CAMANCHE – The summer reading program at Camache Public Library had less to do with reading and more to do with summer Monday afternoon.

The Camanche Fire Department opened up a hydrant near the library and let children run through the spray.

“Every year we do this,” said the drenched Camanche Children’s Librarian, Kerri Kudelka. The first-year children’s librarian didn’t run through the water last year, she said, but some children were reluctant, so she joined them.

Camanche Firefighter Mike Anderson and Capt. Jim Sowle sat on the engine watching the wet children run and slide and crawl through the mud and grass beneath the fire hose.

“It’s just a [public relations] event,” Sowle said. “We put the ladder up, run the hydrant through it.

“It’s really neat for the kids,” Sowle said. “They have us back [in the fall].”

The weather has been atypical this year, Sowle said, but sun and temperatures in the 80s Monday afternoon were perfect for the crowd.

“This has been a great turnout for this year,” Sowle said.

A native of Centerville, Winona comes to the Clinton Herald after writing for the Ottumwa Courier for two years.