Summer is officially here, which means the Stephenville Public Library has kicked off its Summer Reading Program with several fun events scheduled throughout the next couple of months, and the first took place Thursday with a safety presentation by the local fire and police departments.

“The kids always enjoy the presentation, climbing in the police car and up into the fire truck,” said library children’s programming coordinator Cathy Paulino. “The kids always have smiles on their faces as they leave with their treat bags and wearing their new fire hats.”

Stephenville Police Officer Jonathan Walden and dispatcher Kristi Metsgar taught the kids about stranger danger, bike helmet safety and gun safety, and let the kids check out the police car lights and siren.

“It’s a good educational opportunity for the kids and this gives us a chance to speak to them face-to-face about some of these issues whether it be gun safety, stranger danger or fire issues,” Walden said. “It’s also important for the kids to understand that 911 is a resource for them to use if they need it.”

Stephenville Fire Department officials spoke to the kids about home safety and what to do in case of a fire, along with letting them get a close-up look inside a fire truck and ambulance.

“It’s important for the younger kids so they can recognize that firefighters are people too and so they’re not afraid of them in an emergency situation,” said Stephenville Fire Captain Cody Wells. “Even for the older kids it’s important for them to know home safety, to have a fire escape plan and to know how to call 911.”

The library will kick off another Summer Reading Program event — magic and juggling with Jim Kirby — at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 14.

“We still have room for many of our events,” said library director Mary Meredith. “Please call or come by the library for more details. In addition, we have places for our free Summer Bucket List Camp for ages six to 12. Kids will have fun while checking off items on our summer bucket list like get ice cream from an ice cream truck, have a water balloon fight, eat watermelon, make pet rocks, start a blessings jar as well as stories, snacks and short films.”