Submitted by Tammy Eustis, Killingworth Library Association
It was Crocs versus Gators on a hot and humid Saturday morning as Killingworth Library hosted its first model boat race for children on August 6, 2022. Fanning technique and decorating style came into play as both the Gators and Crocs battled the occasional strong breeze pushing their boats backward, with the Gators narrowly clinching the win.
The final race (shown above) was between Brainerd Library’s “Tuba Kelly” and Killingworth Library’s “Mrs. Fig,” with the winner being . . . (let’s just say it was a classic photo finish, check the Killingworth Library Facebook page for the result).
The boat races celebrated the close of our summer Pirates Ahoy program and provided participants with an opportunity to demonstrate both their good sportsmanship and creativity in decorating their boats. We salute all of our participants for also demonstrating kindness and teamwork throughout the event! We also wish to thank Jim McDonald and Beth Fair for generously donating their time to be our race referees.
The Pirates Ahoy program was made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Connecticut State Library. The model boat races were funded in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, in cooperation with the Peach Pit Foundation. CFMC and the Peach Pit Foundation also funded our Candyland kickoff, the Mystic Aquarium event, the purchase of a Cricut machine to kick-start our new makerspace programming, and our summer reading giveaway prizes.
Killingworth Library wishes to express its gratitude for the funding that made these events possible! We would also like to thank the performers and presenters, and especially the 500+ participants who made our summer a fabulous success!
Fall programming will start soon, with the return of Dungeons & Dragons, a Minecraft Club, more crafting and stories, and hands-on, sing-along fun for the youngest ones. For details, please visit our Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as our website: killingworthlibrary.org.
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month
Libraries around the country, in partnership with the American Library Association, celebrate the beginning of every school year by encouraging residents to get a library card. In the 2021-2022 fiscal year, Killingworth Library added 211 new resident cardholders!
What can you get with your Killingworth Library card?
—Access to our collection of 25,000+ books; 5,000+ audio-visual materials; magazines, puzzles, and games – plus the ability to request items and manage your library account through the Bibliomation consortium. And don’t forget the museum passes that offer discounts to local attractions.
—Downloadable e-content from OverDrive and Hoopla, including ebooks, eaudios, movies, TV shows, comics, music and magazines.
—Access to informational, educational, and fun databases (all available on our website): BookFlix (read-alongs for children), Consumer Reports Online, Mango Languages, JobNow and Cypress Resume, Nuwave Legal Documents, and researchIT CT (State-funded free access to databases covering everything from health, business and law to history, genealogy and student resources).
Register for a library card – in September or any other month – by visiting the library, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Then start exploring all the benefits!
Photo by Laurie Prichard, Killingworth Library Director