Teen and Systems Librarian Sarah Marsack is getting in the Easter spirit for the Roseville Public Library’s Spring Book Walk and Egg Hunt.

Teen and Systems Librarian Sarah Marsack is getting in the Easter spirit for the Roseville Public Library’s Spring Book Walk and Egg Hunt.

Photo by Brendan Losinski

Roseville library to host Book Walk and Egg Hunt

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published March 10, 2021


ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Public Library is inviting local families to stop by for some Easter-themed fun at its first Spring Book Walk and Egg Hunt.

The program will allow children between the ages of 2 and 10 to walk along the library grounds while reading the pages of a story, “Too Many Carrots,” by Katy Hudson, as they go. Along the way, there will be opportunities to hunt for plastic eggs and win prizes.

“It’s a fun outdoor event. There’s a chance to do something with family that’s free, and there’s also prizes. … The eggs are plastic and have things inside that tell you what you’ve won,” said Community Relations Librarian Jason Novetsky. “The prizes are supported by the Friends of the Roseville Public Library. They donated them all.”

The Spring Book Walk and Egg Hunt will take place in three sessions, one at 1:30 p.m., the second at 2:15 p.m. and the third at 3 p.m., all on Saturday, March 20, the first day of spring.

Families will need to register in advance for this program and can do so by contacting the library by phone at (586) 445-5407 or using its online calendar at www.rosevillelibrary.org/wordpress. For social distancing purposes, the library is asking that no more than two adults accompany each group of kids and that at least one adult in the group has a valid Roseville Public Library card in order to register. There is no rain or snow delay date for this program, and space is limited.

“The Spring Book Walk and Egg Hunt will be a fun outdoor event where the children can read a great story and look for eggs to exchange for prizes,” Teen and Systems Librarian Sarah Marsack said in an email. “We will be having some smaller prizes such as bouncy balls, slime and pinwheels. We will also have some bigger prizes such as paperback books and gift cards. … I thought the event would appeal to the community, as we have had success with some of the book walk events in the past.”

The past book walks have allowed Roseville library patrons to enjoy what the library has to offer while remaining outside and socially distanced. The Easter event will take a similar attitude but with different activities. They held one for Halloween called the Trick-or-Treat Book Walk.

“We’ve never done something like this before,” said Novetsky. “The Trick-or-Treat Book Walk in the fall was a success, and we got good feedback from people, so we thought another event that got people outside would work.”

Social distancing and masks will still be required in order to keep all attendees safe.

“We are asking everyone to wear a mask and social distance,” Novetsky said. “We have the three sessions to limit the amount of people we have there at one time. Only one or two adults can come with each child to further cut down on numbers.”

Organizing programs has been a distinct challenge for institutions such as libraries in the last year. Marsack said librarians have had to think outside the box to ensure patrons could be engaged while doing so in a safe manner.

“Planning the library programs has been interesting this past year,” she wrote. “Having most of the library events be virtual or take-home crafts had been a big change for the library staff and the library patrons, but we are glad that we were still able to offer some programs that the patrons enjoyed. We are looking forward to having this upcoming outdoor event where patrons can enjoy the event in person while still being able to social distance.”

The Roseville Public Library is located at 29777 Gratiot Ave.