On Thursday, June 29 the Milford Public Library kicked off their annual summer tradition Music in The Park with the U.S. Army Band Downrange. Creating a hometown atmosphere with live musicians performing on the banks of the Mispillion River, the Milford Library promotes the small town feel as neighbors and visitors join together on a summer night to enjoy beautiful scenery, music and the company of others.
Kay Hudson, Director of the Milford Public Library, says that the community has always been extremely supportive of the many projects necessary to keep the library functioning each year and that Music in the Park is one way that library staff and friends give back to the community. “It is an absolutely beautiful evening on the riverwalk with music, atmosphere and the sun going down,” she said. “This is our way of connecting with neighbors and visitors and showing that we are more than what people think libraries can be.”
Throughout the year, the Milford Public Library offers programs for both children and adults for literacy and entertainment. Featuring their own special library on the first floor, children have an interactive space to enjoy books and programs that engage their inquisitive minds. Children programing includes the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten and Summer Reading initiatives as well as the weekly Bark for Books program that allows children to hang out with dogs as they read.
Just outside the doors of the Children’s library is the Richard Johnson Amphitheater where Music in the Park is held. This year’s entertainment will include live entertainment on every Wednesday during July at 7pm. On July 5, Oh Boy, a tribute to Rockabilly with patriotic music, will perform music including Johnny Cash, Ritchie Valens, Little Richard and the Big Bopper. On July 12 Elvis E will show off his impersonation of The King that is loved around the United States. On July 19 the Milford Community Band, featuring musicians that have been entertaining Delaware for years, will present sounds of the Big Bands and music throughout the ages. On July 26 Haley Cometz will perform music from the 1940’s, -50’s and -60’s.
Entertainment at the Milford Public Library is provided for free by The Friends of the Milford Public Library. Families are welcome to bring a chair or blanket to relax on the Riverfront. Hotdogs, water, soda, ice-cream and books can be purchased at the library and funds will support the Milford Public Library.
The Milford Library is located at 11 S.E. Front Street and hopes to serve as the anchor to help with the revitalization effort downtown. With a Milford library card a patron also has access to all materials in all libraries throughout the State of Delaware, including universities, online databases and downloadable e-books and audio books. For more information on the Milford Public Library, families can visit www.milfordpubliclibrary.org or contact the library at 302-422-8996.
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