Library Friends Bellringer Run, Asahi Exercise, Summer Raffle & Frog Jump

The Friends of the Library’s 40th Annual Bellringer Run is nearly here! The Bellringer Race starts on July 4th at 8:30am. The race route is the same for the 2024 Two Mile Race as it was in 2023.  The start/finish line at the intersection of Monroe St./2nd St. near the Town of Morse Hall. There’s still time to sign up for the Friends of the Library’s Bellringer Run.  Register online here:  or pick-up a paper copy at the library. The Friends will host Early Bird Pick-up at the Library on July 3rd 4-6pm; and Bib/T-shirt Pick-up and Registration at the Library on July 4th 7-8am.

Join us for an Asahi Nordic Exercise demonstration at Gilman Park on Friday, July 5th at 4pm.  We’ll be joined by Margaret Vainio from Finland.  Margaret visited the library last fall and gave a great demonstration and one of those in attendance, Naomi Kauppi, became an instructor.  The Friends of the Library hosted weekly exercise programs from January through May with Naomi as our instructor.  Participants enjoyed this gentle exercise program suitable for all ages and abilities.  Come and join us on the 5th at 4pm in Gilman Park and try it out for yourself.

The 50th Annual Friends of the Library’s Frog Jump will be held on July 5th at 5pm in Gilman Park.  Come and enjoy this family fun event!

The Friends are also having another Summer Raffle with cash prizes this year.  You may purchase tickets from the library and Friends members.  Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.  The drawing will be held after the Asahi demonstration at Gilman Park on July 5th and before the Frog Jump.  Thank you for supporting the Friends.

Summer Reading Weekly Challenge Report:  Tortoises (Kids) have 26 team members so far and have earned 499 reading points.  The Hares (Adults) have 21 team members and have earned 607 reading points.  The Tortoises are hoping for additional kids to join their reading team and add to their total score.  Stop by during the library’s open hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm and Friday & Saturday 9am-noon to sign-up for summer reading, check out books, and add reading points.

We’re offering a variety of Summer programming for all ages.  There will be a Storytime for 3–5-year-olds on Wednesday mornings at 9am in July.  We’ll be showing “Wonka” on Tuesday, July 2nd at 10am.  Bring your own comfy chair and snacks if you wish.  The library will have popcorn.  Tweens & teens have a paint day on Friday, June 28th at 12:30pm.  It’s an online tutorial with The Art Sherpa to paint an “Abstract 4th of July”.

Hope to see you soon!