I’d like to apologize to Dr. Rob Winningham for misspelling his first name in last week’s MI Town story about the Monmouth Senior Center. Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa and sorry about that, Dr. Winningham. My high school and college journalism teachers are no doubt shaking their angel heads in dismay for this inexcusable faux pas.

We’re knee deep in summer, with high school and college graduations in the rearview mirror. The streets and roads in MI Town have been alive with U-Haul trucks, parents loading up cars, and students heading back home for the summer. We’ll miss our student residents who bring lots of youthful enthusiasm, laughter and energy to our communities, and say goodbye to those who are graduating and heading off in different directions – to jobs, graduate school, the military and to their futures, which we hope will be bright.

Both of our excellent libraries have so many things to offer for summertime fun. Independence Library’s summer reading program began Friday and readers of all ages are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. The Mystery Book Club is in full swing, and next month’s book selection is “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie,” by Alan Bradley. For more information on either or both programs, please check the library’s web page or call 503-838-1811.

The Monmouth Library’s summer reading program began Tuesday, and volunteers will be signing up readers of all ages all week long. Readers are welcome to sign up anytime the library is open. If you have any questions, please call the library at 503-838-1932.

And while we’re on the subject — don’t forget that Wednesday evening is Family Literacy Night at Burgerville. Families are encouraged to bring their children for free books, free ice cream cones for children, $2 off kids’ meals, and an opportunity to enjoy a fun evening. The hours are from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This outstanding program is sponsored by Independence and Monmouth Public Libraries, Mid-Valley Parenting, and Western Oregon University.

We’re looking ahead to yet another summer of outstanding outdoor programs at MI Town’s amphitheaters. Get your picnic blanket and basket together so you’re ready for the first free outdoor movie in Independence on July 1, when “Jurassic World” will be playing. Movies are free and begin at 9:30 p.m. Check the website for details on more movies during the summer.

Monmouth’s new amphitheater’s summer concerts begin on July 6 with The Ben Rice Blues Band. The music begins at 6:30 p.m., but everyone is invited to bring picnic baskets and enjoy an evening with friends and family.

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