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By Jillian Rael, Library Director
We have a number of exciting things taking place here at the library. First, we have begun our regular Story Hours every Wednesday with our preschool/kindergarten children having activities at 10 a.m. and our Trail Blazers Club at 4 p.m. March topics include Fayetteville in the Depression, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle, Spring!, and of course St. Patrick’s Day.
Keeping with our children’s and youth programming, the Junior Round Dozen has provided the library with a yearly subscription to Tumblebooks, an online library for children that includes animated books, read alongs and literary games. Everyone with a library card is welcome to utilize this fantastic resource; all you need is an internet connection!
February 19 is the first meeting of our Mother-Daughter Book Club. The group will be discussing “Life As We Knew It” by Susan Beth Pfeffer and promises to be a great time.
The library’s essay contest is officially open! Information has been sent out to schools and the local home-school association. First place winners will receive a Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight (perfect for bedtime reading!) and the library staff will assist in loading the READS online library. Second place winners will receive a $10 gift certificate to The Book Inn! We cannot wait to hear why local students find their public library important and valuable!
The Friends of the Library will be having a book sale on March 23 from 10 a.m. until noon in the library basement with some great titles up for grabs.
Plans are well underway for this season’s Friends Lecture Series, which will run from March through August. The proposed lineup is fantastic! March 26 we welcome Dr. Sarah Newman Shouse, retired history professor, to discuss Fayettevillians who went west with the Gold Rush. Speaker arrangements and scheduling is still tentative, but I can tell you that topics include photo and document preservation. All the talks will be held in the Library Genealogy Room and will run from 6 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday nights throughout the season. These events are free, and all donations made benefit the library directly. Last season’s series generated a few hundred dollars that is now going toward improving the Genealogy Room. We are so fortunate to have such an active Friends organization and hope that the community will come out and show their support!
Information about all our events can be found on our blog at www.flcpubliclibrary.blogspot.com and on our Facebook and Twitter pages, or call the library at 433-3286, and of course, we’d love to see you at the library!