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Airplane Competition (Posted On: Friday, March 02, 2012)

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Paper airplanes will glide, soar and twirl in heated competition at the Collingwood Public Library this March Break. The Library’s first Great Collingwood Paper Airplane Challenge dares children to build two paper airplanes—one stunt, one flier—in limited time before setting them a flight to win an exceptional grand prize.

“Children often learn through participation and hands-on activities, not just reading,” said Ashley Kulchycki, supervisor, teen and children services. “By offering a paper airplane challenge we aim to provide an opportunity for fun along with teaching fine motor and engineering skills.”

Judges will examine each airplane for stunt, accuracy and distance attributing points for each category. In event of a tie, participants will partake in a “head-to-head, sudden death” distance challenge. 
Dr. David Ripley, chair of the Library Board, will be pleased to invite the winning participant and his or her guardian/parent on a courtesy scenic flight of Collingwood and area. Runners up will receive books on making paper airplanes to continue the fun at home.

“Flying is an exhilarating experience and I am pleased to offer a child, and his or her guardian, the opportunity to see Collingwood from the sky. It’s an excellent opportunity for a child to gain understanding about aviation first through a paper model and then through actual flight,” said Ripley.

Children ages 7 to 12 are invited to register for the Great Collingwood Paper Airplane Challenge. Each participant will build two airplanes with paper provided by the Library. The Challenge takes place on Thursday, March 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 pm. Registration is required. Planes will be flown in the Library’s lobby for all patrons to see.

The Library has a full line-up of activities planned for March Break: Toddler Tales, Forest of Reading Scavenger Hunt, The Hunger Games, Drama Workshop, Pandora’s Box Puppet Show and Chester’s Story Hour.

To register for the Great Collingwood Paper Airplane Challenge or another activity, please call 705-445-1571 ext. 6234.


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