The new school year is lurking just over the horizon and it's now time for parents to haul their resident rug rats out of swimming pools and off baseball diamonds for a back to school shopping safari.
However, before the cash register rings, signaling those first purchases of pens, pencils, crayons, tablets and other sundry academic supplies and accouterments as well as that first day ensemble, there is time for one last summer hurrah as the River Valley librarians and bookish bunch present Jesse Rodby with the accolades as their August Reader of the Month.
During the past school term, Jesse spent a considerable amount of time soaking up all the academic headwork passed his way in the third class classroom at RV Elementary.
This August reader notes that Social Studies held in there as his top subject throughout the past two semesters.
He also avers that Susan Reinking had no trouble scoring straight "A's: as his favorite academic-type person.
As a reward for all that diligence in his studies, Jesse will be holding down a new desk in the fourth grade classroom when the new school term kicks in later this month.
As far as Jesse is concerned, his school's library provides a cool hangout for the discerning reader.
He is a visitor to that location on a regular basis, attracted no doubt, by all those great books waiting on the shelves.
He's also always johnny-on-the-spot for any storytime session, his favorite library activity.
Although he's only 10 years old, Jesse knows that good reading habits are necessary for a fellow's education.
"Reading is important because it helps me learn about all types of things!" he says.
As far as his own preferred reading list is concerned, Jesse never passes up an opportunity to peruse a book about trains or animals, his two favorite subjects.
Jesse says that he has been having a great summer and hates to see it end. He's been spending a lot of time swimming, riding his bike and enjoying his sandpile.
When it comes to future plans, this reader has an eye on the horizon and a foot in the fast lane.
He hopes to become an over-the-road truck driver like his dad some day.
Until he cranks his Kenworth up for that first load of freight for the west coast, however, Jesse Rodby will be doing a lot of hanging out at his home on Highway 31 in Washta, a location he shares with his parents...Todd and Kari. his kid brother eight-year-old Garrett, two cats named Silver and Boots, a couple of goldfish and Abigail and Ruby, the Rodby family rovers.