Hockessin Library patrons visiting to check out books with their young children in tow were treated to cupcakes, crafts and Lego building as the Friends of Hockessin Library celebrated the fifth anniversary of the New Castle County facility's extensive renovation.
Among them was T.J. Kamenitzer, of Pike Creek, who brought his children, Tyrus and Joshua, both 7; Veronica, 5, and Paul, 3. Kamenitzer said he usually came to the library once per week to pick up books for the children since he worked nearby. On Friday, he brought the kids, who were all home from school because of spring break.
"We just came here on a beautiful, spring day and got thirteen books," Kamenitzer said. "I love this place."
That sentiment was echoed by Jeanine Antonelli, of Landenberg, Pa. She brought three of her children Dominic, 6; Cole, 5; and Leila, 6 months, and friend Tommy Ward, 5, to the birthday celebration.
"We love it here," Antonelli said. "They're phenomenal. My oldest son, Jackson (7) still talks about the sleepover he came to here with his father [last summer]."
The Hockessin Library, part of the New Castle County system of libraries, underwent a 7,846 square foot addition as well as a complete renovation of the original 14,616 square footage five years ago.
Friends of Hockessin Library past president and current board member Barbara Miller said it was hard to believe time had flown by since that extensive project. But it was time for a celebration, and she had some help from library Youth Services Librarian Terri Jones and Marshall Steam Museum Education Director Jesse Gagnon in putting on the birthday party.
Mary Rhodes, of Newark, brought her granddaughters, Giovanna Rhodes, 5; Alanna Rhodes, 3, and Olive Rhodes, 6 months, to the library and also decided to stop by the party as well.
"We always come to the library," Mary Rhodes said. "When we came in, the lady said there were cupcakes and crafts. So, we came in."