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From Smash the Avocado to Sombrero Toss, the Roeliff Jansen Community Library offered a fiesta of fun activities for its young patrons at a community celebration of Cinco de Mayo on May 5. Photo by Tia Maggo

Friends have fiesta fun at Roe Jan Library

COPAKE — The Roeliff Jansen Community Library, located at 9091 Route 22 in Copake, put together a fun, festive and family-friendly community celebration for Cinco de Mayo last Thursday, May 5.

Cinco de Mayo is the annual celebration to commemorate the anniversary of Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza and his troop’s victory over the Second French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

Between the lovely spring weather last week, the community’s cheerful spirits and the contributions of local eateries, the Roe Jan Library had all the ingredients necessary for a special celebration.

From 4 to 7 p.m., patrons enjoyed a festive fiesta, dinning on spicy Aloha Tacos while participating in a few appropriately named games, from Smash the Avocado and Pin the Tail on the Donkey to the Sombrero Toss.

Participants also received the chance to broaden their minds by learning Spanish at the celebration before settling down for the library’s evening screening of “Encanto.”

— Kaitlin Lyle

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