Saturday, July 11, 2009

Kinnelon Library Summer Reading Social Kickoff!

Kinnelon Summer Reading Calendar 2009The 2009 Summer Reading Season has begun. It's official as of June 30th, 2009 when the Kinnelon Library held the yearly Ice Cream Social Summer Reading Kickoff! The Social was a blast - despite torrential rains - and we are off and reading - kids, teens and adults.

This is my daughter's and my third year participating and hats off to the program organizers!

Yes, it would had been nice for the event to have taken place outside as originally planned. However, the second floor of the Library worked really well; the crowds were enthusiastic, the ice cream [vanilla and cotton candy, I think?] from the Ice Cream Station in Pompton Lakes, NJ a major hit, and the entertainment, fantastic!

Kinnelon Ice Cream SocialThat's right, the entertainment.

For the first time, the Library invited local teen bands to perform at the Social. The two performing bands were Triphobia and Zone Zero, which opened for Triphobia. [Definitely check out Triphobia on MySpace to experience their music if you missed them at the Social.] Be sure, too, to view the photos from the event available on the Kinnelon Library Teen Blog.

Triphobia band members include:

- David Bellman on guitar
- Kevin Yapaola, vocals
- Conner Clement on bass
- Dan Elstein on guitar
- Chris Flannery on drums

Triphobia performing at Kinnelon LibraryZone Zero band members include:

- Garrison Groeshke, vocals
- Francis Caserta on bass
- Eric Stanton, lead guitar
- Adam Polick, guitar
- Sal Corollo on drums

Really cool!

Per Galina Adair, the event was a huge success, attracting many teens to hear the bands play and encouraging 135 children to sign up for the Summer Reading Program. And, if all of the kids exerted pressure on their parents to sign up [as my daughter did on me], I expect that a good number of adults signed up, too.

Parents and kids, the Summer Reading Calendar is available online [see Calendar PDF available here with activities for adults, teens and kids] in case you didn't get the copy that came in the really useful Kinnelon Summer Reading bag.

Note the Thursday evening [from 6pm to 7pm] scavenger hunts. They are really fun. We attended the first on July 9th and I learned valuable information about the Kinnelon Children's Library.

Other useful piece of information:

The Children's Library is sending out a frequent email blast to update you on what's happening for kids in the library on specific dates. There's a lot going on in July [see calendar above] and these reminders are helpful. If you didn't sign up at the Social and want to be included, call the library at (973) 838-1321 and ask for Children's. [The Library also has a Twitter account you should follow.]

[Or, let me know and I will get the information over to the right person.]

Now, let's get back to that summer reading!

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