Included in the Summer Reading Program were other fun and engaging activities. Since the theme was Dig Into Reading, the activities and books were related to the theme. For instance, one popular activity was a coloring contest of a toilet seat cover. You have to get creative to make the connection between toilets and Dig Into Reading!
Children could also play a guessing game to guess how many worms (book worms I’m sure) were in the jar or could find the hidden chipmunk in the many shelves of books at the library. Each week, a new display on New York authors was available for children to learn about familiar books that were written in their very own state. Fictional characters Sam and Jen guided the children in their quest to match the New York authorsto their book.
Banned Book Week is a national program that runs on Sept. 22 to Sept. 28 but the library will have a display for an entire month. Libraries across the country will celebrate the value of free and open access to information. The Friends will highlight the event by conducting a drawing for a free banned book. Library patrons may complete an entry form at the library for an opportunity to win a copy of “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher, “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls, or”The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini. Stop by to see the display and to add your name to the book drawing.
In the other display case at the library the American Civil War is highlighted. A community member generously provided posters, paintings, postcards and figurines. If you’re interested in history and would like to see specific information about this harrowing phase in our country’s past, stop by the library and check out a few books when you view the display.
Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.
Tina Winstead is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.