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The Cat in the Hat celebration and class visit by St. Ann's School image


This summer the Children’s Library celebrated Summer Reading with the theme “One World, Many Stories.” As a member of a national collaborative for the first time, our state received graphics and educational materials. With this theme, we were able to provide interesting, creative programming options and it proved to be one of the best summers ever, with many participants at every program.

One of the best stories in our world was about creativity, and it came from our Children’s staff. This year they created crafts for such programs as the December Holiday Craft-Making Workshop, fabric art for Captains Courageous (Jean Dugan), story time crafts, and summer Drop-in Crafts, which is solely the fine work annually of Justine Vitale. As an artist, I also enjoy this part of my job very much.

Another story about staff creativity involved workshops and clubs. Librarians became more involved with children as they formed this summer’s popular Cooking Around the World Club with Justine Vitale and Lisa Ryan. Children loved it, and they also wanted to be a part of the popular International Year of Chemistry Club with Lisa. Another new program was the Lego Club with me. Staff also continued to offer book groups: the After School Book Club and Summer Reading Book Club with Jean Dugan, and The Sawyer Free Bookaroos, now in its eleventh year, with me.

Staff increased their school visits to include all public elementary schools, St. Ann’s School and the Charter School. New Page James King joined us this summer. Another new face has been Library Assistant Szilvia Vanderberg, who has been an enthusiastic participant in every project.

More highlights of this year’s special programs included Sky Pirate Captain Robbie Bones, The Cat in the Hat, Origami Around the World with Laura Geggis, Mosaic with Juni Van Dyke, Australian Animals with Creature Teachers, visits with authors Christine Brodien-Jones and Patrick Doud, Audubon Ark/Wild Tales, and Halloween with a Heart with Lucille LePage.

Volunteers were a very special story in the Children’s Library. Rebecca Aliberte spent many hours organizing our department, as did Heather Falk and Grace Poirier. Mary Mitchell worked with great dedication to prepare our books and materials. Through the generosity of community donations, our Lego Club was made possible!  

The most important part of the Children’s Library world was the children and families.
7,254 people came to our programs this year. Hundreds visited us for story times, class visits, family time, homework help, summer or vacation needs, special programs, and some came to visit their favorite librarian. Many commented on the more than 300 annual programs, and their variety. All of our staff welcomed them, and were honored to serve these most special patrons.

In the Children’s Library, we have a lot to share. Welcome to our world."

Respectfully submitted,

Christy L. Rosso
Children's Librarian