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Catch the Reading Bug at the library

by Sherry B. Inabinet, Executive Director

Last Friday 120 youngsters and their caregivers enjoyed our opening “Catch the Reading Bug” summer program at the Middlesex YMCA with magician Ron Wescott. Not only did he present an outstanding program of magic that promoted reading and good nutrition, but he also gave each youngster several special treats to take home. image

Alison has been conducting age group programs at both Urbanna and Deltaville this week. She had 39 youngsters and their caregivers for her first program at Urbanna on Monday.

Tonight, July 3, Ginger Inabinet, accompanied by Kathy Merithew, will begin our free summer concert series with present a patriotic music concert at Lower United Methodist Church. We will honor all active and retired military personnel, hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence, have favors for everyone, and draw for some nice prizes. For more details, please see the article on page A7. 

Next Monday, Ginger will present a multi-age group storytelling program at the Urbanna Branch at 10:30 a.m. Her program of insect and spider stories and songs will include her 4-H insect speech that she gave at age 9 to win the Maryland State 4-H Speaking Contest. Alison will also be conducting programs for each age group at Urbanna and Deltaville. For more information, please refer to the article in this paper or call either library branch.

Quilts made by Karen Vaughan and Rebecca Maddox will be on display at the Deltaville Branch during the month of July. Their exhibit last summer was extremely popular. Karen has donated a quilt to the library for a raffle. Tickets will go on sale at Deltaville Heritage Days on July 5. The drawing will be after the Urbanna Oyster Festival.

Now that summer is here, we want to remind all of our patrons not to leave books on tape or video tapes in a hot car. It takes only about 20 minutes for these products to stretch, making it impossible to understand the content. Longer exposures will totally warp the tapes and cases. DVDs and books on CD should also not be left in the car. They, too, suffer damage, and cases will warp.

The library seems to be receiving numerous emails from people wanting us to renew their books. Because many items may be on hold and may have been renewed the maximum number of times, this is not possible. You may renew by calling the library and obtaining a PIN number. Then you can renew any items that are renewable at our website Other ways to renew are to come to the library or call the library during regular library hours. 

Both branches of the library will be closed July 4-5. No items are due those days. You may place books in the book drop but, due to the book drop damage to media, books on tape or CD, videos or DVDs must personally be returned to the circulation desk of either branch.

If you are planning a beach trip, purchase some of our paperbacks for your trip.

Celebrate America’s birthday and our wonderful gift of freedom. Have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July!

Happy reading!

posted 07.02.2008

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