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Local heroes kick off summer reading program

Samantha Lewakowski • Jun 14, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Loutit District Library kicked off its summer reading program for kids in a unique way Monday morning — with a truck petting zoo.

The event allowed children and their families to see, touch and play on local service vehicles.

Vehicles in the Grand Haven library’s parking lot included an EMS ambulance unit, Grand Haven school bus, police car, U.S. Coast Guard rescue boat, dump trucks, an Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department patrol boat and a fire truck with its ladder extended.

Library Director John Martin said this event started on a whim.

“This is our fourth year using this event as our kickoff to summer,” he said. “We wanted to generate publicity of our summer reading program and introduce kids to vehicles they see around town. By them being able to play around on the safety vehicles, it eases their possible fear and makes it easier to approach them if they ever need help.

“Not to mention (that) boys just like big trucks,” Martin added.

See more photos from the truck petting zoo at the Tribune photo gallery.

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