Lit’s Alive program brings classic literature to life

Children and their parents spent a stormy afternoon at the South Irving Public Library enjoying the Lit’s Alive: Little Prince Tea on Saturday, June 24. The Lit’s Alive program brings classic literature to life.

“We pick classics that we celebrate,” teen services librarian Kristin Trevino said. “Those of us who grew up loving it, introduce it to the new generation. The program is designed to be multi-generational for all ages to enjoy.”

For this event, the librarians along with members of the Young Adult Action Council (YAAC) offered craft stations relating to Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s novel. The event included snacks and a screening of the film adaption.

“We decided to do Little Prince in the summer because it went with our teen summer theme which is, “Out of this World.” The Little Prince and the asteroid seemed like a perfect tie in,” Trevino said.

YAAC is a group of young adults who have a passion for reading and help create programs for the community.

“We like to organize book themed events for the community,” Erick Adame, a member of YAAC, said. “Everything is free. We always have snacks and a bunch of activities for everyone to do.

“We have little activities for people to do that correlate to the movie. We thought they would be fun for the whole family and easy for everyone to do.”

The stations included building an airplane magnet out of craft sticks, making a headband with fox ears, and creating a flower pen.

Irving resident and avid reader Kim Kirk brought two of her children, Ethan (11) and Katelyn (6), to the event.

“We like all of the programs, but we like the Lit’s Alive one because we really like classic literature,” Kirk said. “My older ones, although they enjoy the movie, they mostly come for the snacks. My little one especially likes the crafts, but it’s a great family event.”

Kirk is subscribed to the library’s newsletter in order to keep up with their events. She tries to make time for her family to routinely visit the library.

“I love books,” Kirk said. “From the time they were born, I’ve tried to share my love of books with them. My oldest son literally took his first steps at the library’s story time when he was a year old, so it’s just a part of our family.

“The library is really evolving, and the way that I see it, Irving is ahead. They’ve got their finger on the pulse when it comes to what the community wants and really meets those needs.

“I think probably 30 years ago when I was just a little girl, they had some neat things to do, but nothing like what my kids are getting to experience. Back then, the library was a place to go and check out books. It’s not just a place to come check out a book any more, it’s more of a community center.”