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Sweet Saturday at Dads and Doughnuts

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff 

On Saturday morning, October 8, Sherborn dads took their kids to Sanger Street for a special outing. The families were arriving to Dads and Doughnuts in the courtyard at the Unitarian Church and ECDC playground, hosted by the Sherborn library, and billed as an opportunity to meet with “friends and neighbors over coffee and donuts while kids play and do a craft.” 

The morning event delivered — for those in attendance, there was ample conversation, coffee, kids playtime, and, of course, doughnuts.

A small craft was available for kids to work on, as well as coloring pages and sweet doughnuts. Conversation flowed easily with the breezy autumn weekend in full swing. Dads grabbed cups of joe and got to know their neighbors, catching up on local happenings. Kids, meanwhile, headed for the playground, happy to make more new friends of their own. 

Sherborn Youth Services Librarian Maureen Hayes organized the event as an opportunity for dads to reach out and spend time with their kids, and to meet other parents. Hayes and her sons were in attendance, helping craft a Halloween popper out of a cup and balloon. The easy craft entertained little ones and made a game that bonded new friends.

“Moms always get the chance to volunteer, and it can be hard for dads to go out and meet,” Hayes explained.

She also lauded the impact events like these have in terms of fostering community and creating genuine fondness for the library. “The community is connected and they come into the library, associating the library with these positive social events,” she said. “If people haven’t been to the library in a while, events like these bring them back and welcome them back to the community.”

For more information about Sherborn Library and its programming, visit A family playground meet-up is planned for October 15 at 10 a.m.

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