COVINGTON -- The Newton County Library wants families to know they can spend time together having fun at the library.
With the start of the new year, the library also started its new set of winter programs in its children's department.
This year, the department is focusing on families.
Earlier this month, the library started its Family Reading Club.
"We live in a wonderful community, and research shows that families who read together, grow together," said Brenda Poku, the children's library assistant.
Thanks to a grant from Target, the library and the club members will be able to select books for families to read this year and later hold discussions in the library.
"With wisdom of the parents and the parents and young kids talking, kids are never too young to begin critical thinking," Poku said. "It will be a home-grown program."
The club will meet again at 11 a.m. Saturday in the children's story room and every other Saturday until June.
Children ages 8 to 12 and their parents, grandparents and/or guardians are invited to join the club.
The library also will continue some of its other successful programs this winter.
The Anime Club, for students age 12 to 18, will meet at 6:15 on Thursdays from Jan. 28 until April 8 in the children's story room. Participants will draw and discuss animations.
Poku said the club is in its fourth rotation and is one of the most popular programs at the library.
In it, students discuss art, movies, music and other interests.
"Sometimes they bring in their tech toys, and they share a lot," Poku said. "These kids are brilliant."
The Knitting Club also will continue this year.
Children ages 8 and older and their parents meet most Tuesdays in the story room to learn knitting basics.
Host Gabrielle Green leads both beginner and experienced children and their parents in knitting exercises.
The club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26; Feb. 2, 9 and 16; March 2, 9, 16 and 23 in the children's story room.
Children and students also have several special events to look forward to at the library this year. The library also will show a movie at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 and hold a Game Day from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19.
The Newton County Library is located at 7116 Floyd St. Its hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays; the library is closed on Sundays.
More information about the library's programs are available by calling the library at 770-787-3231 or visiting www.newton.public.lib.ga.us.