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Family event at Wauconda library is about reading, and so much more

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Mike Quirin of Wauconda reads to his son Mark at the Wauconda Area Library. | CHRIS CASHMAN/FOR SUN-TIMES MEDIA

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Updated: April 5, 2014 3:44AM

A few inches of snow were no match for the lure of free doughnuts at the Wauconda Area Library last Saturday.

Dads and their children — and a few grandparents — attended the library’s first Doughnuts for Dad event.

“We’ve been seeing more and more dads coming to the library with their children, so we thought we would do something for them,” said organizer Regina Schauer, an assistant librarian in the children’s department.

“We have board games and crafts to do together,” Schauer said. “It’s a time to hang out and have fun at the library.

“It’s something for dads to do with their kids on a snowy morning,” she said.

A steady stream of families made their way down the stairs to the event in the children’s department.

Johnie Downey of Volo attended the event with his three children — Paige, 10, Piper, 7, and Patrick, 3. Paige and Piper were picking up prizes for completing their books in the library’s reading program.

Their dad is no stranger to the children’s department. “I come to the library with them weekly, if not a couple times a week,” he said. “I have a schedule where I can come during the day with them.”

“We’re doing crafts and may make a Valentine for their mom,” said Jim Rhyne of Island Lake. “The kids are here all the time,” he said of his children, Haley, 6, and Sam, 4. “I like to check out books,” Sam said.

“Me and my mom were just here yesterday,” said Jordan Grede, 7, of Lakemoor. She brought her dad, Gary, to the library Saturday. “We like to look at books and then we check them out, and then we read them at home,” Jordan said. “And we get movies and watch them.”

Nathan Brown, 8, of Wauconda was looking for a book for his school book report. “It has to be a nonfiction book about animals,” Nathan said. He had some helpers: his dad Chris, his sister Audrey, and his grandparents Scott and Pam Brown of Colorado.

“We came up (from Colorado) because we heard there were free doughnuts,” Scott Brown joked.

Mike Quirin of Wauconda and his son, Mark, 3, were reading a Spider-Man book together. “He likes the Super Friends,” Quirin said.

“You’ll lure him here with doughnuts every time.”

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