'Touch a Truck' kicks off summer reading program

Becky Vargo • Jun 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Sirens and horns blared as children explored heavy-duty vehicles during the “Touch a Truck” event Monday morning at Loutit District Library.

Public works vehicles, a fire truck, ambulance, Harbor Transit trolley and a school bus were among the vehicles featured in the annual event used to kick off the summer reading program, according to Library Director John Martin.

This was the first year for the trolley, said Martin, as children pulled the string and clanged the bell.

The program helps familiarize children with the big vehicles so they are not scared or intimidated when coming in contact with one of them, Martin said.

A Meet Up & Eat Up event followed across the street from the library at Grand Haven’s Central Park. The USDA program, run by the Ottawa County Department of Public Health, provides food for children younger than 18 at various locations throughout the summer.

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