The New London Public Library is a destination in the summertime, too, as children’s programs on Thursdays take idle time and make something out of it.
“The turnout has been incredible each week, “said Library Assistant Debbie Kamholz. We have well over 100 children at some events.”
That’s probably because the programming is so good.
In June magician Bruce Hetzler entertained with a show full of laughs and illusions. African Art Day was a hit too, with mask making as the main event.
“On July 7, the Fox Valley Herp Club will bring reptiles to the library, and each year the crowd grows bigger,” said Kamholz. “Children are fascinated with snakes and lizards. They rarely get to see them up close, so this is a real treat.”
July 14 children should wear old clothes or at the very least an art smock as a Chinese dragon will be created with the help of a local artist, and painted by everyone.
A Native American Pow Wow takes place July 21, with dream catchers as the craft for the day, and a corn dart game being played.
A crowd favorite, children’s performer Tom Pease hits the stage July 28. Pease plays folk guitar and engages the audience in his songs.
Katie Herzfeldt and the school-aged children from New London Day Care take a hike to the library each week to enjoy the fun. “They get their walk in and are ready to watch a show or do some artwork once they get here,” said Herzfeldt.
The Thursday events are held outside on the green space, next to the library. If it rains, the Emanuel School Commons off Quincy Street opens and the event goes on. Children entering kindergarten and older are invited to come to the library from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. each Thursday through July 28. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for performances.
Also, through July 27, Wednesdays are movie days at the library. From 2 – 4 p.m., watch a movie with your friends. Popcorn and juice is provided.