Ocean County Library mascot Sparks has met other mascots before like “Buster” from the Lakewood BlueClaws but on Thursday, March 9, he traveled to Southern Ocean County to meet the New Jersey Devils’ hockey team mascot.
Sparks doesn’t play hockey but he was excited to meet this horned mascot at the Little Egg Harbor Branch.
There were 43 people in attendance that were hockey fans of all ages. The NJ Devil mascot was enthusiastic and excited about coming to Ocean County.
The program included a reading of two hockey stories for the children present including “Goodnight Hockey” by Michael Dahl and “Great” by Glen Gretzky.
After the reading, the crimson mascot met up with Sparks, a magenta dragon. Photos were taken that included both Sparks and the NJ Devil. Participants also received an autographed photo of the NJ Devil and a voucher good for two seats at an upcoming NJ Devils game.
During the program a hockey puzzle and bobble head were raffled off. There was also a trivia contest, coloring sheets, a hockey word search and a wooden hockey stick craft.
“Everyone had a great time with both mascots at the library,” Little Egg Harbor Branch Youth Services Senior Librarian II Donna Majchrzak said.