June 5th, 2012

Dreamers Do

Youth slogan_H Reverse“You may say I’m a dreamer…but I’m not the only one.” John Lennon

As I sit down to write about this year’s summer reading theme, all the words that come to mind are song lyrics : beautiful dreamer…daydream believer….dream on…sweet dream baby…dream weaver…dre-e-e-e-eam, dream, dream, dream….merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.

The stuff of our dreams is held precious and dear, yet when someone calls you a dreamer, it seems to be meant as an insult.  What they are really saying is that you are just a good-for-nothin’ lazybones who can’t seem to get anything done or handle the harsh realities of life.

But, it seems to me that the dreamers of this world are the ones who get it.  Remember that smiling island lady in the musical, South Pacific, singing in Happy Talk, “You’ve got to have a dream; if you don’t have a dream, how you gonna make a dream come true?”  The great creative minds that enrich our world with music, art, ideas, discoveries, inventions and scientific revelations know.  It starts with a dream.  From the dark void, from inside the egg, or the seed, or the silent lump of marble come amazing displays of beauty and truth.

So, this summer, go ahead and Dream Big…Read!  Cecil County Public Library’s summer reading programs and events draw upon daydreams and night visions as inspiration this year.  Looking for things to do in Cecil County? Our Summer Calendar of Events features gatherings, storytimes, and crafts that shed light on nocturnal animals, dream symbolism, the night sky, mysteries, and so on.  All branches kick off the summer lineup this week with super celebrations.

Sign up for summer reading at Cecil County Public Library and dream about the new bike, or $100 Visa Gift Card, or Orioles Baseball tickets or other prizes you can win just for reading.  No matter what your age, you can participate.  New this year is a Read to Me component for little ones.  Dream Big, Read is for the school age set, and teens can Own the Night.  Big Dreams aren’t just for kids, either.  Adults can slip Between the Covers to do their reading.

The fun begins now and will end on August 4.  For registration and more information, contact your local branch or click here.

What are you dreaming up this summer?


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July 27th, 2011

Summertime, When the Weather Is Hot…

a toddler drinking water from a garden hoseWhen you’re a kid, summer seems to stretch out to forever.  Hot, dreamy, languorous, barefoot days are punctuated by picnics “down the creek,” long car trips to the beach, invitations to the neighbor’s pool, family cookouts, and the scramble for coins when the unmistakable jingle of the ice cream truck stops you in your tracks.

Ah, but that was then….and already, next Monday we’ll tear July off the calendar.   For grown-ups, August signals the ritual countdown to the first day of school and return to routine (which is pushed up to pre-Labor Day these days.)

Relax, there is still a little time left to enjoy the lazy hazy days.  But the time has come to wrap up the summer reading program and pause to celebrate with our annual Summer Reader’s Picnic at North East’s beautiful Town Park.  Since June 1, over 3000 children countywide have been busy reading and logging in thousands of titles.  They’re reading for fun and for prizes and we think they’re all winners just for doing it. The picnic is our way of celebrating the end of another successful summer reading season.

So, if you’re free next Wednesday, August 3, pack up the kids, a lunch, some cool drinks and your picnic blanket and join us at the Benjamin Pavilion from 12-2 pm.  Every child will get a free bag of Herr’s snacks and an ice cream cone from the Mister Softee truck.  They’ll also receive a raffle ticket to win one of six themed prize packages assembled by librarians at each branch.  D.J. Pam Moore will be spinning records and playing games; and there’s a terrific playground there in the park.

All of that, with the picturesque Northeast River as a backdrop!  Remember, for your kids, these are the good old days.  So come out and make a memory. What’s your favorite summer memory?


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