Area kids got a special visit Thursday from the Stephenville fire and police departments when the Stephenville Public Library kicked off its first summer reading program.

“We’re just happy to be involved again with the library. We’ve done this every year for six or seven years and it’s just a good program,” said Sgt. Sha King. “We get to meet the kids and it’s a great way to start off the summer reading program. It’s beneficial for the kids because we teach them when to call 911 and it’s a good way for them to get to know us and for us to get to know them.”

The event was not only fun, but educational, teaching kids how to stop, drop and roll; what information to give fire and police personnel when calling 911; and an inside look at a fire truck and police cruiser.

“The police and fire departments are beneficial for the kids because they teach valuable safety lessons while being entertaining,” said library director Mary Meredith. “I especially like when Sgt. King talks about stranger danger. They get lots of laughs, but are teaching important life skills as well. And I love seeing all the kids in their red fire hats checking out the fire truck and police car. Some of the kids hold their ears when the sirens turn on, but you can tell they love it by the grins on their faces.”

There are still spots available for the library’s Magic and Juggling with Jim Kirby event taking place at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 15. To reserve a spot call the library at 254-918-1240.