Lee-Whedon kicks off summer reading challenge with petting zoo and many games

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 July 2023 at 3:04 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Cadence Marciano, 4, of Medina picks a rubber duck from the duck pond during a kickoff celebration for Lee-Whedon Memorial Library’s summer reading challenge.

Patricia Mumau, right, is the children’s librarian. She said there are many activities the next six weeks at the library.

“We have a lot of things going on for kids from age 0 to 16,” she said. “It should be awesome.”

There will be four outdoor movie nights at the library including one tonight at dusk with Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Water and popcorn will be provided.

Other movie nights include Beauty and the Beast on July 14, Wonder on Aug. 4 and Paddington 2 on Aug. 18.

Sophia DeMarco 6, of Medina holds an iguana outside Lee-Whedon today during the kickoff celebration for the summer reading challenge. This year the theme is “All Together Now.”

2 X 2 Petting Zone from Macedon brought many creatures for the petting zoo, including a ferret, hedgehogs, Guinea pigs, a bearded dragon, a tortoise, mourning doves, a California kingsnake and other animals.

Byron Hill, 7, of Medina holds a tortoise. He was among about 150 kids at the kickoff event today with the petting zoo.

Samantha Covis, the library’s assistant director, makes cotton candy.

Tucker Damey, 4, of Medina, left, and Joshua Hill, 2, of Medina have fun with Guinea pigs.

Lee-Whedon will host many activities through Aug. 18 to welcome children to the library, including story hours, arts and crafts, a butterfly exhibit, Dungeons & Dragons games, painting the sidewalk, a visit from Hawk Creek Wildlife, yoga for teens and many other programs.

Click here for the Lee-Whedon website and the full calendar for the summer reading challenge.