Touch a Truck Program Provided for Canton Children


Children — and the young at heart — will have a chance to touch and get an up-close look at fire trucks and police cars, perhaps even sit in one, as the Canton Public Library hosts a Touch a Truck program.

It all happens at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, behind the library, located at 1200 S. Canton Center.

“This will give children a hands-on opportunity to get up close to the trucks they admire,” Amelia Yunker, information services librarian, said.

Canton children — potentially next-generation police officers and firefighters — have long shown their interest in such events. Just last fall, Deputy Fire Chief Chris Stoecklein said an open house at Fire Station No. 1 drew an estimated 1,200 people.

The library’s 90-minute program is free and open to the public.

Laurie Golden, the library’s community relations department head, said the event is expected to feature a fire truck, a police car, an ambulance, a dump truck, a backhoe and a vactor truck – one of those big public works rigs used to clean out catch basins and storm sewers.

Library employees are hopeful the program will happen without any snags. Golden cautioned that some vehicles, such as a fire truck, are expected unless they are needed for an emergency.

Touch a Truck patrons do not need to register to attend the library program.

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