July 15, 2016

Slugger the Sea Dog stops by to have popsicles with kids - By Stephen Signor

What do you get when you have over 60 children, 150 popsicles and Slugger the Sea Dog? Why a Popsicle party of course. Thanks to the Summer Reading Program and Windham Parks and Recreation, the gym at Windham Middle school was abuzz with smiling faces. Hosted by the Windham Public Library these little faces had no idea what to expect when asked to gather within the gymnasium. 

Despite unfavorable weather, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. they indulged an icy treat and had individual pictures taken with the infamous mascot. As he/she always does, Slugger provided signature poses and affirmed his popularity with all ages. 

Windham library director Jen Alvino explained having Slugger was a natural choice. “Aside from wanting to do something sports oriented and health oriented choosing Slugger was a natural because of the reading program’s long standing partnership with the Seadog organization. In fact, each child that signs up for the reading program receives a complimentary ticket to a home game.” Throughout summer each week the program invites guests and holds events, providing members an interesting, educational and fun way to spend their time off from school.

On Thursday there was no shortage of interest when the photo session ended and the popsicles nearly depleted. Everyone seemed to be vying for Sluggers attention. I can imagine what kinds of questions were fielded and with his usual silence, just a gesture seemed to be enough to satisfy their curiosity. It was obvious, for them, being in the moment was all that mattered, sticky fingers and all. 

For more information on the reading program and its events, visit www.windham.lib.me.us/

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