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Hammond Free Library hosts summer events

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HAMMOND – The Hammond Free Library is offering a cool place out of the sun for kids to read this summer.

The library, 17 North Main St., will present “Jack and the Beanstalk” on June 27 at 10 a.m. The Emmy award-winning master puppeteer Nancy Sander from Puppets with Pizazz, will be performing at the library

Mrs. Sander has performed six performances at the library over the years including The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Rumplestiltskin and Br’er Rabbit in Love.

“She is marvelous and wonderful,” Marcella M. Lavarnway, Library Board President said Monday. “We’ve enjoyed her so much; we have her back every year since 2006.”

Jack and the Beanstalk will feature a twelve-foot tall growing beanstalk, a dysfunctional giant and his wife and Cowmelita, the tap-dancing cow, Mrs. Sander said.

“It is a whole family and audience participation show,” Mrs. Sanders said. “There will be plenty of action for the little ones and dumb jokes for the older kids and adults.”

The library is also sponsoring a Summer Reading Program. Children will have the opportunity to read, eat snacks and make crafts at the library July 11, 18 and 25.

“We want to get as many children reading as possible,” said Mrs. Lavarnway. “It’s a good way for children to take a break from the sun and away from the computer.”

In an effort to increase reading among students, the library is offering a reading incentive program for grades Kindergarten through sixth and seventh through 12. The student who reads the most books in July and August in each age group will receive an Amazon Kindle. To qualify, students must record the book titles on the sheet provided the Hammond Free Library.

“It’s one more way to get children reading,” said Mrs. Lavarnway. “We want children to open their minds, take a peek at a book, and turn a page. Who knows? They might discover a love of reading they didn’t know they had.”

The library will hold a Book & Bake sale on July 7 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Hardcover books, audio books and DVDs will be available for $1. All proceeds from the event will benefit the library.

The library also now provides wheelchair accessibility to its main floor.

For more information about the library’s events, contact 324-5139.

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