MUSCATINE, Iowa–For at least five years, children in Muscatine have eagerly anticipated the Musser Public Library’s Fourth of July costume parade. A stress free event designed specifically for young children, Youth Services Director Betty Collins finds that people who moved away from Muscatine would regularly bring their own children back for the Fourth of July so they could participate in the parade.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the library cancelled this year’s costume parade. Even so, they knew they still wanted to provide a fun, safe activity for kids to participate in. This year, for the first time ever, they will welcome Rick Brammer to put on a drive in show with his bubble wagon.
As part of their summer reading activities, the library will feature several of Brammer’s performances online. When they learned that he also traveled around doing socially distanced bubble shows, they though it could offer an excellent Fourth of July activity. “That’s something people could enjoy from their cars,” said Collins. “We want to help people maintain social distancing and celebrate on July Fourth.
Brammer’s show will begin at 9:30 a.m. Before it starts, people may drive into the library parking lot. Staff will mark off every other parking space to remind people to stay spread out. Then, Brammer will tour the lot several times with the bubble wagon, which features a variety of contraptions that make beautiful bubble displays. All told, the show will last about half an hour. Collins hinted that the library may also provide bubbles for children to take home with them as well. Suitable for anyone who enjoys bubbles, Collins believes the show will appeal most to little ones in preschool and elementary school. “We hope people will have something special to look forward to,” emphasized Collins.
The Fourth of July bubble show represents just one of the opportunities this year’s summer reading program, sponsored by CBI Bank and Trust, has to offer. Running through July 31, children can still register to track their reading time online for prizes and kids and teens can play reading bingo for drawing entries. Adults may continue reading through the end of August to earn a Hy-Vee gift card. “We encourage everyone to visit our website or come in and sign up,” Collins encouraged.
For those interested in additional programming they can enjoy from home, all of the library’s regular programming continues online on their Facebook page and on MP&W cable. Their special summer online kids events will also air on both these platforms as well.