‘Fancy Nancy’ party brings girls to Kent Memorial Library

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Tue., Mar. 26, 2013
Ava creates her very own ‘Fancy Nancy’ tiara. Photos by Jennifer Coe.
Ava creates her very own ‘Fancy Nancy’ tiara. Photos by Jennifer Coe.

Filled with pink and purple, glitter and feathers, lace and frill, the annual “Fancy Nancy” party at Kent Memorial Library on March 23 brought in about 25 little girls to enjoy special treats and crafts.

Children’s librarian Wendy Taylor and library employees Diane Morse and Bev Sikes host this party based on the popular girls’ book series written by Jane O’Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. The original book came out in 2005, but since then, there have been 50 additional titles published and a serious marketing effort which has spawned a following of little girls who dedicate themselves to wearing boas, plastic high heels and floppy hats and “getting fancy.”

“I like crowns, bracelets and rings,” said Maya, 3.

Her friend Kate agreed and added, “I have the ‘Fancy Nancy’ book at home,” she said.

“It’s a really nice avenue for getting dressed up,” said Taylor. “It just gives you that opportunity to dress up randomly for an event. I have seen some of the neatest things. One year someone came with peacock feathers in their hair,” she said.

The girls who attended the event arrived in colorful dresses, and were happy to create their very own tiaras to wear during the activities. Then they were treated to a reading of a “Fancy Nancy” book by Taylor, played “Fancy Bingo” and decorated fancy cookies.

“It’s not only about the bling,” Taylor said. “Nancy likes fancy words, too. Nancy is just an easy, happy-go-lucky kind of kid.”
The event is sponsored by the Friends of Kent Memorial.

On Saturday, April 6, the Kent Memorial Library will host mime Robert Rivest. The event begins at 10:30 a.m.


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