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By Shirley Dubbs

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Summertime is here and the children are out of the classroom and enjoying the extra sleep time in the mornings. But it never takes long until young minds are wondering what to do next. There is plenty of activity on the ball diamonds and the weather is inviting for biking. But, without the scheduled pattern of school attendance and classroom work, lots of youngsters start looking for ”something to do.” The community is providing that avenue to new experiences with a relaxed summer attitude.

The New Madison United Methodist Church Bible School is underway and will continue all week from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. If you missed the first day, you can still be a part of the fun by registering at the church. There will be lessons, music and crafts to enjoy with a snack in between! Bring the children to share in this traditional summer event.

Children in the community can also find lots to stir the imagination and spur creativity by visiting the New Madison Public Library. There are great books and the Summer Reading Program is underway. Last week there were planes floating through the library as the paper airplane contest took place. Then the youngsters learned about having a green thumb! They worked with library personnel and did some planting.

Tuesday will bring Boonshoft back to New Madison! This was a very popular visit last year. This time it is star maps. The program is planned from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Back to the Future remains a favorite movie and will be shown Monday, June 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. Next month will bring warmer days but also lots of fun as the library has scheduled “Make Me A Robot” on July 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. Jump in and join “Hands on Science” on July 7 at 5 p.m. and the much awaited Teen Zombie Zone at 5 p.m. on July 10. “Zombies” must be at least age 13! Wildlife Encounters will be featured on July 14 when Brukner Nature Center takes the kids into exciting adventures at 1:30. A visit from a mad scientist is scheduled on July 21 at 6 p.m. and that can also be an exciting adventure! The summer program wraps up with a cook out at the Splash Down event set for 2 p.m. on July 31.

There is enough happening to make summer flow along without that dreaded word: “boredom!”

And for those younger library enthusiasts there are two more storytime sessions. Enjoy the story and the fun on June 23 and July 28. Both are scheduled from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Older children enjoy the Lego Club at 3 p.m. on the third Thursday.

When Grandma asks how you are spending the summer, you can say “at the library!”

Also centering around children are two neighboring lunch programs. The Hollansburg program is into its fourth year. Hot meals are provided at noon on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Hollansburg community center. The New Madison Public Library is continuing to support the program by providing story time and a craft session every Wednesday. The New Madison United Methodist Church is providing a brown bag lunch this summer. This new approach to providing a meal will begin June 24. The program is planned at Drew Park on Fayette Street from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with lunch served at noon. Lunches will continue through July 29 and all ages are invited. The New Madison Public Library also will work with this program. If it rains, lunch will be served at the church.

And, we can’t forget the July 4th celebration right here in our own backyards. We are all kids at heart when those fireworks explode into ribbons of color in the sky.

The Fort Black Masonic Temple is getting set for its annual pancake breakfast to open the town events. You can enjoy pancakes and sausage from 7 to 11 a.m. And its all you can eat! The Tri-Village Junior High cheerleaders will again be helping to refill those plates and glasses. In turn, the Masons will help with the cheerleading expenses.

Enjoy the summer activities.

Shirley Dubbs is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her New Madison column. She can be reached at psdubbs@embarqmail.com. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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