2016-06-17 / Community

Community News

White Columns plans summer children’s story hour

The Kennebunkport Historical Society will sponsor a children’s story hour during June, July and August at White Columns, the society’s museum house at 8 Maine St. in Kennebunkport.

The readings will begin on Saturday, June 18, from 2 to 3 p.m. As a special guest reader, Mrs. Claus will read to the children on that date. It is not widely known, but Santa and Mrs. Claus spend a week in the Caribbean at this time of year. Santa has gone on ahead, and Mrs. Claus is stopping here to read.

Subsequent story hours will be held on Wednesdays, from 2 to 3 p.m. at White Columns. The story hours are free and open to all children ages 4 to 10 years, and we will have various guest readers throughout the summer.

Fox News’ Hunt is scheduled to be June AFIO speaker

Fox News network analyst Col. David Hunt, U.S. Army (ret.) will be the featured speaker at the June 18 meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers Maine Chapter.

Hunt will provide a current update on terrorism developments worldwide and discuss the impact of the news media on our perceptions of terrorism. The meeting, open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. at the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk.

Hunt, a Scarborough resident, served for 29 years in military intelligence, special operations and counter terrorism. His duties spanned assignments from leadership of a detachment of 12 Special Forces soldiers to command of a brigade of more than 1,000 personnel.

His Army career included service as the chief tactical advisor for national intelligence in Bosnia, as the facilitator of a $350 million national security program for the CIA and National Security Agency, and as counter terrorism coordinator for the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.

He received his master’s degree in English from Norwich University and later graduated from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

He has lectured at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and several other high profile agencies, as well as state and local police officials. Bill O’Reilly of the “O’Reilly Factor” called David Hunt the “Best Military Analyst in the Business” and Fox’s “Go to Guy on the War.”

On Your Mark, Get Set… READ! at Kennebunk Free Library

With the Olympics scheduled in August, Kennebunk Free Library will focus on getting active with this summer’s programming theme, “On Your Mark, Get Set … READ!” Events will be held throughout the summer, including magician Norman Ng, a visit from members of a Maine Roller Derby team and baseball writer Carl Johnson.

Registration for the children’s Summer Reading Program begins on Tuesday, June 21. Every child who enters will receive a voucher for a Sea Dogs ticket. Children entering grade 5 and younger will receive an Olympic Ring Activity sheet and a Bedtime Math Star Chart at registration. By completing four of the seven activities listed within each Olympic Ring, children can earn a prize. In addition to reading, activities include singing songs, drawing stories, and attending library programs.

Research has long shown that children need to continue reading over the summer so they don’t lose the skills they’ve gained during the school year. New research is showing that math skills are also subject to “summer slide.”

For that reason, Kennebunk Free Library is incorporating the Bedtime Math program into its summer reading program.

Bedtime Math offers a daily math challenge via its website and downloadable app, at bedtimemath.org. Three challenge levels, from simple counting to multiplication, are offered. These are not math drills; the topics are fun and funny. Recent topics include reasons to eat ice cream, questions about doughnuts and cookouts, and wind speeds on Mount Washington. There is no login, no scorekeeping and the answers are given.

Researchers from the University of Chicago found that children who completed Bedtime Math challenges just once a week improved their math skills. Children of math-phobic parents had the greatest gains.

“Children who keep their minds active during the summer will enter school in the fall ready to learn and succeed,” said Youth Services Librarian, Bernie Alie. “We’ve long known the value of keeping children reading over the summer months. This year, we’re excited to branch beyond the typical reading program, and include other activities including music, art and math.”

Events in the Children’s Room of the Kennebunk Free Library are free and wheelchair accessible. Some programs will require pre-registration.

For more information, call 985-2173 or visit www.KennebunkLibrary.org.

Sea Road School, Brick Store Museum team up for project

Sea Road School and the Brick Store Museum are pleased to announce a partnership for learning that has resulted in two field trips to include all Sea Road students this year. Kennebunk’s Brick Store Museum is offering these programs free of charge thanks to the generous donations provided by members and friends.

In the fall, fourth-grade students learned more about the history of the local economy through photographs and exhibits to extend their classroom understanding of the Maine economy.

This spring, fifth-graders will participate in a walking tour and simulation to understand Kennebunk’s role in the various stages of the Industrial Revolution.

Fifth-grade teachers worked closely with museum staffers Leanne Hayden, Cynthia Walker, and educational programming assistant Liz Williams to design programs that would support learning standards while also connecting students to local history.

Christ Church to host ice cream social on July 2

On Saturday, July 2, Christ Church in Kennebunk will present a concert of patriotic music along with a make-your-own ice cream sundae bar. The concert begins at 3 p.m.

Christ Church Music Director Maestro Warren King has gathered musicians and singers in the area to perform a varied program of patriotic music, with opportunities to sing along.

Performing with King will be piccolo virtuoso Diana McNulty, professional reeds musician John Kupp and vocalists John Manzo and Owen and Schuyler White, as well as Christ Church Cabinet Chair and member of Seaglass Chorale, Beverly Heald.

For more information, visit www.christchurchkennebunk.org, or call or visit the office at 6 Dane St. (985-4494).

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