The Richmond Register

April 5, 2014

Library Luau

By Crystal Wylie
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — This was spring break week for many children in Madison County. But if they didn't get a chance to go on a Hawaiian vacation, the Madison County Public Library in Richmond brought Hawaii to them Friday during the Library Luau.

Children strung their own flower leis, faced off in hula hoop contests, saw how low they could go during a few rounds of limbo and even bowled with a coconut as a ball and pineapples as pins.

When they finished knocking the “pins” down, they ate them and the ball, too. Youth services librarian Ari Barron sliced up fresh pineapple to hand out. And after a few pings with a hammer, she was able to crack open a coconut for patrons to try.

For many children, as well as adults, this was the first time they had eaten raw coconut.

“It’s a lot different than the coconut you get in a Mounds (candy bar)," joked one woman.

Every child left with a gift bag of goodies while some got to take one of the bowling “pins” home to eat. 

For a full calendar of library events at both the Berea and Richmond locations, visit