Edmonds Kind of Play: Summer fun ahead with kid-friendly library, concert and sports options

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Edmonds Children’s Librarian Edith Farrar at her retirement party last week. (Photo by Larry Vogel)

My youngest son and I stopped by the retirement event for Edmonds Children’s Librarian, Edith Farrar, this week – of course, Larry Vogel was there and got some great pictures. We talked to Edith about our time at Reading with Rover, which was significant for our family, as we enjoyed the slideshow with a side of retirement cake. It was touching to see all of the people in attendance, as well as the display of cards Edith had been given. She would check us in to Reading with Rover, kindly finding the boys’ cards and adding another paw print stamp as the kids were saving up for the prize tote bag you get after the requisite amount of stamps. As a parent of children with “learning differences,” as I like to call them, librarians have been a true resource for me. For instance, Edith once gave me a full tour of the graphic novel section (just past the two computers in the children’s section) to tell me about the popular graphic novels that are often easier for my dyslexic child to read.

While there, we saw that it’s time for summer reading. It’s easy to sign up for the “Libraries Rock!” themed Sno-Isle Summer Reading program! You can get the kids or teens log at any of the 23 Sno-Isle locations or you can print one online at sno-isle.org/summerkids or sno-isle.org/summerteens. Readers then read and track 10 hours and use the completed logs to choose a free book of their choice. Both links also include a calendar of events and programs at the libraries throughout the summer, starting with the kick-off events at the Edmonds library.

Monday, June 25 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. is the Teen Scavenger Hunt for those 12 and up. The annual scavenger hunt starts at the library when you meet for instructions and clues. The groups of up to four people, who will need one digital camera per team, meet back at the library for refreshments and games while the top teams are determined. The top three teams will receive prizes.

On Tuesday, June 26 from 2 to 3 p.m., the Imagination Band will be at the Edmonds Library for the all-ages Summer Kickoff. They invite you to “explore the world through puppetry, a variety of musical instruments, singing and dancing.” The library promises that Matt and Helen of the Imagination Band “will engage our imaginations with original music and creative play!”

On Wednesday, June 27 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. you can enjoy Interactive African Dance and Music with Explore Summer Kickoff: Gansango! “Gansango brings African music, dance, and culture to get our Explore Summer party started!” Members of this dance troupe will “perform music and dance from various African countries” and there will be “movement and music instruction” for those interested. This event is for school-aged children. For information on any of the Explore Summer Kickoff events you can visit Sno-Isle.org or call the library at 425-771-1933.

Choroloco

While thinking of the many different free resources for entertainment during the summer in Edmonds, I was reminded it was time to share the schedule for the 2018 Hazel Miller Plaza Tuesday Concerts at the Hazel Miller Plaza, 5th Avenue at Maple Street. Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m., you can find these rain-or -shine shows to be a pretty popular spot. This year the line-up ranges from Brazilian jazz to puppets to pirate comedy.

July 17: Cascade Percussion Ensemble (Baroque to Contemporary)
July 24: Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre’s production of “Stellaluna,” based on the beloved book by Janell Cannon
July 31: Choroloco (Brazilian Jazz)
Aug 7: Cosmo’s Dream (Americana)
Aug 14: The Harmonica Pocket (Kiddie Rock)
Aug 21: The Misadventures of Cap’n ARRR (Pirate Comedy)

This is one of those events where I advise getting there a few minutes early to get a spot with a good view. There are also free summer concerts on Thursdays in the early evenings and on Sunday afternoons at City Park. For more information on any of the concerts you can click HERE!

The Foundation for Edmonds School District, through its Nourishing Network program, is offering a no cost, no registration Summer Meals Program for the District. Students ages 5 to18 can head to one of the three locations in Lynnwood, Monday through Thursday from June 25 through Aug. 23, for lunch and fun, guided educational and physical activities each day. For more information, there is a printable flier in English or Spanish, as well as information on the Summer Meals page. Merrilyn Jones, Summer Meal Program Coordinator is also available for questions or interest in supporting the program through volunteering at 425-431-7228 or email [email protected].

Summer Ball registration is now open for Pacific Little League. Summer baseball is for kids ages 5 through 12. This year, T-ball will be available for 5- and 6-year-olds and is co-ed. Summer softball will also be available through PLL for girls 7 to 13 years old; girls ages 5 to 7 have the option of T-ball. I read through the FAQ section for Summer Ball and they explain that Summer Ball is an extension of the spring season, which means it’s not a good time to play for the first time given that there are no practices, only two games a week. I know that my oldest plays a similar version of hockey after the season and it’s such a nice way for him to keep playing without the rigorous schedule and pace. For more information on Summer Ball and Summer Softball you can visit PacificLittleLeague.com/SummerBall.

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