EWML patrons still have time to ‘Read Beyond the Beaten Path’

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Edith Wheeler Memorial Library is at 733 Monroe Turnpike.

MONROE, CT — Townspeople of all ages still have time to sign up for Edith Wheeler Memorial Library’s summer mission to “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” with a chance to win prizes. The summer reading program ends on Aug. 19.

“It’s for all ages,” Director Nicole Cignoli said.

Visit the library website to create your ReadSquared account. Families may choose to register separately or as a family with one parent account. In your account, click on the Missions tab, “15 Mission Challenge” to see the activities and begin to complete your mission.

Each completed mission will result in one entry to win a weekly prize of a gift card to a local business. Everyone who completes at least one challenge will be eligible for the grand prize gift cards.

Activities must be completed and recorded by Aug. 19, though reading for school can still be logged.

“Read Beyond the Beaten Path” is sponsored by Newtown Savings Bank.

Museum passes

Edith Wheeler Memorial Library has a Museum Passes program giving residents the opportunity to reserve passes for discounted or free admission to nearby institutions for a specified number of people. The program is sponsored by Friends of the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library.

Passes are loaned for three days except for Beardsley Zoo, Discovery Museum, EverWonder Museum and Stepping Stones, which are loaned for one day with no renewals. There is an overdue charge of $10 per day.

Passes are first come, first served. To reserve a pass, call the circulation desk at 203-452-2850, ext. 5.

Patrons must be age 18 or older and a Monroe resident or a member of Friends of the Library to participate.

A garden swap

Packets of sees for vegetables are among the free items on the garden swap table by Edith Wheeler Memorial Library’s main entrance.

Cignoli said the library’s new Garden Exchange program, in which people take and leave gardening supplies on a table by the library’s main entrance, is getting a steady traffic this summer.

“It’s open to all ages, including young gardeners with their parents, who are looking to get started with free material,” she said. “It just happened this summer. I probably had 20 people doing a leave one, take one. It’s a swap.”

On Friday, the table had packets of seeds, a tray of perennials and a watering pot.

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