2017-06-22 / Editorial

There’s so much to do at McArthur Library this summer

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By Brooke Faulkner

Summer is upon us. As students breathe a sigh of relief about the end of the school year, we at McArthur Public Library are busily planning and preparing. Longer daylight hours and days spent at the beach or on vacation mean more time for people to pursue hobbies, projects at home and reading for fun. The library fills with people looking through books about crafts, gardening, do-it-yourself home repair and projects as well as the latest bestsellers and book recommendations they’ve collected all year but didn’t have time to read until now. This plus our annual summer programming mean that summer is one of the busiest times of year at the library.

“Puzzle It Out!” is the theme of the 2017 summer learning program, and we are pleased to expand its focus for youth to include not just plenty of opportunities to read (of course!) but also skill-building activities such as crossword puzzles, word games, listening to audiobooks, writing prompts, trying out new art, cooking projects and more. This fun, free program offers great prizes to young people who complete learning challenges throughout the summer, including a free Blizzard from Biddeford Dairy Queen and free pizza and fries from TJ’s Pizza in Biddeford, who have both generously donated these respective prizes for many years. After our kick-off celebration with wildlife experts Sparks’ Ark on Wednesday, June 21, events continue throughout the summer and will include Breakout! puzzle solving competitions on Wednesday, June 28 and Thursday, June 29 at 2 p.m., the library’s third annual Youth Talent Show on Friday, July 14, a Friday afternoon movie series and lots more.

If you are wondering why it seems like kids always get to have all the fun, wonder no more. We also have an enjoyable, easy summer reading program for adults, with prize drawings all summer long. Simply sign up at the information desk and get a punch card that can be used to track titles read throughout the summer. Be sure to join in on the finale at the end of the summer for Booktalk Bingo, refreshments and conversation and the opportunity to win more prizes.

McArthur is also pleased to be participating in the Maine State Library/Maine Humanities Council’s Read ME initiative. This is a new statewide summer reading program that encourages adults to read two books by Maine authors that are recommended by Monica Wood (a Maine author herself), “Unknown Caller” by Debra Spark and the non-fiction selection, “The Moth: 50 True Stories,” edited by Catherine Burns. The season will be capped off with a large community event in which the authors are interviewed in front of an audience. We have several copies of both of these titles in our collection, so come check them out and be a part of this exciting community building project.

With programs for all ages as well as a large selection of books, audiobooks, movies, music, magazines and video games to check out, McArthur really is the place to be this summer.

Brooke Faulkner is teen services librarian at McArthur Public Library in Biddeford.

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