of spring break, though,” Clarkson said. “I think people just like unusual events. This was our first ever, but we’ll have one every year, I think.”
    There was one particular success story from Cowboy Day, too.
    “Everyone came in their own cowboy clothing. One boy does that every week. He just got really lucky this week,” Clarkson added.

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