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Libraries announce fall programs

The Newton County Library System has two new children's programs beginning in September. Mouse Capades, for toddlers and preschoolers age 18 months to 3 years, is designed to develop language, listening and motor skills through stories, songs, dance and crafts. For dates and times, call the library at 770-787-3231.

RATS, or Really Awesome TeenS, provides fun for teenagers, including Anime art, pizza parties, teen card swaps and games, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at the Covington branch.

The library system is also offering two new book collections this fall. GoGreen is a collection of materials for children and teens located the Porter Memorial branch.

"In keeping with Porter's LEED GOLD certification, this collection is designed to educate children and teens on healthy eating, exercise, recycling and other things they can do in the community to help sustain the environment," according to a press release issued by the library. Books in the series can be identified by the little green birdhouse logos they feature. The GoGreen series is being supported by funds from the James H. Porter Foundation.

In addition, the Leadership collection for adults will focus on leadership and management skills, featuring books written by classic and contemporary authors. The series is available at the Covington and Porter Memorial branches and is denoted by the colorful "Leadership" logo. It is funded by the Rotary Club of Covington.

The library system begins offering audiobooks and eBooks, downloadable from the library's website, on Sept. 1. Beaver Manufacturing donated $10,000 for the library to provide the service.

The new service, offered through Georgia Download Destination and powered by OverDrive, a digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music and video, is free for patrons with their Newton County Library System library card.

Card holders can check out and download digital media by visiting www.newtonlibrary.org beginning Sept. 1. Users can browse the library's website and use their library card to check out and download books to their PCs, Macs and mobile devices.

Audiobooks will require that users install free software, OverDrive Media Console. To read eBooks, users will need Adobe Digital Editions. The books can also be transferred to a variety of devices, including Kindle, Nook and iPad.

Titles automatically expire at the end of the 14-day lending period. There are no late fees.

One free Kindle will be offered at each library location - the Covington branch, Porter Memorial and the Newborn Service Outlet. Entries will be accepted from Sept. 1 -30 with the winners to be drawn Oct. 1.

Finally, Friends of the Library will host its annual fall book sale in October, with a date to be announced at a later time.

For additional information on fall programs, call the library or visit

www.newtonlibrary.org.

In Conyers, Nancy Guinn Library has enough events planned to keep the kids busy until Christmas.

Preschool Story Time for kids ages 3 to 5 takes place Mondays from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Dates are Sept. 10, 17, 24; Oct. 8, 15, 22; Nov. 5, 12, 26; and Dec. 3 and 10.

Toddler Time targets children age 20 months to 3 years, and gives caregivers the chance to participate in interactive stories, music, fingerplays and crafts. The event is from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays on

Sept. 11,18 and 25; Oct. 9, 16 and 23; Nov. 6, 13 and 27; Dec 4 and 11.

Baby time is for newborns through age 20 months. Caregivers can join their infant in open play time and social interaction with other babies and parents, songs, story times, action rhymes and board books. Dates are

Sept 12, 19 and 26; Oct. 10, 17, 24; Nov. 7, 14, 28; and Dec. 5 and 12.

Also, beginning Sept.1 0, Story Times for Little Ones will take place in the story room.

The Girls Night Out Program will take place Thursday, Oct. 4, from 4:30 to to 5:30 p.m. Girls ages 6 to 11 are invited to join and discuss their favorite books, dress as their favorite characters and make crafts.

The Fire Prevention Week Program takes place Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and includes story time and the chance to inspect a fire engine and meet local firefighters. All ages are welcome.

International Games Day takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, featuring video and card games for kids age 6 and older.

The library will celebrate the latest installment of popular children's series "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" with a book release party Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The event will include games and a chance to share stories about the series. Game winners will be the first to check out copies of the new book. The event is for kids ages 6 to 14.

A holiday drop-in crafts event takes place December 11 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and all ages are welcome to drop by and make festive crafts.

Finally, Wii30 p.m. on Sept. 13, Oct. 8 and Dec. 17. The event is for all ages.

Several events require registration. For more information, contact the library at 770-388-5040 or visit www.conyersrockdalelibrary.org.

Staff Reporter Crystal Tatum contributed to this story.