Westborough Library Hosts Family Bingo Event

People collect prizes to win BINGO. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

WESTBOROUGH — From character “Frozen” Olaf to bingo, there was plenty to enjoy as the Westborough Public Library recently celebrated its first in-person event since the latest spike in cases began in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event, called Frozen Flamingo Wingo BINGO, took place on February 23 at the library.

“This is our first post-pandemic event, and we wanted to make a splash,” Lynne Soukup, assistant library manager, told the Community Advocate. “We wanted to welcome our families back, especially during the school holiday week.”

The bingo event, she said, was a perfect opportunity, indeed taking place during February vacation for local students.

Seventy-eight people signed up to play bingo. Soukup said the library team was “excited” to bring these people back to the library.

Teenage librarian Jen McGrath, whom Soukup called a “master of ceremonies,” led the bingo games with the help of teenage volunteers from her Westborough Awesome Volunteer Experts (WAVE) group.

The children played bingo, crossing out the names of cartoon characters that McGrath projected onto the screen. In addition to bingo, they received additional prizes for singing Disney songs like the hit “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from the movie “Encanto.”

Soukup said library staff came up with a number of ideas for an event. They considered keeping it with an outdoor snow theme. But then the weather turned cold.

The library wanted to hold an event as COVID-19 cases were down and as soon as the Westborough Health Board said people could start removing their masks indoors.

“Thus, Flamingo Wingo BINGO was born,” Soukup said.

They added the Frozen theme because they had previously planned for the character of Olaf to make an appearance for a noon Eve event. This had to be canceled, however, due to the pandemic.

“It was heartbreaking to start planning things and then having to cancel, plan and cancel,” Soukup said.

How difficult these cancellations have been, it makes everyone happy to be back, Soukup said. This event was filled in two days, and the library even had a waiting list for it.

“We’re back,” Soukup said. “We have resumed our activities. In-person events are back at the library. You can see people want it.


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