Tonawanda News — The North Tonawanda Public Library held a kickoff event to mark the beginning of their summer reading program Wednesday afternoon.
Families were invited to the library to participate in a variety of activities including arts and crafts, finding books to read, doing puzzles and taking an opportunity to see various vehicles from the local police and fire departments as well as from the department of public works.
“Kids and parents are welcome to come look, learn and talk to the people that run the vehicles,” said Library Director Britt White. “They can take a look inside and get up close to these kinds of machines.”
White noted that the event was also held as part of last year’s summer reading kick off and that they had a great turnout. According to Marcia Bugyi, children’s librarian, the library has plenty of books available to children who were interested in learning more about the vehicles they saw.
“We have a lot of non-fiction and fiction books about the trucks, which the kids really love.” Bugyi said.
There were things to do both in the library and outside of it. The trucks were out behind the building and an arts and crafts room was set up in the conference room. There were also activities in the children’s section of the library.
Jen Magil, who had brought her boyfriend’s daughter, Kaylee Stone, to the event said Kaylee enjoys the summer reading program at the library.
“It keeps them reading over the summer,” Magil said. “(Kaylee) reads all the books on the first day and then re-reads them. There are weekly prizes and they get a book they can keep. She can also come in to utilize the computers.”
Kaylee says she really loves coming to the library and checking out her favorite books. She likes being able to learn about different things.