Despite some inclement weather, we held our 14th annual Vehicle Night, which would not be possible without the support and presence of both towns. The parking lot was filled with public safety and construction vehicles of all types, and many thanks go to the fire, police and the public works departments of both Hamilton and Wenham. The Mix 104.1 Ice Cream Truck also provided some delicious treats, and Apache, a Homeland Security K-9, was once again a highlight for all in attendance.
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 and one of our photography contest judges, who was able to attend the ice cream party and award our winners in person. Toni also led two photography workshops once again for children to gain the skills needed to take eye-popping pictures. Thanks also go out to Jean Buckley and Janet Mackay-Smith, our other photography contest judges. Janet Mackay-Smith, an editor at the Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle, will be publishing the winners in upcoming editions. Many congratulations to our winners (listed in no particular order): Cordelia, Neve, Ian, Hayden, Mary, Vanessa, Eli, Nidhi, Ethan, Amelia, Sam and Kennan!
Many children once again enjoyed earning and spending their “bat bucks” at our library store. While participating in our summer reading program, children also had the opportunity to “give back.” Children wrote the title of their favorite books on paper bats to display on a wall in the Children’s Room. Once the wall was full, a donation was made to Bat Conservation International to assist in efforts to eradicate white nose syndrome, a serious threat to the health of bats around the world. In keeping with our themed summer, this year’s library mascot, Silverwing, was a stuffed bat who traveled throughout Hamilton and Wenham for six weeks. Did you spot him among the business and town offices? Congratulations to all who did and entered our contest: Lily, Vanessa, Jared, Taylor, Kaitlyn, Ava and Eli. Special thanks go out to those who hosted Silverwing this summer: Talbots, the Jolie Tea Company, the Wenham post office, the Hamilton-Wenham Veterinary Clinic, the Salem Five Bank and Connolly’s Pharmacy.