The Summer Reading Program at the Fanwood Memorial Library began with a book-signing by author 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi.
Dozens gathered on the front lawn as the star skater read passages from her two new New York Time's Bestselling childrens books, DREAM BIG, LITTLE PIG! and IT’S A BIG WORLD, LITTLE PIG!
"As an athlete, artist, author, wife, mother and philanthropist, Kristi embodies the word champion," Fanwood Childrens Librarian, Susan Staub said. "Her motto is "Always Dream," and Kristi's accomplishments prove that dreams can come true with hard work and dedication."
Following her victory at the 1992 Winter Olympics, Yamaguchi founded the Always Dream Foundation to support the lives of children through educational and recreational initiatives. For almost 20 years, she has championed the work of the foundation, continuing to inspire children and supporting the local community.
The Summer Reading Program at the Library will continue with more special celebrations on Monday nights at 7 p.m.
June 25 – Summer Reading Club Begins with Character Greetings, photo-ops and Bedtime Snacks as all are welcome to begin a Summer Reading Log.
July 2 – “The Bats of New Jersey” – Bat expert and Biologist MacKenzie Hall of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey will give a colorful slideshow talk, auction a bat house, and demonstrate how to find night-flying bats using an acoustic detector.
July 9 – Traveling Lantern Theatre Company presents Peter Pan.
July 16 – Full Effect Productions presents “Dreams, Books & Magic”
July 23 - “Jedi Academy” Family Fun Show. All are invited to learn the ways of the Jedi with Panniken Moonjumper, a true Master of Intergalactic fun and adventure. Kids encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Star Wars character.
July 30 - Enjoy, Explore India presents “Raakshas Bhaakshas” – Do you know the story of the little Indian boy who beat a giant and married the princess? Come and listen to the captivating folk tale then create a mask of a monstrous giant.
August 6 – Alien Convention – Closing Games & Party. Come dressed as an alien or intergalactic traveler.