Newton library celebrates National Library Week

COVINGTON - The Newton County Library wants to give residents plenty of opportunities to celebrate National Library Week next week.

The library is holding events geared to please the entire family almost every day next week.

"We try to have something for everybody," said Stevin Herald at the library's information desk. "This is the time to draw attention to the librarians and staff who do so much for the community."

The week also serves as a time to focus on current library programs and introduce new ones, he said.

"It's a very festive time and makes a fun atmosphere for the week," Herald said.

The event kicks off before National Library Week even begins - at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Friends of the Newton County Parks is holding a bird walk at the site of the future Chimney Park, located behind the library.

At 1 p.m. Monday, Covington's Satsuki Garden Club will bring in fresh flower arrangements they designed to the library's Garden Room.

Last year, which was also the first year the library held a big event in honor of National Library Week, was the first year the garden club brought in flower arrangements to the library.

"It will probably become an annual event with National Library Week because everybody enjoys them so much," Herald said.

On Tuesday, library staff will judge the arrangements, which garden members designed around different books this year, and announce the winners on Wednesday. The arrangements will stay up until Saturday.

Also on Monday, at 7 p.m. in the meeting room, Friends of the Library presents adult storyteller Ron Kemp, who will talk about history, fantasy, mystery and values.

At 12:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, the library will hold a free two-part introductory class on how to research family genealogy in the Heritage Room. Those interested must sign up at the information desk at the library, as space is limited.

Tuesday is a day to spend with authors - at 4 p.m., the library will have children's book author Ernest Hooks Jr. speak in the story room; he has written a children's book "Let's Go See Mother Wilkerson's Farm," based on the life of late Newton County native Lizzie Wilkerson. Starting at 7 p.m. in the meeting room, author and pastor of Times of Refreshing Ministries Kenneth Morgan will spend an evening with guests to discuss his works, "God is Still Speaking," "More Than Just Words" and "Poems of Inspiration."

At 12 p.m. Wednesday in the Board Room, adults can bring a book and a sack lunch to the Brown Bag Book Club to discuss their favorite books and share experiences. From 1 to 3 p.m. in the front lobby, a staff member from Georgia Congressman John Linder's office will answer questions from guests.

At 4 p.m. Wednesday, the library will kick off a new monthly program - PB&C for Teens. Teenage readers are invited to bring their favorite paperback books (PB) and a bag of chips (C) with them to the story room to discuss and share opinions; the library will provide beverages.

Library staff members will come dressed as their favorite book characters Thursday, and at 4 p.m. they will distribute buttons to guests.

Also, during the day Thursday, children ages 4 to 8 are invited to the story room for arts and crafts.

"This year, because National Library Week is close to Earth Day, they are decorating paper bags that the local grocery stores will use on Earth Day," Herald said.

At 7 p.m. Thursday two events will take place - the New Chapter Book Club will meet in the Heritage Room, and Family Movie Night with "Ratatouille" and popcorn will be held in the Meeting Room.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, the library will have Family Storytime in the story room and celebrate with the final National Library Week event from 1 to 3 p.m. - an Ice Cream Social with live music from Sweet Harmony in the east parking lot of the library.

All events are free and open to the public.

For a complete listing of events or for more information, visit www.newtonlibrary.org, call the library at 770-787-3231 or visit the library, located at 7116 Floyd St. N.E. in Covington.

SideBar: If you go

What: Newton County Library National Library Week Celebration

When: Saturday, April 12-Saturday, April 19

Where: Newton County Library, 7116 Floyd St. NE, Covington

More information: www.newtonlibrary.org or 770-787-3231

Event Schedule:

· 7:30 a.m. Saturday - Bird Walk in Chimney Park starting in the Meeting Room

· 1 p.m. Monday-Saturday - Fresh Flower Arrangements from the Satsuki Garden Club in the Garden Room

· 12:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday - Genealogy 101 in the Heritage Room

· 7 p.m. Monday - Adult Storyteller Ron Kemp in the Meeting Room

· 4 p.m. Tuesday - Children's Book Author Ernest Hooks Jr.

· 7 p.m. Tuesday - Author Kenneth Morgan in the Meeting Room

· 12 p.m. Wednesday - Brown Bag Book Club in the Board Room

· 1-3 p.m. Wednesday - Congressman Linder Outreach Program in Front Lobby

· 4 p.m. Wednesday - PB&C for Teens in the Story Room

· 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday - Favorite Book Character Costumes in the library (buttons at 4 p.m.)

· 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday - Arts and Crafts in the Story Room

· 7 p.m. Thursday - New Chapter Book Club in the Heritage Room

· 7 p.m. Thursday - Family Movie Night with "Ratatouille" in the Meeting Room

· 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19 - Family Storytime in the Story Room

· 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 19 - Ice Cream Social and live music performance from Sweet Harmony in east parking lot