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Word from the Library … Children’s garden moves forward

Posted on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Jill Rael

Jillian Rael


library director

The plans for the new children’s garden here at the library are moving along quite well, and we are preparing for future landscaping and a few extra parking places in the future when our funding will hopefully allow. A huge thanks goes out to Toni Wampler for all the work she is doing to help design our outdoor space and all the phone calls and running around town she has done to help us get this project off the ground.

Another huge thank you goes out to Carl Gleghorn for taking my unorganized ideas for our future outdoor space and turning them into some really beautiful drawings. We hope to eventually provide our community with a great outdoor area for the enjoyment of all.

One announcement: the planting date for the Junior Garden Club is being moved until May 17. We needed an extra week to get everything together, and I would like to attend my sister’s graduation from Motlow on May 10, and I am sure many in town have plans to do the same. So, on May 17, we will make our initial plantings in our new garden. Hope to see lots of kids there!

On May 3, we have a special story time planned with a reading of Donna Taylor’s Barnyard Bully with a mini horse! This will be great fun, and we plan to hold the event outside at 10 a.m., (weather permitting).

Toward the end of May, we will host some orientations for parents with children participating in the Summer Reading Program. We hope this will help families better understand how the program works and how kids will complete their reading commitments. We will also host a kick-off party on May 31 for Summer Reading. We are receiving a great response from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and have appearances slated for the Space Hardware Team, a program on magnetics by CSPAR (a space research center), and likely the Atmospheric Science Club with a program on weather.

We have a meeting scheduled in the coming week about a planetarium from SciQuest, and my own husband (an archaeologist and Earth Systems scientist) will host a program on the Earth and Geology (complete with an erupting volcano). We just received word that we will have a small space exhibit especially for kids on loan from NASA’s educational arm in Houston on site for the summer. It is going to be an awesome summer here at the Library and we cannot wait!

If you happen to see this article before 6 p.m., on April 29, please come out to the library and join us in welcoming our first Lecture Series speaker, local author Betty Bolte. This season’s lineup is great and you will be happy you came out!