NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

July 9, 2013

Summer reading program benefits equine rescue group

BY JENNIFER SOLIS
CORRESPONDENT

---- — WEST NEWBURY – If you love horses, the GAR Memorial Library has a program for you.

This year’s annual summer reading program has an equine twist. Children’s Librarian Kate Gove has set a collective reading goal of 3,000 hours for children and teens in the community. If it is reached, the Friends of the West Newbury Library will donate $250 to New England Equine Rescue –North, a local rescue organization for horses and donkeys.

Contact the library to learn more about how to help NEER-North provide for animals in need just by reading books this summer.

Gove also reminds young readers that registration is underway at the library for the following fun events this summer:

“Reading with Lucy.” Lucy, a black Labrador retriever, is certified service dog who loves to be read to. She will be at the library on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m throughout the month of July. Children can sign up for 15 minutes of reading time with Lucy.

Origami with Michael LaFosse on Wednesday, July 24, beginners meet from 6 to 7 p.m., advanced folders meet from 7 to 8 p.m.

Cartooning class with Children’s Book Illustrator and Pentucket visual arts teacher, Sean Bixby on July 18 and Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.

Family Legos on July 30 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Clayworks with Ann McCrea , Aug.7 at 6:30 p.m.

This Wednesday Toe Jam Puppet Bands performs “their own crazy show. Get the kids ready for bed and bring them into the library for a little fun singing, dancing and laughing,” Gove said. The concert starts at 7 p.m.

Drop in Story Time, Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m.

Toddler Time, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Babies & Books,Thursdays at 10 a.m. All these programs start this week.

All programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Trustees of the West Newbury Library.