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Somerset library hosts Civil War educational event for kids

December 2, 2018

In an effort to help kids and their parents discuss the harsh realities of the American Civil War, the Somerset County Library held a day of crafts and games centered around Civil War lessons Saturday.

Volunteers helped kids sew stuffed animals together, make paper Abraham Lincoln hats and build toy log cabins.

Library Assistant Director Jennifer Van Hannak said that it is difficult to discuss the adult subject matters of war with kids, but the activities make the discussion easier.

“It’s something we don’t usually want to talk about — war,” she said.

The event also included re-enactors playing parts such as President Abraham Lincoln, a Confederate soldier and a Union soldier.

Later this month, the library will host four more events with Civil War themes:

- 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 4: period clothing of yesteryear.

- 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13: theater of the mind, Blue and Gray — three stories of the American Civil War by Craig Stiles.

- 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 20: songs of beauty and grace.

- 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 27: food that won the war, civil war cooking class.

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