2016-06-09 / Editorial

It’s full steam ahead this summer

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By Bob Cochran

June not only brings the official start of summer with the equinox on June 20, but also Libby Library’s fantastic summer reading program. The theme of this year’s program, which begins in late June, is Full STEAM Ahead. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Science. These will be the themes around which each of the six weekly programs will be centered. The final week will serve as a fun-filled wrapup of the program.

The reading program will be held each Tuesday, beginning June 28 and run through Aug. 5. These programs, filled with a wide variety of enjoyable reading activities, begin at 12:30 p.m. That’s immediately following the free, nutritious lunches served as part of the summer food program. To wrap up the summer reading program we will have Dana Perkins, a ventriloquist and magician, for a show at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13.

The summer food program itself begins a week earlier on June 21 and runs through Aug. 12. The program, run in conjunction with the USDA, will provide free, healthy meals for children 18 and younger. The lunches will be served noon to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Nancy Beaulieu from the Maine Cooperative Extension Food Program will discuss and serve up healthy snacks for kids each Thursday during the program.

Yet another popular program returning this season is summer family movies. Family friendly films will be presented on the first and third Friday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. in the library’s comfortable, air conditioned Community Room. This year the films will be enjoyably tied in with the Full STEAM Ahead theme of the reading program. You can check the library’s website, oolbibrary.org, or our Facebook page for dates and times once they become available.

Coming up for the adults in our community on Tuesday, July 5 is the second of our summer portrait drawing sessions. The sessions are being held on the first Tuesday of each month from June through August from 4:45 to 7:45 p.m. in the Community Room. There is a live model, but those who want to attend are asked to provide their own art supplies.

We informed you of the new Library of Stuff program we are launching on Wednesday, June 15. Among the “stuff” available are a pétanque set, badminton set, basketball and chess and checker pieces that can be used on the park’s game tables that are already beautifully inlayed with checkerboards. All these items will be available on a one-day loan and returns must be made during the library’s operating hours.

We would still like to offer more items such as tennis racquets, croquet sets, Wiffleball sets, softballs and catcher’s mitts, and similar items, that would add to our patron’s summer enjoyment, but are unable to due to our limited budget, donations of any of these items would be greatly appreciated. We cannot accept hardballs, wooden or metal bats, etc. due to potential damage that may result to park and residential properties.

There’s many more fun and educational programs in the works for this summer. We’ll be back in a few weeks with more. Be sure to keep checking the website and Facebook in the meantime.

Bob Cochrane is a volunteer at Libby Memorial Library in Old Orchard Beach.

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