Library stacks in style


By Alia Boyd - [email protected]



Elementary students and Diane Blakemore taking in the stacked creation that they made.


Kids crawling under a table in order to complete the timed stacking game.


Stacking, stacking and more stacking doesn’t begin to describe the activities that transpired in the basement of the Charles H. Stone Memorial Library on Thursday.

Kids at both the preschool 10 a.m., and elementary 3 p.m. events engaged in a game of Speed Stacks.

Speed Stacks is a competitive individual and team game in which participants attempt to stack as many cups in as little amount of time as possible.

“It helps hand-eye coordination, connecting the right and left sides of the brain,” Diane Blakemore, event assistant at the library, said of Speed Stacks.

“It allows kids that feel less sporty the ability to have fun,” Blakemore said. “It’s a pretty good workout.”

Starting out Blakemore taught the participants the fundamentals of stacking with just three cups, then progressed to more complex stacking techniques with six cups in the middle and three cups on each side.

After learning the fundamentals, the kids did creative stacking in which they could use their imagination to stack different shapes.

One of the more complicated activities required the kids to stack cups on one side of a table, then crawl under the table and stack more on the other side before having do crawl back under the table again.

The kids even participated in a stacking relay race in which they were divided into four teams and one at a time a member of the group would race to the other side of the room and either stack or unstack the cups that the other team mate had stacked or unstacked.

The winner of the relay was the group that stacked and unstacked the cups the most amount of times in the allotted time period.

At the end of the event, the kids came together as a group and stacked all of the cups into one massive stack, which ultimately grew in height to the eye level of some of the tallest adults in the room.

After the large stack came toppling down, the kids organized all of the cups according to color and numbered them.

Blakemore explained that the event tied into the theme of the summer which encourages kids to lead active and engaged lifestyles.

Elementary students and Diane Blakemore taking in the stacked creation that they made.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_Cups1.jpgElementary students and Diane Blakemore taking in the stacked creation that they made.

Kids crawling under a table in order to complete the timed stacking game.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_Cups2.jpgKids crawling under a table in order to complete the timed stacking game.

By Alia Boyd

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