Children and a few adults get to count their St. Patrick’s Day blessings in a creative way at Saugus Public Library
Mia DeAngelo said she has a lot to feel lucky about as she looked forward to St. Patrick’s Day. “I love my family, my friends, my home and my birthday – it’s the day before St. Patrick’s Day,” said Mia, who turned 8 yesterday.
Mia, a second grader at the Our Lady of Assumption School, said she loved her grandmother and “Miss Amy,” too, referring to Amy Melton, the children’s librarian at the Saugus Public Library. Melton made it possible for Mia and other children visiting the library this month to be creative while counting their St. Patrick’s Day blessings on shamrocks cut out of green construction paper. Children were encouraged to finish the sentence “We are lucky because …” and write it on their shamrock, which was displayed on a wall board in the children’s section of the library or given to the child to take home.
Mia needed two paper shamrocks to explain why she is lucky. She used one of them exclusively for her grandmother. “I’m lucky because I have a grandmother who showed me this library,” Mia wrote. “If it wasn’t for her, I’d never experience this library.”
Sheri Habib, 5, who is in the kindergarten at the Waybright Elementary School, couldn’t name everybody she wanted to on her shamrock. “People made me lucky,” Sheri said. “I am lucky because of everyone.”
Honoring their Irish heritage
Melton cut out her own shamrock and inscribed a blessing on it that expressed gratitude for the job she began at the library about a year ago. “I am lucky because I get to work in a beautiful library with so many wonderful children and families,” she wrote on a paper shamrock displayed in a plastic stand on the table where the children worked on their own shamrocks.
It was a drop-in craft activity, designed to get the children to think about good things in their lives. “I think it’s nice to focus on our blessings,” Melton said.
“Some of the children wanted to pin them up on the wall and some wanted to take them home,” Melton said.
As part of the library’s St. Patrick’s Day observance, the children’s section featured a table that displayed a selection of books to encourage young readers to learn more about Irish heritage. Green shamrocks suspended on strings hung from the ceiling made it easy to spot the table.
“A lot of us have Irish heritage … Some of us have to go back a few generations to find it. My mom was Irish. Her maiden name was Smith. But Maroney was the name of her grandfather who came over from Ireland and through Ellis Island,” Melton noted.
Cody Abraham, a four-year-old from Lynn, shares the heritage that Melton celebrates this month in the children’s section of the library. Besides honoring his family, friends and cats, Cody’s shamrock was dedicated to his Irish-born grandmother, Margaret O’Flaherty.
Puppy love and healthy children
The children and adults who displayed handmade paper shamrocks on the “We are lucky because …” board counted a wide range of blessings.
“I am lucky to have a puppy that loves me,” wrote one child.
“I am lucky because I am strong, smart, nice and funny … I am also lucky to have a wonderful family,” another wrote.
Julianna considered herself lucky “because I get pizza from Charlie’s Pizzeria.”
“I am lucky because I get diamonds for Christmas,” Tina wrote.
Dylan cited “many ‘Curious George’ movies to watch with my brother.”
Several of the shamrock artists wrote about the good fortune of having “healthy” and “wonderful” families.
“I am lucky because I have two healthy children,” CH wrote.
There’s still plenty of construction paper left to make shamrocks and lots of room on the “lucky” board for people – young and old – who want to count their own St. Patrick’s Day blessings when they visit the library today.