Alcona library to host end of summer event

HARRISVILLE – The Harrisville branch of Alcona County Library is celebrating the end of summer with its annual storytime picnic “Bug Day” on Friday at 10:30 a.m.

The theme will be “Ants and Friends,” fitting for an outdoor picnic.

“We like to celebrate different things. We have a frog day and a Hawaii day. We celebrate things of interest to the children. Bugs are very interesting so they are able to hear a story about bugs,” Library Director Carol Luck said.

Each year one or two bug-themed stories are selected to be read.

“(The children) will go search for bugs, listen to bug stories and do an activity or craft. Afterwards there will be a picnic to celebrate the end of summer,” Luck said.

Bug Day is not just for the kids, according to Luck. All locals are welcome to attend.

“A lot of our patrons are summer people and we are able to let them know how much we have appreciated seeing them and working with them in the summertime,” she said.

Bug Day is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and includes the picnic lunch. The lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. and is open to all library visitors. The menu includes hot dogs, chips and beverages, “easy stuff,” Luck said.

“It’s just a fun way to end the summer and, unfortunately, say goodbye to our summer people,” she said.

While saying goodbye to summer residents, the library also says its goodbyes to the kids from the summer reading program.

“The kids are back in school the next week so all the kids here for the summer programs we won’t see again until next year’s program,” Luck said.

While all needed supplies will be provided, Luck encourages families to bring containers for the bugs and insects that they wish to observe.

For more information contact the library at 724-6796.

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