When I was a teenager, my favorite performers were Simon and Garfunkel.

I’m thinking of their song, “April, Come She Will.” Paul Simon wrote, “June, she’ll change her tune,” and that’s what’s happening right now. Suddenly it feels like summer and June brings some very special events to enjoy.

BTW, (by the way) all of our story times began this week. Tuesdays are reserved for daycare visits. Expect to see kids here on Wednesdays and Fridays, at Story Time, and Thursday nights at Brickheads (Lego building). And expect to see kids all the time in between, because this is a very busy time for our library.

On Saturday, June 8, the McLeod/Meeker chapter of Therapy Dogs International will visit the library at 10 a.m. These beautifully trained dogs love to listen to children read aloud. They also love belly scratches and hugs. These visits also let the dogs experience the sounds and smells of the library, so they get a training experience as well.

Papa Siama and Auntie Dallas will visit our library at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 13. They will present a free program celebrating music and stories from Siama’s childhood in the Congo. This program is highly interactive and hands-on. Siama is an accomplished guitar player and he will also introduce us to African instruments such as the balafon and mbira. It was designed with children in mind but will be enjoyed by everyone.

Makerspace, for ages 10-18, takes place at 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 10. This is an activity for teens and tweens that like to create. This month, they will decorate their own planters and learn how to plant and take care of succulents.

Our favorite magician, Magic Bob, will visit the library at 10 a.m. Friday, June 21. His show this year is called, “It’s Showtime!” He and the Beautiful Lynn Marie always present a show that matches our summer reading theme.

Kids Open Mic, for ages 10-18, will happen at 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 24. Whatever your talents, if you’re aged 10-18, come and share them at the library. Sing, play an instrument, tell a joke or read an original poem or story. This is a new thing for us, but it is a good fit for “It’s Showtime @ your library!”

Celebrate summer!

— Jan Pease is the children’s librarian at the Litchfield Public Library.

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