Challenging records

Local families tried their hand at breaking some world records at Spring Lake District Library on Wednesday night.
Julie Angell
Jun 19, 2014


Family Guinness World Records Night was put on this year to continue the library youth program’s science theme this year. The library’s youth services coordinator, Elizabeth Griffin, said local kids have shown they are avid readers of those big Guinness World Records books and wanted to give some of the records a try.

Stations that were set up around the room ranged from the longest hula-hoop passing chain to the most pingpong balls caught with chopsticks.

At each station, the kids wrote in their name with the number of cups they stacked or playing cards they balanced on top of one another. Griffin took pictures of kids on their toes reaching up to plastic cup towers and peeling one of many sticky notes on their faces.

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While this was a night for amateurs to try to conquer world records, one of the participants was no stranger to it. When Spring Lake resident Kathryn Palen was 13 years old, she attempted to break the world record for the longest time hula-hooping. With just the music playing from her favorite records to entertain her, Palen said she hula-hooped in her basement for 24 hours straight.

“It was quite a feat,” Palen said as she tried out each station Wednesday night with her son, Kayland. “I had it all planned out.”

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