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After School Club builds a gingerbread community

  • Landyn Guillory, age 9, and his mom, Lyntiffany Holdman, of Charles City, work on frosting their gingerbread house during the Tuesday After School Club at the public library. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Rachel Mack of Charles City puts the finishing touches on a gingerbread house at the Tuesday After School Club at the public library, while daughter Madison, who just turned 3, decides a marshmallow is better for eating than for decorating. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • A crowd of kids and parents make gingerbread houses out of graham crackers, frosting, candy and other snacks as part of the Tuesday After School Club, Tuesday afternoon at the Charles City Public Library. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • A wide assortment of frostings, candies, sprinkles and crunchy snacks was available to decorate the gingerbread houses. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • A crowd of kids and parents make gingerbread houses out of graham crackers, frosting, candy and other snacks as part of the Tuesday After School Club, Tuesday afternoon at the Charles City Public Library. Press photo by Bob Steenson

The After School Club at the Charles City Public Library Tuesday afternoon featured what it always does — a fun book and a fun activity.

“Gingerbread Baby,” by Jan Brett, was the book, and so, naturally, the activity was making gingerbread houses.

The walls and roofs were actually graham crackers, but there was a wide assortment of frostings, candies, crunchies and more for kids to use to decorate their Christmasy creations — or to snack on, with many of the decorations never making it to the houses.

The Tuesday After School Club is aimed at lower elementary grade level kids and incorporates reading stories, listening to stories and hands-on activities. It is held the first and third Tuesday of the month from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. in the Zastrow Room at the library.

The next event is Tuesday, Dec. 17, and will feature the book “Perfect Square” and creating art for the activity.

— By Bob Steenson

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