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February 22, 2013

New Plaistow librarian sparks children's interests

PLAISTOW — Whether it’s dressing up as Superman or making worms from scratch, children can always expect something unique and creative at Plaistow Public Library.

Both activities are run by new library youth services director Nancy Chase. Chase offers children monthly activities such as Silly Science or Superhero Saturdays, among many other new programs.

“These programs are very interactive,” Chase said. “We do an interesting craft. It keeps kids’ interest and keeps them moving.”

Chase was officially named youth services director in January, but has been with the library since August. She worked at Derry Public Library for two years and used to be a teacher in Londonderry.

“I just really enjoy the library,” Chase said. “I like the variety of the activities you are able to do at the library.”

Chase hosted her first Superhero Saturday last weekend and had 10 children, ages 4 to 8, participate in the program. The children dressed up as their favorite comic book hero and did some “super” tasks at the library.

“We had them leap large buildings in a single bound and find the hidden kryptonite,” she said.

The large buildings were small boxes stacked on top of each other and the kryptonite were glowsticks Chase hid around the library.

Even parents joined the fun.

“They came dressed in costume, too, and I didn’t even ask them to,” Chase said.

But dressing up as superheroes isn’t the only fun children get to have.

Chase offers a program called Silly Science for ages 5 to 8. She conducts science experiments, such as making worms and quicksand out of polymer solutions.

Since Chase has taken over the programs, parents said they have seen a noticeable change.

“You just see a difference in how organized she is,” said Sharon Norcott of Plaistow.

Chase also has a jam-packed schedule for February vacation. A puppeteer and a butterfly expert are scheduled to appear at the library next week. Her activities are so popular, that children from out of town show up for her programs.

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