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September 24, 2012

Letter: Thank you for a successful summer

To the editor:

As we come to the completion of another fantastic summer here in the Children’s Room at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, I would like to thank all those who participated in our Dream Big, Read 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, our Special Thursdays or our Super Saturday programs, you helped make this summer spectacular.

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. The Hamilton-Wenham Cultural Council, in conjunction with the Friends, sponsored two of our Wednesday night programs. “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” came alive for audiences through the Hampstead Stage Company’s fantastic performance, and children and adults explored the science and art behind bubbles with Keith Michael Johnson’s Bubbleology. Children created music from recycled instruments with the help of Vic & Sticks, which was presented with funds from an LSTA grant. Families were excited to learn about and see live owls with Wingmasters, and Awesome Robb’s performance was as much a comedy act as a magic show, delighting those of all ages. Todd Brodeur’s World Class Frisbee Show provided families a fun afternoon, where children not only saw some amazing tricks, but learned a few of their own. Bryan Sheckells, fifth-grade teacher at Winthrop School, brought his love of science to the library as he guided children’s exploration of biomes, whales, big cats and rockets. Charlie Hoffman, biology professor at Boston College and fan favorite, ensured the health and well-being 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. Some butterflies have yet to emerge from their chrysalises and can still be seen in the Children’s Room. If you’re lucky enough to be here on the day one emerges, you can watch its release. Additionally this summer, representatives from Up With People not only volunteered at Vehicle Night and our Ice Cream Party, but also presented multicultural story programs here, sharing facts, songs and stories from three different homelands.

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