BUCKSPORT – It’s said that books train your imagination to think big. That is what Downtown Bucksport is encouraging children to do with their Kids on Main program.
“Reading of course is very important to children,” Ron Russel said, a Volunteer with Main Street Bucksport. “As Bob said when he introduced the book today it opens up all new places and worlds and they can be in more than one place at once.”
For children nine and under, Kids on Main is a weekly story time event. Volunteers read stories to children while they enjoy some free ice cream every Saturday.
Books are also given to the kids to encourage them to continue reading.
“I do think it leads to more creativity on their part as opposed to just watching something on a screen, they can kinda have the story come to life in their minds as well,” one mother, Amanda Marean, said.
Saturday marked the first event of this summer. It is the second year this event has been put on and Russel said last year around 400 children attended.
“We’re off to a good start today, there’s a number of kids and we had a volunteer reader,” Russel said.
Christina Abbott, a mother, said, “it’s just fun, it’s a good fun place to come and have ice cream.”
Another mother said it’s a nice event to get together as a community.
“It helps them be social and get to make new friends and learn new things, you know, and I think that’s really good,” Brittany Halloway said.
Some kids even find their favorite reads.
“My favorite favorite favorite favorite is this book,” said Brittany Halloway’s son, Liam, as he held up an ice cream book.