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September 21, 2013

Letter: Another great summer at Hamilton-Wenham library

To the editor:

As we put another fantastic summer here in the Children’s Room at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library behind us, I would like to thank all those who participated in our Dig Into Reading summer program. Whether you were a summer reader, story program participant, attended workshops, entered our many contests and raffles, or attended our Wow! It’s Wednesday or our Super Saturday programs, you helped make the summer memorable.

As with every summer, there are many thanks to express. The Friends of the Hamilton-Wenham Library is invaluable in supporting all of our summer programs. We kicked off summer with laughter that could be heard around the towns, as Charlie Williams presented his side-splitting “Eat My Dust” noise show. Boston and Toronto music sensation Charlie Hope shared her melodic voice with a mixture of tried-and-true fans and some new groupies. Sparky Davis gave audiences a taste of the high seas with stories and puppetry. The Hamilton-Wenham Cultural Council, in conjunction with the Friends, sponsored two of our Wednesday night programs. Children and adults alike were wowed by the magic of Scott Jameson, and folks were captivated and thoroughly entertained by the songs and stories of Davis Bates and Roger Tincknell’s Earth Rhythms program.

We held our 15th annual Vehicle Night under beautiful skies, and thanks to the support and presence of both towns, the parking lot was filled with public safety and construction vehicles of all types. The Mix 104.1 Ice Cream Truck completed this fun-filled evening with some delicious treats. Bryan Sheckells, fifth-grade teacher at Winthrop School, brought his love of science to the library once again as he guided children’s exploration of geology, paleontology and speleology. Tinamarie Sheckells masterminded and pulled together a fantastic Fairy House and craft building day here, attended by many kids eager to create an abode worthy of our local fairies. Charlie Hoffman, biology professor at Boston College and fan favorite, ensured the health and wellbeing of our community of monarch caterpillars that we raised in the Children’s Room. He also visited one Saturday afternoon and taught families how to identify, collect and care for monarchs on their own. All of our butterflies have “flown the tank,” but stop by and guess how many emerged here this summer!

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