Branches to hold events for National Library Week

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- Area libraries are hoping to make your trip to the library a little more enjoyable this week by celebrating National Library Week.

The special week, which starts Sunday and ends next weekend, has been celebrated in the United States since 1958.

This year, the Newton and Rockdale county library systems will continue the celebration with some special events.

The Newton County Library System will hold a weeklong celebration at the Covington Branch.

All week in the Garden Room, the Satsuki Garden Club will feature homemade arrangements based on books suggested by staff.

"They really get into it and have a good time doing it," said Stevin Herald of the library's information desk. "It's fun for us, and it brightens up the Garden Room for at least a week."

Library staff plan to judge the arrangements Tuesday, and they will remain up all week.

The celebration will continue on Wednesday, when library staff and guests are encouraged to wear fun hats, and on Thursday, when they are asked to wear blue. Everyone is asked to dress up as their favorite book characters on Friday.

"We like to have fun all the time at the library, but during this week, we like to turn it up a notch," said Herald. "We try to come up with fun activities ... and show support for our staff."

At the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library in Conyers will celebrate the week with a special guest. Susan Rosson Spain, a Conyers author of books for young adults, will present two programs this week.

From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the meeting room, she will meet with middle and high school students for a discussion of her novel, "The Deep Cut," which is set in Virginia during the Civil War and based partly on her family history. She will teach students about the impact of the Civil War from a teenager's perspective and discuss the setting and characters in the novel.

At the same time and place Wednesday, Spain invites adult writers to participate in an open discussion about what it takes to become a successful published children's author.

"We hope to reach out to more citizens of Rockdale County," said Lauren Knowlton, youth services librarian at the library.

She said the library has always had active children and youth programs and now hopes to offer more adult programs, like an adult summer reading, with the recent expansion and renovations.

"We're able to look forward now," she said.

April also is School Library Month, and Tuesday is National Library Workers Day.

The Newton County Library's main Covington branch is located at 7116 Floyd St. N.E. in Covington. Its hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays; it is closed Sundays.

The Nancy Guinn Memorial Library, which is located on at 864 Green St. in Conyers, is opening from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; it is closed on Sundays.

Both are part of the PINES Georgia library system.