By Liz Premo & Cindy Stosse
Atlantic Naws, Thursday, July 1, 2004
OUR HERO — Hampton Fire Inspector Jon True (right) donned firefighter's gear during a heroic presentation at the Lane Memorial Library. The library is hosting its Summer Reading Program "Check Out a Hero," and has scheduled a number of visits from other local heroes. [Atlantic News Photo by Liz Premo]
HAMPTON — This year, the children’s Summer Reading program at the Lane Memorial Library is “Check out a Hero.” The kick-off for the program began last week, with a music-filled "Hero Night" featuring songsters Julie and Brownie, along with a special visit the previous morning by Hampton Fire Inspector Jon True.
With a group of about 35 summer readers gathered in the Lane Room, True presented an animated video; discussed fire safety; performed a fun magic trick with audience participation; and wore his full firefighter's gear, from helmet and boots to breathing apparatus and red suspenders. He also invited program participants to select their choice of take-home materials, including fire engine red pencils and erasers shaped like fire hydrants, helmets and fire trucks.
Summer reading story times for all ages will continue through the month of July every Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. Immediately following at 10:30 a.m. the special program series highlighting heroes in the local area continues. The remaining schedule is as follows: July 7, Puppeteer Martha Dana; July 14, Steve Perry Karate; July 21, State Police Canine Officers; and July 28, Steve Blunt's Music (finale).
The Lane Memorial Library is also hosting a "Friday Action Hero Movie" Friday afternoons at 1 p.m. Movies include "Superman: The Last Son of Krypton" on July 2; "X-Men" on July 9; "Hulk," July 16; "Hook," July 23; "Superman/ Batman," July 30; and "Scooby Doo" on August 6.
The library's Summer Reading Program wraps up on Thursday, August 5 at 6:30 p.m. with a very special program. Come and celebrate the summer's reading accomplishments with lots of fun and plenty of prizes. Also, kid-friendly” snacks (such as juice boxes and healthy, non-perishable snacks that children enjoy) will be collected. These items, along with donated gently-used backpacks which the library will be collecting through August 10, will be presented to the local food pantry in anticipation of the new school year.
To become a "Library Hero," program participants must read for 30 minutes each day and keep track of the number of minutes that they read. For every 30 minutes of reading time, participants can put a ticket in the treasure box for prizes. For the older children, there is a book group with many exciting titles chosen for this summer.
Be a hero — sign up now for summer reading at the Lane Memorial Library. For more information or to sign up, stop by the Children’s Room or call 926-4729.