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Nacogdoches Public Library hosts team-building event for kids called Epic Relays

Children deal with team challenges in a relay game at the Judy McDonald Public Library in Nacogdoches. (Source: KTRE Staff) Children deal with team challenges in a relay game at the Judy McDonald Public Library in Nacogdoches. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Library program coordinator JuLee Comer calls herself a kid at heart, so she selects games for Nacogdoches children that she thinks are fun. (Source: KTRE Staff) Library program coordinator JuLee Comer calls herself a kid at heart, so she selects games for Nacogdoches children that she thinks are fun. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Nacogdoches summer programs have attracted new individuals and families to the library. Fall programs are already planned out.  (Source: KTRE Staff) Nacogdoches summer programs have attracted new individuals and families to the library. Fall programs are already planned out. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Team building games are popular at adult corporate retreats, but they seem to be the most fun among children.

East Texas News was at the Judy McDonald Public Library in Nacogdoches when the program coordinator introduced Epic Relays.

Team building for youngsters is the latest challenge for program director JuLee Comer. In the beginning, it's kind of a mixture of wrangling cats and dog training.

"Come follow me. Come on,” Comer said. “Okay. Stop here and stay."

Praise always moves things along.

"There you go,” Comer said. “You're doing good."

For even better results, you always want to keep them guessing.

"You know what we're doing?” Comer asked.

“No,” the children responded.

"Children have to get along with each other and work together, especially in this day and age,” Comer said. “Kids tend to be isolated sometimes with their computers and they really need to have community building activities."

Comer thinks she found her craziest teamwork challenge yet.

"It is crazy,” Comer said. “It's like a hamster wheel, you're right."

A step in time gets results.

"Go. Go. Go,” Comer cheered.

However, it only gets results if you're headed in the right direction.

"Turn around,” Comer told the children.

Failure to have a plan can lead to, well, you get the picture.

"You're almost there,” Comer said as the children fell over each other.

Comer comes away a winner when she hears kids echo what she has been trying to teach them.

"Work together,” the children said. “Work together."

"This is team building,” Come said. “They have to work together to get to the end."
The end result for libraries is a community connection. Innovative activities for children to adults create a win-win situation.

"New families,” said Mercedes Franks, the library’s director. “A lot of grownups because we're now offering a lot of adult programs, so people that maybe didn't think of the library as a place for entertainment are starting to come."

Sign up for fall programs is already underway. Comer already has her activities mapped out. The kid at heart promises they'll be fun.  

And here's a new acronym for you - STEAM. During the fall, Nacogdoches Library programs each Thursday at 5:30 will focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math.

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