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Readers, writers book club eyed

Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Jill Rael

Jill Rael


library director

What a wonderful summer we have had at the library! Our Summer Reading Program has wrapped up with many local kids completing their reading contracts and winning wonderful prizes.

Our unique programs have introduced participants to a wide array of topics that have piqued their interests. We want to thank all the kids who have participated, and a special thanks goes out to their parents and caregivers for devoting themselves to summer reading and coming out to take part in our programs. Avoiding the summer slide takes discipline and dedication, and we are so proud of all of you for making the commitment to read.

August will see more new and interesting events happening as well. Our Friends of the Library Speaker Series continues on this month with Mrs. Kelly Fisk Hamlin at 6 p.m. on Aug. 26. Kelly just finished a master’s degree in history at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and focused on the Civil Rights Movement there. She is an historical interpreter at the Burritt on the Mountain Museum complex in Huntsville. Kelly also just recently married a native of Flintville and is very interested in local history as it pertains to the era of the Civil Rights Movement. She will do a presentation over her thesis, which also contains numerous photos, and is interested in conversation and dialogue about local Civil Rights. Please come out and join us for this free event!

August will see the beginning of our computer classes up and running again. We have been very fortunate to receive the FACT grant from the Tennessee State Library and Archives, which allows us to offer in-depth computer classes over the course of two years and taught by outside sources as much as possible. The grant provides funds to pay an instructor $50 per 1-2 hour class. We have listened to feedback from those who have attended computer classes here at the library in the past and will be focusing on several programs relate to job searching or building job related skills. Moreover, some of these classes will be taught in modules to allow more instruction time and in-depth practice skills.

August classes include: Basic Computer Skills Module Aug.18-19 and 21-22. Those who sign up for this module will be expected to attend all four classes, allowing them to build upon the skills. August 23 we will have a resume writing class. Times will be announced soon. Space is limited, so please call the library to sign up soon. If you or someone you know possesses the skills and interest in teaching classes over the course of the grant life, please let me know. I would love to talk about it!

The library will be hosting an interest meeting about a potential “Readers and Writers Book Club” with local author Betty Bolte facilitating. On Aug. 14 at 5 p.m., Betty will be on site to discuss the formation of the discussion group to determine interest, dates, times and frequencies of meetings. This group is open to anyone and will focus on book discussions from both the reader’s and writer’s point of view. If you have an interest in creative writing, this will be a wonderful opportunity to examine books from such an angle. But, if you are simply a book enthusiast and want the opportunity to converse about good stories, this is the place for you as well. We are very excited about this opportunity and looking forward to gauging potential interests.

Finally, we will have our very first art exhibition for public viewing in August. Kathryn Jill Johnson, associate professor of painting at UAH, will be installing work during August and will follow with an opening and artist talk. Jill earned a BA in Art from the University of South Florida and her MA from the University of Georgia. She began teaching at UAH in 2003 and continues to produce thought provoking works on paper and other mixed media, combining elements of painting and drawing. Stay tuned for these dates and times, and come out to the library and enjoy some contemporary art.

We are always looking for new ways to engage the community in cultural and intellectual events and happenings. We work to keep things interesting and offer something for everyone! If you have ideas about things you would like to see at the library, let us know!