Summer fest in second week


RUMFORD – The first week of the Rumford Public Library Summer Fest program was busy, bringing together old and new friends.

The second week will bring Almodarr’s Grand Illusion, featuring the magic of the Steelgraves on Monday, July 9.

On Tuesday, July 10, Louanne Thibodeau and some of the GRCC gymnasts she coaches will be at the library for “Tumbling Fun.” Thibodeau first has the gymnasts demonstrate their warm-up stretches and some of the basic gymnastic skills.

Then the gymnasts put those skills together into tumbling passes they might perform in a competition, before turning the mats over to the youngsters and helping them learn how to perform the basic moves. Children should wear comfortable clothing, suitable for the active program.

Robbie White, known by many of the youngsters as “The Snake Man,” will return to the library on Wednesday, July 11, with his pet ball pythons. White loves to share his knowledge about snakes.

On Thursday, July 12, Bitsy Ionta will bring “The Magic, Mystery and Fun of Science.” A long-time local teacher with an interest in science, Ionta has planned numerous hands-on science discovery activities of interest to children of all ages.

“Blue’s Clues” is the theme of Friday’s Picnic in the Park with Sue Bousquet and Stacey Holman, teachers at Peru Elementary School. Kids can bring a lunch and picnic blanket and be ready for some Blue’s Clues fun. The picnic will be held rain or shine.

Area children and their friends are invited to the free summer fest events. With the exception of the Friday noontime picnic in the park, all programs are at 3 p.m. and last approximately an hour. Parents are welcome at all the programs and are encouraged to attend with younger children.

There is still time to participate in the summer reading program, “Get a Clue @ Your Library,” which continues through Saturday, July 21. Children can get more information about the program and the reading incentives by picking up a weekly reading log in the children’s room.