Montgomery Area Public Library Summer Reading Program
MONTGOMERY – The Montgomery Area Public Library’s regular scheduled time for the Summer Reading Program occurs every Wednesday at 2 PM. Susan Thomas is the Montgomery Library Director, and Cynthia Bryan is the Assistant Librarian. The theme for all libraries in the county is Dream Big- Read. Last week a craft was offered, and according to Thomas, they usually have volunteers.
Thomas introduced the June 20 featured reader, Andrew Forsythe, of Montgomery, after the school age children had gathered around the table in the back room. Forsythe was a high school science teacher at Meadowbrook Christian, but will be relocating to South Dakota at the end of the month. He told the children he had lived on a reservation in South Dakota when he was younger.
Forsythe’s topic was Native American Stories. In addition to teaching, he has a part time business called ‘Sioux Specialties’. He said it keeps him busy creating his craft and recreating raptor feathers. He said, “It is illegal to own real eagle, hawk, and owl feathers, unless you are of Native American descent.” Forsythe brought a display of his hand-crafted feathers to show the school age children who attended the reading hour.
Thomas is excited about the summer reading program. She announced that August 8 at 4 p.m. is Zoo America, with live animals. All the county libraries will be featuring Zoo America at different times. This special event is the only week that the reading program occurs on a different day. Thomas reiterated that the regular time for the Montgomery Area Public Library’s Reading Program is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. The library was founded in 1911, and as of 1926, has been located at the former National Bank building on Main Street.