NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Ruth Keeler Memorial Library’s second annual Family Fun Day drew families from North Salem and as far as the Bronx on Sunday, July 23, to enjoy a few hours of outdoor games, music and summertime snacks on the lawn of the library.

In a continuation of last year’s efforts, the Friends of Ruth Keeler Memorial Library set out to bring families together for a day of tech-free, good old-fashioned fun. 

“We provide the games and the kids can play together or the families can play together with their own kids doing things they might not think of at home,” said Edris Scherer, president of the Friends of Ruth Keeler Memorial Library.  

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Local musicians set the  tone for the two-hour occasion and played an eclectic mix of Top 40 hits and jazzier instrumentals while children as young as 2 and as old as 12 played lawn games, got their faces painted, or snacked on cookies and watermelon.
Carolyn Reznick, library director, shared the importance of hosting community-oriented events.

“The role of libraries is changing,” she said. “People no longer come to libraries for reference help.”

Libraries have shifted from a source of free information to a source of community activity, Reznick explained. Still a place where locals can visit without paying a dime, the library has adapted to offer things people prefer not to get on Google or YouTube, such as art classes and other experiences.

“We try to offer things for all ages: story times for babies and programs on Medicare for senior citizens,” Reznick said.

Family-oriented activities are a focus as well. The Friends of the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library also provides the library with museum passes that residents can pick up at no cost, Scherer said, and the library staff and friends plan several events such as Family Fun Day. 

For those who missed out, don’t worry. A list of upcoming events is available on the library’s website. Additionally, Scherer said residents can look forward to another Family Fun Day in the future.

“With this year’s turnout, we definitely are going for another two at least,” she said.