Who knew we'd have the wettest summer (June -- August) on record (per Ron Demers, KTIV 4) and record local flooding the same year our summer library program was "Make a Splash -- Read!" Even so, we had a splash-tastic time with this theme.
First to make a splash at our library program on Monday, July 19, was Ginger Walker. She arrived with a kayak, raccoon, otter and beaver skins, animal bones, and shells. These were all items we could find on the riverbanks as we kayak down the river. We all got to sit in the kayak and pretend we were exploring the Little Sioux River.
On Tuesday, John Grosvenor and his son Calvin washed ashore from their fishing expeditions to visit our library. John is a fishing guide up at Lake Okoboji. They brought all sorts of lures in their tackle box, as well as rods and reels. John explained that his job is to make sure that his clients always catch fish while on an expedition. Therefore, he knows all the good fishing spots at the Iowa Great Lakes.
Our local KTIV Channel 4 meteorologist Ron Demers and his son Patrick visited us on Wednesday. Ron described his typical day as a weatherman. We also learned about storm safety measures, and how information is gathered from weather balloons to forecast the weather. Ron gave us all an opportunity to ask questions about the weather. The kids and adults came up with some very interesting questions for Ron.
On Thursday, our library group went down the street to meet at the Quimby Fire Station. Fire Chief Willie Allbaugh gave us the grand tour of the fire station. Chief Allbaugh told us the history of the Quimby Fire Department, which was started with volunteers in 1922. We also learned the requirements that each firefighter needs to meet in order to be certified. A big thrill for us all that night was seeing the fire equipment up close, and hearing the siren go off just for us.
Many thanks to everyone who made our programs so interesting: Ginger Walker, John and Calvin Grosvenor, Ron and Patrick Demers, and Willie Allbaugh. I want to also thank my right-hand helpers, Mary and Katie Foley.
I've added to our Young Adult section this summer; we have the following book series: Percy Jackson, Dirty Little Liars, Main Street, Warriors, and The Immortals. I've also just added The Search by Nora Roberts, Making Rounds with Oscar by Dr. David Dosa, The Last Time I Saw You by Elizabeth Berg, and Dangerous by Diana Palmer and many more. Stop in and take a look for yourself.
Until next time, keep on reading.