Editor’s note: This is a new weekly column that Audrey Clark, who works at the Fincastle Library, will author. Every week, the column will provide readers with insight into the happenings of the four county libraries.

When I was a child, the Botetourt County Libraries’ Summer Reading Program was one of the things I’d look most forward to each summer. Being slightly competitive, I’d beg my mother to take me to pick up a reading log as soon as possible, then I’d make a bee-line toward the children’s nonfiction section where I’d load up on books about things like dogs, science, nature, and how to host the perfect slumber party.

There were weekly events back then, too. In the days before the Fincastle Library’s meeting room was built, we’d meet Ms. Jackie across the street at the Masonic Lodge. The programs hosted there were led by volunteers, from storytellers to musicians to magicians. My favorite was a clown who made balloon animals. He sent me home with a little green Dachshund that I cherished for much longer than you’d expect such a thing to last.

The Summer Reading Program has changed a bit throughout the years, but much has…



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