Ding dong, the school bell stops ringing this week. Woo hoo! I remember how thrilled I always felt when school was over for the summer. To me, summer meant sleeping in, going to the pool, biking, hiking and reading away many a summer afternoon while relaxing in the hammock. But as much as I looked forward to summer vacations from school, I also ended up getting bored. I’d get too sunburned at the pool, it’d be too hot to ride my bike, and usually the abundance of bugs and snakes discouraged me from hiking. Even as much as I loved reading, a few weeks after school was out for the summer, I’d start whining for something different and fun to do.
Then I grew up, had a family of my own and guess what? Come summer, I’d get to hear the same refrain that I used as a kid, “There’s nothing to do!”
Well, that’s not going to be a problem at the Haltom City Public Library and their 2011 Summer Reading Program. Tuesday nights, starting June 7, will be Family Movie Night at the library. Showtime will be 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting June 2, will be Teen Time with topics on writing, poetry, photography and even a poetry slam open mike session. Creative teen time starts at 2:00 p.m. And on Fridays, starting this week at 2:00 p.m., OMG, there will be a different special guest every Friday to entertain all the young-at-hearts! Nope, no way anyone can be bored this summer. And what’s the best of all—there will be books, books and more books to choose from for lazy summer day reading.
Yes, it’s going to be a cool summer at the Haltom City Public Library thanks to Chesapeake Energy, Friends of the HC Public Library, N. TX. Regional Library System, Texas State Library & Archives, and the hard-working but fun loving Haltom City librarians. Check the city’s website for details or pick up a flier the next time that you are at the library. I might even sneak away from work myself for one or two of the fun activities but don’t tell anyone. Hope to see you there!