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Kick Off Summer at the Library

The school year ended yesterday for kindergarten through eighth grade, but there's still plenty to do to keep children entertained and busy mentally. The Weston Public Library is hosting a range of activities to fill the long hot days of summer.

Arts and crafts with "Miss Joy" Beckwith is returning for another year. From handmade pillows, to decorative masks to placemats and funny hats, children ages 4 to 6 will get to bring their creations home to show their families. The program runs on Wednesdays (July 7, 14, 21, 28) at 4 p.m., which Miss Joy says is a perfect time for many families. "Dad is not home yet, it's too early to start dinner and the kids are driving you crazy right out of camp," she said. No matter how their artwork turns out, he children have fun making it. "Sometimes it doesn't come out the way you want and sometimes it's marvelous," she said. Any child who signs up must be able to commit to three of the dates.

For children 7 to 9 there is a more advanced art program called Handicrafts. It will be held Wednesdays at 4 on Aug. 4, 11 and 18. Sign-ups must commit to two dates.

Bring a bag lunch and blanket to the Community Room every other Tuesday for Lunch Bunch. From noon to 1 p.m. on July 6, and 20 and Aug. 3 and 12, children 2 and older can enjoy stories, songs, movies and prizes while munching on their lunches.

Miss Joy's discussion group meets to chat about this year's Nutmeg Book Award nominees on Tuesday, July 6, 13, 20, and 27 and Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 4. You must enroll to be a part of this program.

The themed summer reading program "Chews a Good Book: The Great Gumball Challenge" encourages kids by offering prizes for every four books read.

All programs, besides Lunch Brunch, require pre-registration at the library. No telephone registrations will be accepted.

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