July 3, 2013

Reading is Fourth of July parade theme

Morning Sentinel Staff

FARMINGTON -- Pull your favorite book off the shelf and bring it to life in the Farmington Fourth of July Parade. The theme this year is "My Favorite Book."

Several local authors will be on hand to sign their books from 11 a.m. to noon in front of Franklin Savings Bank, Main Street. Featured authors are Drew Barton, Gary Edwards, Woody Hanstein, Robert Kimber, Bill Roorbach, Lee Sharkey and Lawrence Wilbur.

If you don't have a copy of one of their books, be sure to swing by Devaney, Doak and Garrett on Broadway, where books by those authors will be discounted 10 percent now through Thursday.

In addition, Literacy Volunteers will have a drop box in front of Devaney, Doak and Garrett and Twice Sold Tales to make it easy for people to share some past favorite books with emerging readers.

A bake sale will take place in front of Franklin Savings Bank from 11 a.m. to noon to benefit school libraries at Cape Cod Hill School, Gerald D. Cushing School and the W.G. Mallett School. The bake sale will be hosted by EarlyAct, a Farmington Rotary sponsored youth club. EarlyAct member Ellie Marshall will be on hand to serve up the treats. Proceeds from this sale will be matched by Franklin Savings Bank.

Participants should start lining up at 8 a.m. in the UMF parking lot at the corner of Perkins and Quebec streets. The parade starts at 10 a.m. There will be ribbons for all entries. The top honor is the "Judges' Choice" ribbon.

For more information, call Tom Sawyer at 778-2900 or Joyce King at 778-3375

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