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By Jillian Rael, Library Director
In a previous edition, I had mentioned that the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Public Library will be joining forces with the Imagination Library for future events and programs. I want to take a minute to sing the praises of the Imagination Library and encourage anyone in the community with children under the age of five to register for participation. My son is just under four months old, and he is part of the Imagination Library, and last week we received his first book, The Little Engine That Could.
The Imagination Library is a great way to build your child’s library, and it is absolutely free to anyone, no matter your income or circumstances. Here at the Library, we have a small station for the Imagination Library where people may sign up for services. Once you sign up, your child will receive a book in the mail every month until he or she is five years of age.
The Imagination Library board is also putting together a “Bags of Books” program that allows anyone in the community who expresses an immediate need for children’s books to walk out of the Library with books in hand. On April 24, Crissy Haslam will be at the library to promote the Imagination Library and help sign children up for library cards.
I am excited to announce that our first Story Hour events will be held on Feb. 20. Children ages 3-6 are invited to come by at 10 a.m. and hear a story read by Miss Sue and participate in activities. On the same day at 3:30 p.m., kids ages 7-11 are welcome to come by after school for the first meeting of our Trailblazer’s Club, which will include stories and activities. For this first day of stories, the topic will be U.S. Presidents in honor of President’s Day. Miss Sue will have interesting stories to share and fun activities for all. There is no need to sign up or pre-register, just show up!
The following Wednesday (February 27) the story topics will center on Black History. There are many children’s activities in the works, including our Summer Reading Program. This year features an underground theme and will feature local history, archaeology, geology and gardening to name a few. Everyone here at the library is excited to begin our programs and hopes the community will join in!