HAMPTON Youngsters got up close and personal with first responders Wednesday when fire, police and public works staff brought out their cruisers, trucks, horses, and motorcycles for the Lane Memorial Library's Touch-a-Truck event.

Kids hopped in the drivers' seats of a fire engine, petted the Hampton police horses and got to see an armored SWAT car in front of Centre School between 10 a.m. to noon. Dana's Towing and Repair also brought a tow truck in addition to several vehicles brought by first responders. Seacoast Emergency Response Team, the regional SWAT team, brought the armored vehicle. New Hampshire State Police also stopped by.

This was the second year the library's Children's Room organized Touch-A-Truck as part of its summer reading program, and Paulina Shadowens, head of Children's Services at the library, said she hopes to continue each year.

"Every year we want to make it bigger and better, and thanks to our participants, that happened," said Shadowens.