Third fest week will kick off with pet show


RUMFORD – The third week of Summer Fest activities at the Rumford Public Library will be a busy one. On Monday, July 16, children between the ages of 3 and 15 can bring in one pet each.

To insure the comfort and safety of all, the pet must be on a leash or in a carrier, and children with pets must be accompanied by an adult. Those bringing pets are asked to arrive by 2:45 p.m. to register the pet for the show.

All entrants will receive recognition. In fairness to all the furry pets that will be attending, no stuffed animals may be shown. Teddy bears will get their day at the Teddy Bear Picnic on Friday, July 27.

On Tuesday, students from SAD 43, along with their adviser Kathy Sutton, will bring the Kids on the Block Puppet Troupe to the library. The Kids on the Block are a special group of disabled and nondisabled puppets that dress and act like real children. And like real children, each has definite likes and dislikes, talents and limitations.

The program for Wednesday, July 18, will be “A World of Drums: the Magic of Rhythm” with Barbara Gail from the Rhythm Inlet. Everyone will learn about and play a variety of exotic boomers, bangers, clingers, clangers, shakers, scrapers, dingers and dongers from all over the world.

Gail has been spreading the joys of rhythm and movement to people of all ages and abilities since 1994 and is well-known for her children’s programs.

Thursday, July 19, will be “Fin Day!” at the library, when volunteers create a fun-filled time for the youngsters. Children can take part in games, get their faces painted or watch as a balloon animal is being made for them, while munching on cotton candy or popcorn.

On Friday, July 20, the mother-daughter duo of Kim and Addy Fuller will joins the children for the noontime Picnic in the Park. They will read books from Maine author Tracy Kane’s “Fairy Houses” series. Following the stories, children will have an opportunity to create their own fairy houses.

Children can bring their lunch and picnic blanket to the library’s back lawn or in the public room of the library in the event of rain.

Area children and their friends are invited to the Summer Fest events, all of which are free. With the exception of the Friday picnics, all Summer Fest 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.

Those who have been participating in the summer reading program are reminded to turn in their reading logs by 5 p.m. Monday, July 23, in preparation for the reading awards celebration, which will be Wednesday, July 25. Readers who have not yet picked up their previous Subway coupons may do so at any time.