Kids' costume parade winds down Hope, Thames


A mad scientist banged a bass drum while mythical creatures blared their horns, a princess hula-hooped and a robot waddled behind.

The summer long Science Carnival at Rogers Free Library came to an end Friday morning with a children's costume parade along Hope and Thames streets. Dozens of kids and their parents — led by a collection of musicians playing trumpets, trombones and drums, and accompanied by Bristol Police officers blocking traffic — marched from the library on Hope Street, down State Street and up Thames Street to the back parking lot of the library. There, the kids enjoyed hula-hoop dancing, refreshments and a bubble science show, "Bubble Mania," by artist and scientist Casey Carle.

The event was the culmination of the library's summer reading program, "Fizz! Boom! Read!," which had a science theme this year. Nearly 300 children took part in the program this year, most of whom read at least two books, according to Children's Librarian Brenda Geremia. The kids also completed science-based activities, including a nature walk, Lego construction and insect identification. Those who completed at least nine such science lessons earned a prize. The children also took home books for themselves.

"We gave away 800 books that had been donated to the library by families and dealers," Ms. Geremia said. "I'm really proud of that … they go right back to the families."

While summer is winding down, activities at the library continue. Fall story time sessions begins Sept. 15. Two- and three-year-olds are invited with their parents for a story on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Children's Room through Oct. 30. Four- and five-year-olds are welcome Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Lego and chess classes begin soon as foo read aloud and reader tutoring sessions. Visit the library's website at for more information.


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