2016-09-01 / Editorial

Where did summer go?

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By Leslie Rounds

Wasn’t it just a few days ago that summer, full of bright promise, began? And now, believe or not, (I choose not to) fall is about to . . . fall. Although I enjoy the autumn, it’s awfully hard to think about putting all my perennials to bed for so many long, cold months. And, back when my five children were in school, I hated the return to a fixed schedule and the myriad worries of making sure all the homework was done and book bags packed for the start of another busy day. I savored the summers.

Fall is a busy time for families everywhere, and consequently it’s also a gearing up time at the library. We are surrounded by schools and the school year is the very busiest time in our children’s room. First there are the programs that serve children too young for school: Laughing with Lois, our preschool story time for 3- to 5-year-olds, Tuesdays at 10 a.m.; Romp & Rhyme Toddlers for those 18 months to 3 years, Thursdays at 10 a.m.; and Little Wiggler Books and Babies for those birth to 18 months, Fridays at 10 a.m. All three of these weekly story times are relaxed, low key and ever-so-pleasant. If you have children of varying ages, bring them all along. Stories and activities may be a little too old for some or a little too young for others, but the fun is there, just the same. All of these are free and no sign-up is needed. This kind of programming is remarkably good for promoting the early literacy skills that all children need to acquire to do well in school.

Then we have after school programming: Our Lego Club is very popular. It meets on Tuesdays, 3 to 4 p.m. We provide the Lego and you bring the creativity. The first session of the school year is Sept. 13. On Wednesdays after school we have our Teen Lounge. Fun things to do and fun food to eat. What could be better?

We also have a couple special events planned. We Potter lovers are all eagerly looking forward to the new film but it might be nice to have a bit of Potter in the meanwhile on Harry Potter Night. On Sept. 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. we invite Potter fans (Muggles as well as wizards) to join us for an evening at Hogwarts. Watch potions . . . oops – explode! Spells transfigure and magical creatures come to life. Visit Olivanders if you find your wand is missing and embark on a library-wide search for missing horcruxes if you dare. Honeydukes has promised to provide the sweets. Wear your robes if you have them. No registration is needed, but if you fail to come we may have to use “Accio!” to summon you.

For bigger kids and adults who have wondered all their lives, “How did they do that?” professional ship in a bottle craftsman Dana Perkins will be here on October 4 at 4 p.m. to share the history of building things in bottles and demonstrate the basic principles of this remarkable art. Members of the audience will get to try their hand at some simple bottle model tricks.

On Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., well-known Maine mystery author Paul Doiron is coming to the Dyer Library to talk about his books and his craft. Nonesuch Books will be here to provide book copies, available for sale, for Paul to sign. On Tuesday, Nov. 1, it will be author Lea Wait visiting from 6:30 to 8 p.m., talking and signing.

And then it will be time for the Festival of Trees. Where did autumn go? Now it’s winter…

Leslie Rounds is executive director of Dyer Library and Saco Museum.

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