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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