SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

September 21, 2013

Letter: Another great summer at Hamilton-Wenham library


The Salem News

---- — 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!

The summer reading program concluded, as always, with our Super Summer Ice Cream Party. Special thanks go to Cherry Farm Creamery of Danvers for providing the ice cream, as well as all the toppings and everything needed to bring frozen treats to our summer readers. This fun night would not be possible without their annual and generous support. Many thanks to Toni Carolina, local photographer; Beth Blanchard, fourth-grade teacher at Bessie Buker School; and Janet Mackay-Smith, managing editor at the Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle, for judging our photography contest. Toni once again led two photography workshops for children to gain the skills needed to take eye-popping pictures. Look for these award-winning photos in upcoming editions of the Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle. Many congratulations to our winners (listed in no particular order): Isabelle, Alison, Silvia, Celia, Ella, Abby, Jack, Jessica, Maya, Ian, Mary, Thomas, Michaela, Ainsley, Ethan, Griffin and Fanny.

Many children once again enjoyed earning and spending their “gold doubloons” at our library store. The 404 children who participated in this program also had the opportunity to “give back.” Children wrote the title of their favorite books on leaves as part of a mangrove forest on a wall in the Children’s Room. Once the wall was full, a donation was made to The Manzanar Project. This donation will plant mangrove trees in Eritrea that help feed families by attracting fish and providing food for village animals. Sue, a colorful stuffed T-Rex and our Dig into Reading mascot, continued the tradition of traveling throughout Hamilton and Wenham for six weeks this summer. Did you spot her among the business and town offices? Congratulations to all who did and entered our contest, and to this year’s winners: Chloe, Haven, Colby, Sterling, Henry and Koa. Special thanks go out to those who hosted Sue this summer: Talbots, the Jolie Tea Company, the Wenham Post Office, Mangia, the Acord Food Pantry, and Connolly’s Pharmacy.

Finally, many thanks go out to all of our sponsors throughout the summer. The Topsfield Fair offered their Read and Win program, as well as their Growums program. Mark Warner’s Martial Arts Academy provided certificates for all of our summer readers, as did the Pawtucket Red Sox. We so appreciate all of the individuals who supported and volunteered their time to run story programs, assisted at Vehicle Night and the Ice Cream Party, or shelved books or helped out as needed. No thank you would ever be complete without acknowledging the efforts of the entire staff of the library for their assistance, not just this summer, but year-round. We also appreciate the continual support of the library trustees. Thanks for another fabulous summer, and be sure to visit us soon for all the exciting fall programs!

Lorraine Der

Children’s Librarian

Hamilton-Wenham Public Library