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Jun 20th, 2012 by conisheridan

“Think big, work hard, and have a dream!” was the advice former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Andy Russell gave to kids on Saturday during the Union County Library System’s summer reading kick-off event “Follow Your Dreams.”

Russell was one of several professionals who participated in the event showcasing the importance of following your dreams.

“Overall it was a huge success,” said Roberta Greene, UCLS Director. “We had over 150 kids and parents participate and all had a great time!”

Each child was given a dream box, which they decorated with markers and stickers and each station had dream slips they could fill out and put in their dream box.

“It was kind of like a kid’s version of a bucket list,” explained Coni Marie Sheridan, UCLS Development and Marketing Coordinator. “It was a way for them to create goals related to each profession that they’d like to accomplish.”

Children could also enter into a drawing for a bicycle. The winner was Timothy Hollenbach.

Along with Russell, other participants included Grammy Award winning drummer Steve Mitchell, singer/songwriter KJ Reimensnyder-Wagner, local artist Angie Haines, Spanish instructor Linda Kander, magician Scott Fritz and representatives from the William-Cameron Engine Company, Mifflinburg Hose Company, Pennsylvania State Police and the East Buffalo Regional Police.

Both Sandy Trade and Wendy Rote were on hand with their therapy dogs and Alan Ard brought out one of his tractors for the kids to explore. Astronomy professor Ned Ladd also took part by teaching the proper way to look at the sun using a filter and telescope.

The summer reading program will run from June through August at each of the UCLS libraries—The Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg; Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg; and West End Library, Laurelton. Special events will be held at each of the libraries in conjunction with the summer reading program.

For more information on upcoming events, stop by any of the three libraries or check out the website at www.unioncountylibrarysystem.com.