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Posted on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Jill Rael

Jillian Rael


library director

Our Summer Reading Programs for younger children wrapped up on June 28 with a fantastic party. Sci-Quest was on hand to set up their Roaming Dome, and we watched a great program on the solar system using a cardboard rocket (much like our own!) and another great session of views of the night sky of Fayetteville.

Prizes were awarded and certificates handed out, and families enjoyed great refreshments. We had 30 kids complete the reading requirements and compete for prize drawings. We are so proud of all the kids that avoided the “summer slide” and dedicated themselves to reading over their summer break. Way to go! We know it takes a lot of dedication to commit to so much reading and work, and they did it!

Next up is our Teen Summer Reading Program dedicated to those ages 10 and up. Using a similar set up, we will have a movie every Tuesday night at 6 p.m. and programs on Thursdays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. On July 10, we welcome the Robotics Team from Riverside Christian Academy to share their creations from the past year.

On Saturday, July 12, we will have survival skills hosted by local Boy Scouts of America. The following week will be the Science of Photography on July 17 when we will welcome Jose Betancourt, photography instructor at UAH, to teach us about using sunlight to develop images using special chemical processes. We will also have the Art Department’s Camera Obscura on hand to learn about lenses.

On Saturday, July 19, the Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR) from Huntsville will be here to provide a great program on magnets. July 24 will be a program on Forensics and Grossology. Saturday, July 26, will be our wrap-up party, and we will once again host the Roaming Dome for a more advanced program. We will again award prizes and have refreshments. The following week we are cooking up some fun family activities that everyone can enjoy; more details to come!

Remember that this month we have two special speakers as part of the Friends Speaker Series. The first is on July 22 and will be Dr. Molly Johnson of UAH’s History Department and head of the Women’s Studies Program who will talk about the roles of women during World War I. On July 29 will be Dr. Stephen Waring, chair of the History Department at UAH and professor of modern history, to talk about Space Exploration and its relationship to Huntsville. All talks begin at 6 p.m.

It is shaping up to be an excellent summer here at the library and we hope to see you soon!