EPPING —Along with the library staff, the kids of Epping owe a debt of gratitude to the volunteers that helped make the library’s 9th annual toy sale another success. For the past several months, Toy Sale 2013 coordinators Clara Chase and Tammy Rogers hauled, cleaned, sorted and priced thousands of donated toys under the tutelage of Toy Sale expert Heather Clark. With the help of another dozen moms and dads on both set-up day and sale day the generosity of the many families who donated toys was passed along to the folks who took advantage of amazing bargains at the sale on June 22nd. The proceeds from the toy sale go directly to purchasing supplies for the summer reading program, including stocking the shelves in the SRP Store where kids get to spend the Diggin’ Dollars they earn for reading.
“Dig Into Reading” began in earnest with crafts, challenges and experiments on Monday, July 8th and will continue through August 16. Registration will continue through the end of July, and the SRP Store will be open until August 23. For every thirty-minutes a child reads (or is read to) s/he earns $1.00 in Diggin’ Dollars. Readers may check in with their reading logs whenever the library is open, but participants are reminded to check the blue calendar to see when groups or special programs will make the children’s room more congested. Middle school volunteers will be on hand from 10 to 4 each weekday to help with the various activities available to Epping’s young readers.
During the week of July 22 the theme will be “Machines that Dig” making it the perfect time for Bring Your Own Truck Week. Once a child has had a parent sign the “I agree to let my child get filthy” permission slip, s/he is invited to use a truck brought from home to haul dirt from the pile to various dumping zones near the library (weather permitting). During Week 5 Storyteller Shawn Middleton will come on Thurs., August 1 at 10:30 a.m. and fill the library with silly characters and wonderful stories. Upcoming events later in the summer will include miniature French & Indian War battle games, a Civil War camp demonstration, panning for gold, and an Ultimate Treasure Hunt. Each Thursday afternoon during the program the library will host a movie for kids at 1:30 p.m. Call the children’s room to find out the movie of the week.
Epping’s public library is open Mon.-Fri., from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sat., 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information, call 734-4587 to reach the main desk, 679-5944 for the children’s room or visit www.eppinglibrary.com.