I can dig it


To the editor,


A hearty congratulations to all involved in the recently concluded Dillon Library “Dig Into Reading” Summer Program.  What a remarkable accomplishment by Ms. Marie Habener and all her staff and volunteers who created innovative and challenging experiences to keep children of all ages engaged in reading and learning throughout the dog days of summer.

 Toddlers and preschoolers listened to engaging stories, young adolescents practiced and honed their ‘read out loud’ skills, while pre-teens and teens alike delved into the magical world of reading where anything and everything is possible!

 Each week a new presentation provided an array of multi-disciplinary offerings to engage and inspire the attendees and reinforce their commitment to not just learn, but to vividly experience, engage, and to read more about it.  They created dirt art using and identifying an array of different local soils; planted seeds; delved into the world of rocks and minerals (agates and crystals and cherts...oh my!); and investigated local burrowing creatures and the roles they play in our neighboring fields.  The program’s Grand Finale hosted more than 100 toddlers, grade school children, teens, and parents who gathered to celebrate reading accomplishments with a healthy dose of fun. 

 The value of this program, this library and its’ committed staff is often unheralded, woefully underappreciated, and frequently challenged in regards to consistent and reliable funding from city coffers. 

 We would do well to heed the words of philanthropist Andrew Carnegie: “A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.”

 We are blessed in this community to have a library that exemplifies Carnegie’s vision. 


Katherine Buckley-Patton