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Affordable Care Act help coming to libraries

In honor of Family History Week, October 7-12, the Newton County LIbrary held a Family Tree contest. Youth ages 17 and under were invited to do genealogy research and use any medium to create a family tree. The library received submissions from elementary middle and high school students. Library staff, volunteers and members of the Covington Service Guild Judged the Family Tree Projects. In honor of Family History Week at the Library (October 7-12th), the Library held a Family Tree contest. Youth Ages 17 and under were invited to do genealogy research and use any medium to create a family tree. The contest began September 14th and contestants had until October 8th to design their family tree project and bring it to the library. The library received submissions from Elementary Middle and Highschool students. Library Staff, Library Volunteers, and members of the Service Guild Judged the Family Tree Projects. The winners were LIberty Middle School sixth grader Caleb Jackson; Aaron Troutner a first grade student at Riverbrooke Academy; Jeryll Harris, fifth grade, South Salem Elementary; and Justus Harris, kindergarten, South Salem Elementary. The winners received a $50 Amazon Gift Card that they can use to buy books. The contest was sponsored by the Newton County Service Guild and Newton County Library Genealogy Volunteers. Pictured here are winner Caleb Jackson, second from left. Also pictured are his father, Cory Jackson; Ellen Blakeslee library Genealogy Room volunteer; Courtney Lumpkin, assistant director; and contest participants Cameron White and Leila Goss. (Special Photos)

In honor of Family History Week, October 7-12, the Newton County LIbrary held a Family Tree contest. Youth ages 17 and under were invited to do genealogy research and use any medium to create a family tree. The library received submissions from elementary middle and high school students. Library staff, volunteers and members of the Covington Service Guild Judged the Family Tree Projects. In honor of Family History Week at the Library (October 7-12th), the Library held a Family Tree contest. Youth Ages 17 and under were invited to do genealogy research and use any medium to create a family tree. The contest began September 14th and contestants had until October 8th to design their family tree project and bring it to the library. The library received submissions from Elementary Middle and Highschool students. Library Staff, Library Volunteers, and members of the Service Guild Judged the Family Tree Projects. The winners were LIberty Middle School sixth grader Caleb Jackson; Aaron Troutner a first grade student at Riverbrooke Academy; Jeryll Harris, fifth grade, South Salem Elementary; and Justus Harris, kindergarten, South Salem Elementary. The winners received a $50 Amazon Gift Card that they can use to buy books. The contest was sponsored by the Newton County Service Guild and Newton County Library Genealogy Volunteers. Pictured here are winner Caleb Jackson, second from left. Also pictured are his father, Cory Jackson; Ellen Blakeslee library Genealogy Room volunteer; Courtney Lumpkin, assistant director; and contest participants Cameron White and Leila Goss. (Special Photos)

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Winners Jeryll Harris and Justus Harris with participant Jake McCarthy.

COVINGTON — The Newton County Library System is partnering with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension to educate library patrons about the new health insurance marketplace.

Ashley Wadley with the local Extension Office will be on hand at the three library branches to answer questions about the Affordable Health Care Act and help with navigation of the marketplace.

“The Cooperative Extension approached us and asked if we would host their program, but for us, it’s just a great idea to get information out to patrons who have questions,” said Assistant Library Director Courtney Lumpkin.

Patrons will be able to log onto the marketplace on library computers, Lumpkin said, and Wadley will assist them in getting to the right website, though she won’t help them select coverage. She will also have pamphlets that provide more information on the Affordable Health Care Act.

Patrons have three options of when to attend: Wadley will be at Porter Memorial Library Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m.; Covington branch Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m.; and at Newborn Service Outlet Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m.

In other library news, there’s already lots of buzz around the Covington branch’s upcoming Dr. Who 50th Anniversary celebration, taking place from 6- 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, Lumpkin said. Fans can test their knowledge on the British science-fiction television program about a time-traveling doctor in a trivia challenge; dress up as their favorite character for the costume contest; and have their photos taken in a replica of TARDIS, the doctor’s time-traveling phone booth.

Also, the library system’s fall book sale is taking place at all locations during regular business hours through Nov. 30. All items are $1.

Finally, Newton County Library Director Lace Keaton has been named president-elect of the Georgia Library Association.

GLA is professional organization comprised of more than 800 librarians, trustees, paraprofessionals and Friends of Libraries from across the state. Members meet annually at Georgia Conference of Media Organizations to discuss best standards and practices for libraries.

Keaton was sworn in as GLA president-elect for 2015 at this year’s conference held in Macon. She will take office in the fall of 2014. Her duties as GLA president will include presiding over GLA board meetings, and planning the 2015 conference.