Summertime, When the Weather Is Hot…

July 27th, 2011

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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A Little Slice of Americana

July 19th, 2011

ferriswheelCounty fairs may seem corny, but they’re what America is all about—a  big melting pot of talents and home-grown skills showcased in a magical summer setting.

The Cecil County Fair is just about perfect – nine days of heaven in the rolling green of Fair Hill, spanning July 22nd-30th.

Years ago, I took a photo of the Fair on a warm Sunday night.  The sun was setting over the midway and all the carnival rides were lit up and whirling with sounds of children screaming and cavorting in delight, the sky as pink as cotton candy. The scene was perfect with a last-light glow silhouetting the Ferris wheel towering up to the clouds.  Everywhere there was movement, with families strolling among the rides and carnival game barkers challenging passersby to “step right up and win a prize!”; a feast for the senses with pizza and fried food scenting the air, and the warm summer night beckoning with a promise of something special for everyone.  It was a golden moment.

And there is something for everyone at the fair.  Where else can you find entertainment as fantastic and diverse as a lawn mower race, cow chip toss, rodeo, pie-eating contest, greased pole climb, demolition derby, and the 4H Pygmy Goat show? It may seem a throwback to a forgotten era, the fact that a kid can win a blue ribbon for raising a chicken—but what a great way to develop an appreciation for agriculture and what it contributes to America.

Of course, your friendly Cecil County Public Library will be there!  Stop by the library booth located in the building just off the midway.  There’s a craft for the kids to do, a county geography game to play, a guessing game with a prize of a $50 Walmart gift card, and a FREE BOOK for everyone! We’ll be there every evening throughout the fair as well as Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

On Monday, July 25th at 10:30 am, stop in for a special library program for kids at the stage just past the barns. We’ll be celebrating our summer reading theme “One World, Many Stories” with special songs and dances.

So come meet us at the Fair to experience a slice of Americana that will make you proud of your country!  Visit the Fair’s website for more info and directions.

What’s YOUR favorite thing about the Fair?

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