When librarian Arin Burton's son was a toddler, he loved looking at trucks and trains. Her son's excitement at seeing a truck prompted her to start a Touch A Truck program at Lima Public Library, and the annual event is one parents and their children look forward to attending.
The event is held the first Saturday in May (May 4 this year), from 10-noon, in the Library's back parking lot. A slew of big and little vehicles are available to children to look at, sit in, honk, touch and more, along with a scattering of activities.
Arin said she has a good base of participants already scheduled for this year, and she is interested in adding two or three additional vehicles or activities to the mix. "We try to add something new every year," said Arin, "just to keep the program exciting for all of us."
Some of the regulars include vehicles from Barry Electronics, The Lima News, Lima Fire Department, ODOT, Elida Schools, and AEP.
New participants last year included Lima Exchange Club, Ream Elrod Racing, LSHS Moon Buggy, a pony snow sleigh and wooden therapy horse from the Equestrian Therapy Program, and a Segway from St. Rita's Medical Center police department.
Last year, more than 200 children attended the event. And Arin's son, the one who started it all nine years ago, now comes with his younger brother and helps hand out goodies to kids visiting the LPL van.
Anyone interested in participating in this year's event should contact Arin Burton at 419-228-5113, ext. 121 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.