Beans, beans, beans in the Butterfly Garden

Beans, beans, beans, we have beans in the Butterfly Garden! Feel free to pick one or two for a taste of summer. Just be gentle when you remove them from the vine. The garden is easy to reach from the back parking lot.

Now that school has started, we can reflect a moment on our library activity over the past two months and extend a thank you to everyone who helped in any way. The library float entry in the 4th of July parade was just the start of a busy summer for families.

We had 139 children register for Bibliomania, our summer reading game, for an overall total of 1682 hours of reading! Our weekly story times were well attended and families were entertained by the Spoonman, the Bubbleman, the Utica ZooMobile, and an afternoon of outdoor fun and ice cream at the library, thanks to the Hamilton Community Chest funding and the Friends of the Library.

About 90 people, both young and old, participated in the Harry Potter Family Feud. We had a select audience for our Altered Books workshop as well as the session on twittering, blogging, and wikis for teens. Participants in the Village Summer Recreation program at Eaton Street also had a weekly library connection. Look for a full list of volunteers and staff responsible for all of these events posted at the library.

We also enjoyed weekly vi

sits from the Chenango Nursery School Summer Camp.

Our annual book sale and bake sale were very successful thanks to all the donated materials and the dedicated book sale volunteers and bakers.

Looking ahead, mark your calendars for the return of our weekly Tuesday morning story times, starting at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 22. There will also be a Banned Book Read Out at 7 p.m. Monday Sept. 28.

The library is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. For assistance during these hours, call 824-3060. The book drop at the Broad Street entrance is always open for your convenience.

Barbara Coger is library director at Hamilton Public Library.

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