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Summer reading has wrapped up and school is looming nearer everyday. This is the last week for the pool to be open in our little town. The kids will have to find somewhere else to spend their time until school starts up on the 27th. Summer school started last week and enrollment was held. There is no escaping the fact that we will be back in full swing before too long.

This is the sunflower for the painting party....

This is the sunflower for the painting party….

Children’s programming at the library won’t start back up for a few months. Right now, since summer reading has ended, the library has been hosting a few new programs for adults. Last Saturday there was a painting party. A teacher was brought in, and she taught anyone who was interested how to paint a sunflower. I was really looking forward to this class. I’ve never had the pleasure of taking an art class or painting a thing (closest I got was dating an art major for a few years in college). Unfortunately, I was struck with a horrible flu and had to miss it. I’m hoping they will have this class again. I would really like to take it.

This Saturday the library is hosting a women’s self-defense class. It will be held in the morning and since I’ve never taken one of these I plan on attending, barring any vomit-inducing bug.

On the 21st there will be a Pinterest party. I’ve never attended one of these, but they seem to be very popular. A craft or recipe is selected from Pinterest. The library provides all the materials, you just have to show up. You often pay a fee of $10-$20 to cover the cost of supplies. Then everyone works on the project. Many people rave about this class and round-up babysitters for Pinterest evening every month. Actually, I think the library provides child care from time to time as well.

At the end of the month the adult summer reading program wraps up. We have to make sure we have all our tic-tac-toe sheets in so we are eligible for the prize drawings.

And so, our summer begins its descent with the end of children’s programming at the library and the closing of swimming pools across the midwest. My four-year old continues to question his bed time, and it will only become more difficult the closer he gets to starting preschool.

“It’s a cruel season that makes you get ready for bed while it’s light out.” ~Bill Watterson

Isn’t that the truth. And yet, there is often an undercurrent of excitement as the school year kicks off. I tell you what, a week or two without a pool and no where to go and the kids will be begging for those school doors to open. It happens every year. Now the teachers, that may be a different story…