All those Easter treats have been polished off, the grass is slowly turning green and the farmers are finding their way into the fields...all signs of the new season.
Before you start counting the days until summer vacation, however, there's time to join the book wranglers down Quimby way in a seasonal celebration as they give three cheers and an enthusiastic spring salvo for Ethan Bruning, the recipient of the mantle as the Quimby Library's April Reader of the Month.
For the past several months, this 12-year-old reader has been hitting the old textbooks at his desk in the sixth grade classroom at River Valley Elementary.
Being a physical sort of guy, it will be come as no surprise to discover that Phys. Ed. is Ethan's subject of choice this school term.
He also places Mr. Bezoni at the top of the honor roll when it comes time to grade his favorite teachers.
Ethan is a familiar visitor to both the Quimby and RV Elementary libraries.
He's even been known to drop in at the Washta library on occasion.
The frequencies of all these trips to the libraries are motivated by Ethan's belief in the importance that literature holds in a young person's life.
"Reading is very important because you can gain a lot of knowledge from the non-fiction books," he says. "And reading fiction books can help you develop a real good imagination!"
Ethan admits that the path to his becoming a power peruser has been a rocky one.
"When I was younger," he noted. "All I wanted to do was play video games."
"Thanks to my Aunt Linda and grandma Judy, I began reading a whole lot and soon kicked my bad video game habit."
When it comes to his own preferred reading list, Ethan is known as a reader who enjoys a wide variety of books.
He particularly likes mysteries and crime stories and anything penned by Carl Hiasen, his author of choice.
He is also known to be a bit of sportsfan who will crack the covers on any good sports tale.
Whenever he's suffering from the throes of homework burnout, Ethan restores the brain drain by participating in one of his many freetime activities of choice.
He enjoys playing both baseball and basketball, building model cars, target shooting at the shooting range and playing with his dogs...Axel, the German Shepherd and Cujo, the St. Bernard.
Even though he's still a few years short of high school, Ethan is even now starting to make some future plans.
He would enjoy nothing better than going the patriot route some day by joining the military.
Ethan Bruning currently resides over on Sanford Street in Washta.
His parents are Rachel Goettsch and Jeremy Bruning.
He also has three siblings...one-year-old Jake, two-year-old Lacey and four-year-old Spencer.