Book store hosts elf storytime


Neighbors | Shaiyla Hakeem .Boardman residents Mia Hammerton (left), brother, Gabe and Elizabeth Jupp were three of the many kids who visited Barnes and Noble Dec. 4 for Elf on a Shelf storytime. More than 20 kids attended.


Neighbors | Shaiyla Hakeem .Boardman Barnes and Noble booksellers Laura Frey (left) and Christine McKay read books about elfs to kids Dec. 4 during the store's Elf on a Shelf storytime. McKay taught the kids words in sign language that went along with the books and the holiday season.


Neighbors | Shaiyla Hakeem .Poland's Stella Sardich and Boardman's Zoe Martin were happy with the elf that they made at Barnes and Noble Dec. 4. The Elf on a Shelf storytime featured coloring, singing, reading and gifts.


Neighbors | Shaiyla Hakeem .Canfield resident Will Wires won an elf while attending Barnes and Noble's Elf on a Shelf storytime. Children were entered into a drawing to with the figurine.


Neighbors | Shaiyla Hakeem .Poland residents Isabella Roberts (left) made elfs with Carley Johnston and Katelynn Roberts during the Elf on a Shelf storytime Dec. 4. A craft project was given to the children following the book readings.

Santa Claus gets all the credit each Christmas, but the elves do all the work when it comes to making toys.

Barnes and Noble, located in the Shops at Boardman Park, hosted an Elf on the Shelf storytime Saturday for children of all ages. More than 20 kids attended the holiday event.

During the weeks leading up to the storytime, kids were challenged to visit the store and search for the elf who moved his location each day.

Barnes and Noble booksellers Laura Frey and Christine McKay opened the storytime with a musical selection about elves and featured readings of the books “Elf on the Shelf” and “Little Elf.”

McKay used sign language during the readings and taught the kids how to sign words such as elf, Santa, snow, reindeer and I love you. They were quizzed on their holiday knowledge by being asked questions such as, “Who is the most famous reindeer of all?” and “What is Santa’s favorite food?”

Following the readings, children participated in a craft project where they made their own elf. Everyone received a holiday jigsaw puzzle, pencils and stick-on tattoo. One elf figurine, like the one from the book that was read, was up for grabs and won by Canfield’s Will Wires.