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Newton celebrates National Library Week

COVINGTON - Forget about whispering in the library next week - the Newton County Library personnel want residents to have a little fun because it's National Library Week.

"The week is to emphasize the importance of the library and what it gives to the community," said Stevin Herald at the Newton County Library's information desk. "Things do happen at the library that are educational and fun."

The library will hold several special events Monday through Thursday to celebrate the week.

"We try to have something for everybody to enjoy," Herald said. "It's also a reminder to everybody of all of the resources we have at the library."

The event will kick off Monday with one of the most aesthetically pleasing attractions during the annual event. The Satsuki Garden Club will work on flower arrangements throughout the day and present them at 3 p.m. in the Garden Room; judges will score them Tuesday and announce the winners.

Also Tuesday, at 4 p.m., local 8-year-old author Haniyah Harris, who wrote "Tanisha's Departure to School," will present her book in the Story Time Room.

Later that day, at 6:30 p.m., author and instructor Saundrah Grevious will discuss multicultural education and preparing children for productive lives in a diverse society in the library's Meeting Room.

Thursday brings several events to the Meeting Room. At 1 p.m., Dr. Walter Freeman discusses DNA for genealogy research, and at 4 p.m. the library will hold an ice cream social. The week of events ends at 6:30 p.m. Thursday as author Wright Gres discusses his book, "Macedonia Passage: Dangerous Cargo" in the meeting room.

All events are free and open to the public.

"Over the past few years, people enjoy most that we have balloons up and we make it a festive event," Herald said. "It brings people in the library, lightens the mood and makes it fun."

The library also will hand out bookmarks that were made by three students in the Newton County School System - first-place winner Noah Mason, a fifth-grade student at Palmer-Stone Elementary School; second-place winner Alisa Duncan, a sixth-grade student at Indian Creek Middle School; and third-place winner Alex Solomon, an eighth-grade student at Indian Creek Middle School.

Herald said none of the programs during the celebration week are held using taxpayer money - the individuals and organizations who will present programs at the library are doing so at no cost or through donations, including those from Ingles and PACTIV for the ice cream social.

"I think it's wonderful that these people and organizations realize the importance of the services that the library provides and are willing to contribute and support the activities for National Library Week," Herald said.

The hours of operation for the Newton County Library are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; it is closed Saturday and Sunday.

SideBar: If you go

· What: Newton County Library National Library Week Celebration

· When: Monday-Thursday

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

· Cost: Free and open to the public

· More Information: www.newtonlibrary.org or 770-787-3231

Event Schedule:

· 3 p.m. Monday - Satsuki Garden Club flower arrangements presentations in the Garden Room

· 4 p.m. Tuesday - 8-year-old author Haniyah Harris of "Tanisha's Departure to School" in the Story Time Room

· 6:30 p.m. Tuesday - Author and instructor Saundrah Grevious discusses multicultural education and preparing children for productive lives in a diverse society in the Meeting Room

· 1 p.m. Thursday - Dr. Walter Freeman discusses DNA for genealogy research in the Meeting Room

· 4 p.m. Thursday - Ice Cream Social in the Meeting Room

· 6:30 p.m. Thursday - Author Wright Gres discusses his book, "Macedonia Passage: Dangerous Cargo" in the Meeting Room