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Party for literacy

A mardi gras mask would hardly be complete without feathers. At a mask making workshop at the Fayette County Public Library,Lina Hopping,Sophia Hopping and Shelby Steele sort through feathers for their creations. Their work will bepart ofa mardi gras party on March 5 at Roberts Park.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com

A mardi gras celebration complete with festive masks and food will help the Literacy and Education Capital of Fayette County Community Voices raise money for its work.

Each year, the group celebrates mardi gras with children decorating masks. The public can vote for their favorites during a mardi gras party on Tuesday, March 5. The group selects a different theme each year, Lea Ann Robinson, Community Voices president, said. 

This year’s theme is Books and Crooks. Children are encouraged to read mystery books and then make a mask based on a book they read, Robinson said.

The Fayette County Public Library hosted a mask-making workshop on Tuesday. Children came to the library, 828 N. Grand Ave., and decorated masks using materials provided by the Literacy and Education group.

“I really like the feathers because it makes the masks really pretty,” Sophia Hopping, a third grader who attended the workshop, said. 

The children decorated their masks any way they wanted.

“I am going to make a wolf mask because that’s my spirit animal,” Shelby Steele, a second grader, said.

Children who didn’t attend the workshop can still decorate a mask and bring it into the children’s department at the library on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Cassie Frye, who works in the library’s children’s department, said. 

The masks will be displayed from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the John Roberts Memorial Building in Roberts Park, 2900 Park Road. The public can come vote in the contest with tokens that can be purchased at the event.

The mardi gras mask party is to help raise money to support the group’s literacy projects, including buying books for a summer reading program and summer outdoor programs.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided.