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Days are getting shorter, but not too short. Kids are back in school, and our community is buzzing with activity.
High school and peewee football have started and soon you will see boys proudly wearing their football jerseys on game day. Volleyball and soccer are in full swing, as evidenced by all the cars at the high school, middle school and county park.
For me, this is the sweet spot of the year. It still is warm, but there is a little chill to the air. Mornings are covered with a fog that lifts off to reveal a beautiful late summer day.
Even though I have never been particularly (or even remotely) athletic, sports have always been important in my life. I love football season, followed by the excitement of basketball season, and then baseball comes back in the picture in spring and summer.
There is a small window in fall where all three are in play. In September and October, football is in full swing, the World Series is on and every University of Kentucky fan cannot wait for Midnight Madness (although this year we have high hopes for Coach Mark Stoops, and we are not wishing away the football season).
As a sports lover, I understand that the foundation for all programs starts very young, in the peewee and parks and rec leagues. This is where, while winning is fun, learning the sport is the most important thing. Many parents become coaches for their children, and there are limited resources to research tips and techniques to help them prepare to build that foundation.
The library has discovered a company called Winning Traditions. It is a group of former professional and college players and coaches who have created a series of videos with tips and techniques to help form great young athletes. We have several videos that cover all sports, ranging for football to cheerleading.
Obviously, fall marks the end of summer. I would be remiss if I did not mention how wonderful Summer Reading was this year.
Leslie Sutherland always does a fantastic job, and we are already thinking about next summer. Many of the programs and supplies were made possible by the wonderful donations collected by the Ohio Valley United Charities.
We are extremely thankful to everyone who has donated to this organization. It is because of these donations, we are able to help keep our kids reading and learning over the summer.
Hillary Arney is the director of the Carroll County Public Library in Carrollton, Ky.