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Word from the Library … Reading program wraps up

Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 4:36 am

Jill Rael

Jill Rael


Library Director

 Our tremendously successful Summer Reading Program is wrapping up after four weeks of fun and learning.

June 26 is our Pirate Party and will wrap up this year’s activities at 10 a.m. Kids will hear stories about being a pirate, hunt for treasure, and enjoy tasty treats once again donated by the Iron Kettle Restaurant. Those who signed up for and completed the four-book requirement of the program will receive their certificates and prizes as festivities unfold. We are so pleased with the incredible turnout, and we are already turning an eye toward improvements for next year.

With June activities concluding, we are once again returning to our regular story hours and other activities. Throughout July, story hour will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., with the 4 p.m. installment returning once school is in session. We are also hard at work planning our Hello Kitty event for July 13. Children are invited to attend at 10 a.m. for stories, giveaways and a coloring contest to celebrate all things Hello Kitty, courtesy of our own Sherie Jacks – number one Hello Kitty fan! Moreover, August will be full of activities to celebrate our War of 1812 history, complete with an incredible exhibit here at the Library. There will be many things happening at the Library throughout the rest of the year, with new ideas realized almost every day.

The Friends of the Library just concluded this quarter’s book sale and will not hold another sale until September. The FoL Lecture Series continues the last Tuesday in July with Dr. Tom Sever from UAH discussing archaeology and remote sensing, a talk you don’t want to miss. The last installment will be held the final Tuesday in August with a panel discussion on Camp Blount, an exciting ending to a wonderfully successful lecture year.

I would once again like to extend a huge thank you to our wonderful Friends group. Thanks to their fund raising efforts, we will soon begin to build our own eBook collection through the READS program already available to our patrons. The FoL has provided us with the funds needed to buy into the program and begin a collection of licenses available specifically to our library patrons, a venture I am incredibly excited about. Moreover, they have donated the money for a new, permanent sign for the Library that will be used to announce events and other Library info. I have some design work to do, but a beautiful new brick sign is exactly what our Library has been missing!

Finally, I am happy to relay the exciting news that the Library has a new website under construction that will serve to inform the community on events, provide helpful resources and more. We hope to roll out this new site very soon!