The summer sun is shining bright upon the Appomattox County Library System! We have lots of extra events planned for June and July! Patrons and visitors alike are finding many free resources at both branches including Internet, wireless, downloadable e-books, magazines, movies and more. For a minimal fee the libraries offer printing services, and Jamerson Library has faxing and lamination services. We ask patrons upon entering either library that they silence their cell phones.
Both libraries carry a full selection of magazines, books, movies, and place small orders often so that we may provide a steady supply of new reading and viewing materials. We would like to highlight the following new and donated items; Hugo (DVD), John Carptener’s Vampires (DVD), Curious George: Flies a Kite & other Adventures (DVD) the Bucket List (DVD), Prime (DVD), Punch Drunk love (DVD), Interview With the Vampire (DVD), the Adventures of Tintin (DVD), 11th Hour – James Patterson, Afraid to Die – Lisa Jackson, Dead Level – Sarah Graves, Deadlocked – Charlaine Harris, and Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny – Garrison Keillor (Large Print).
Looking for a book to take on vacation and not have to worry about retuning it? the Jamerson Library has a nice selection of used books for sale at very inexpensive prices. Help us raise money while you take a few to the beach!
Summer Reading starts Saturday, June 2nd. Both libraries will be giving away tote bags, information sheets, reading logs and a small prize for signing up. the library system will be raffling off a pair of bikes to those who qualify by turning in their weekly reading lists.
On Thursday, June 7th, Liberty Baptist Church is sponsoring “Dream big @ the Library”. From 12:00PM – 3:00PM the church will be serving hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and drinks. Features will include an inflatable bounce house, balloon animals, tie-dye (bring your own t-shirt, tote bag, hat or other garment to dye), and much more. There will also be a sign-up station for those who have not signed up for summer reading.
Just like last year, those children that participate in the Wednesday’s story & Craft Time or the Creative Hour will be given attendance punch cards which will qualify them for an “Ice Cream Social” at the Appomattox Christian Academy. On the last day for “Summer Reading story & Craft Time / Creative Hour Wednesday”, (July 11th, 2012), the children will take a bus ride with their parents to the Academy. There they will enjoy ice cream sundaes.
June is Dairy Month and to celebrate we will have Dairy Day on Tuesday June 12th from 1:00PM – 3:00PM in front of the Jameson Library. Bring the kids and “milk” a wooden cow and enjoy cups of ice cream at a treat.
“Adopt a Shelter Cat Month” takes place during the month of June. consider adopting a cat from the local shelter for $5.00. if you are a resident of Appomattox County and decided to take home a new feline friend, AWAG (Animal Welfare Action Group) will help you spay or neuter your new family member for free, just pay the $10.00 fee for a rabies shot. if you can’t adopt one, how about helping one out? You can donate pet food and other pet related items to the donation box in the foyer of the Jamerson Library, to support AWAG. Towels, toys, dry/wet food, bowls, boxes, and beds are always in need. AWAG helps local families and the Appomattox pound, as well as the South Central Spay and Neuter Clinic.
June is also “Audio Book Appreciation Month,” both libraries carry a variety of books on audio tape and CDs. We have something for everyone including children’s, juvenile, young adult and adult fiction, non-fiction and biography. they make the perfect addition to traveling; so hit the road this summer by putting a book in your ear.
Thursday, June 14th, the Nature Zone will present “Un-huggables” from 1:00pm – 2:00pm at the Jamerson Library. what is an un-huggable? make plans to attend and find out! This is a family style event and everyone is welcome to attend.
Come play in the sand. Sandy Candy that is, on Tuesday, June 19th from 1:00pm – 2:30pm in the conference room of the Jamerson Library. come make a tube bracelet filled with edible sand, a.k.a sandy candy!
Thursday, June 21st, the Nature Zone is back for “Snakes Alive” from 1:00pm – 2:00pm in the conference room of the Jamerson Library. come join the fun and find out all sorts of interesting facts about snakes. This is a family style event and everyone is welcome to attend.
Thursday, June 21st at 4:00pm the Book Club will meet in the conference room of the Jamerson Library, this month’s book choice will be any fiction that is set in the Deep South. if you are interested in joining the discussion or the book club you are encouraged to attend.
Tuesday, June 26th staring at 1:00pm the Jamerson Library will be alive with the “Heartbeat of the Library”, a drum circle hosted by Chad Houk, music teacher of the Appomattox Christian Academy. Bring a coffee can, bucket, pot / pan or other type of percussion instrument, gather around and beat out some freeform rhythm and folk music!
The Libraries will be closed on July 4th, and would like to remind patrons that you can return all library-owned materials to the outside book drops located at both branches. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday!
The Jamerson Library will have “Salute to America” on July 6th, starting at 1:00pm to 3:00pm out in front of the library. There will be games, a hula-hoop contest, popcorn, snow cones and learn how to make a handmade whirly gig. Don’t know what a whirly gig is? come out to “Salute to America” and find out!
The next Library Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 17th, at 4:00 p.m. in the conference room of the J. Robert Jamerson Memorial Library. This is a public meeting and you are encouraged to attend.
Need a listing of all our events or more information? We have several options; handouts at the library, listings in our local paper, listings on our website; jrjml.net and our facebook page. use the keywords Summer Reading, Library, Appomattox.
If you have any questions, concerns or comments about this article or other library matters, you are encouraged to call us during normal business hours.
Katharine G. Bloodworth
J Robert Jamerson Memorial Library