“Arghhh,” said Tiana Hux. “That’s what we pirates say.”
Hux got a handful of youngsters interested in activities that highlighted the pirate way and, more importantly, got them interested in the books and videos that abound on the captivating subject matter.
The children’s entertainer and educator from Austin was in full pirate gear with all the pertinent paraphernalia, even a chirpy parrot (stuffed and colorful as a hand puppet).
Hux had the children in attendance color sheets depicting pirate ships and then had them look at the illustrations in several books pertaining to the life and times on the high seas. Rollicking songs heard on the open seas and in most ports of the Caribbean provided a backdrop of music to her presentation.
The children could even dress up in costume for the presentation, and a few adorned some makeup that made them even more of a pirate looking bunch.
Hux has been traveling to various libraries around the state for a year and a half.
“I really wanted to be a pirate,” said Hux.
A pirate gives you a sense of adventure and travel, she explained. Hux also gets into other characters at times for shows. She can transform herself into a princess and into the beloved Disney character Mary Poppins.
Hux had the audience captivated when she explained that pirates were noted to travel the Caribbean and into the Gulf of Mexico, all the way to Corpus Christi Bay. The travels were thought, at times, to bury their treasure they had accumulated from the kings and queens of European nations who thought they controlled the New World.
“They even came all the way to Beeville to bury treasure, at the library,” said Hux.
“All the books around you are treasures, and we can learn so much from them.”
It was a “Yo-Ho-Ho” of a good time on Saturday at the John Barnhart Bee County Library.