Children dig into books in new summer program

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Trish Leahy, left, and Lori Lewis read and sign stories for children during a summer reading program.

Children dig into books in new summer program

WILTON – The Wilton Free Public Library is conducting its children’s summer reading program, “Dig into Books: Uncover the Past.” Children are invited to story times at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays through July.

The library is also offering many other archeology-focused activities for children over age 10 at 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays through the first week of August.

Contact the library for more programming information at 645-4831.

As an extension of “Hands On PAH!,” the new library program for deaf and hard of hearing adults and children, some of the children’s story times are being interpreted in American Sign Language, as well as being read by well-known local residents.

On June 28, Alan Sockabasin, a Native American storyteller and author, read his book, “Thanks to the Animals,” in English and Passamaquoddy. Trish Leahy of the Wilton Post Office was the featured reader on July 10.

Upcoming interpreted story times will be on July 24, with Wilton Police Chief Dennis Brown as reader, and July 31, Town Manager Peter Neilsen reading. Hands On PAH! interpreters this summer are Sherry Walrath and Lori Lewis.

All interested hearing and deaf community members are encouraged to attend the interpreted events. Hands On PAH! is planning many other area activities to increase awareness and appreciation for deaf culture and American Sign Language in the community. For more information, contact the Wilton Free Public Library at 645-4831.

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