By Jessica Creagan
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- The Indian River County Library system is celebrating September in a big way, with visits from Ronald McDonald and a time-traveling experience with the Daughters of the American Revolution.
September is library card sign-up month and the jolly red and white clown is reminding children why "Readers are Leaders" and encouraging them to get their library cards and make good use of them.
Last week, Ronald McDonald stopped by the main library branch in Vero Beach and left some goodies behind, said Patti Fuchs, children's librarian and program services coordinator.
Children can sign up for the reading program at any of the library branches and receive certificates or coupons to be used at local McDonald's location and be entered to win prizes during the month of September, Ms. Fuchs said.
Although the U.S. declared independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776, the U.S. Constitution was not officially accepted until Sept. 17, 1787.
Almost 50 years ago, the Daughters of the American Revolution, an organization for women who have traced their genealogy to the American Revolution and have an ancestor involved in the fight for independence, petitioned Congress for Constitution Week and it is annually observed from Sept. 17 to Sept. 23.
"If the Fourth of July is when we celebrate our break from Great Britain to say we're going to govern ourselves, Constitution Week is a celebration of how we decided to do it," Ms. Fuchs said.
At 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 at the North Indian River County Library in Sebastian, the Daughters of the American Revolution have prepared a family-friendly program to show what life was like when the Founding Fathers were alive.
The program will include crafts for the children as well as games and stories, Ms. Fuchs said.
For more information about programs at any of the four libraries in Indian River County, visit www.irclibrary.org.