With a successful 2015 under its belt, the Carnegie Public Library in Washington Court House has announced several events coming in 2016 that will entertain all ages.
Sarah Nichols, director of the Carnegie Public Library, reviewed 2015 on Tuesday. Despite being saddened by the loss of the previous director, Poppy Girton, who passed away last summer, Nichols said they have been adjusting and moving forward while preparing to continue doing what they do best, enrich the lives of families in Fayette County.
“For 2015 our numbers are still strong,” Nichols said. “We are still circulating tons of books and we have seen a definite increase in the amount of eBooks we have been circulating. The library is a member of the Ohio Digital Library which is a consortium of libraries throughout the state. I just got an email from the director there stating that Overdrive, our vendor for eBooks, has recognized the Ohio Digital Library as a top performer in the nation. Collectively, the libraries involved around Ohio including us, circulated over three million items in 2015. It has been a real record-breaking year.”
As for events, Nichols and the staff at the library have come up with plenty of ideas to keep the entire family coming back month after month. The full list of events can be found on the library’s website at www.cplwcho.org and includes adult programs, children story times and more.
Beginning on a Saturday (to be announced) in January and continuing each month, the library will hold a story time for children in preschool and younger. Nichols encourages everyone to keep with the website for specific dates and times for these events. Also beginning Tuesday, the second year of the First Lego League Jr. will begin. This program teaches the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through Lego building bricks. Last year this program sent several students to the national competition where they received a trophy.
Another interesting new event which will be available is the Color Therapy, an adult coloring class which is designed to teach tranquility and peace through coloring. Also, beginning this Friday at 4 p.m. and continuing every other month, the 2016 Adult Book Club will cover the more classic novels. The club will begin on the book, To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. Nichols describes this as a no commitment, no pressure book club and invites even those who disliked the book to come talk about it.
For slightly older children, the Fabric Fashion Fun for Tweens, which will be held on Monday, Jan. 11 at 4:30 p.m., is for grades three and up. The program will help kids turn everyday fabrics into cool creations using the sewing makerspace.
Between January and February, a five-week series hosted by local certified health coach Deb Rhoads, called “Let’s Talk,” will give attendees a little food for thought for your mind, body and spirit. On Jan. 14 the discussion will be “DIET Really is a Four Letter Word,” on Jan. 21 the discussion will be “The Big Grocery Store Mystery,” on Jan. 28 the discussion will be “Now or Later – Investing for Life,” on Feb. 4 the discussion will be “You Gotta Move,” and finishing up on Feb. 11, the discussion will be “What Are You Thinking?”
“I would recommend to everyone to continually check on the website where updates will be posted,” Nichols said. “We also have a newsletter that encompasses all the events for a few months at both libraries in the county. I really encourage the community to come and use the library, not only is it going to be filled with events the next few months for all ages, it is also a great place to learn. The library can give you many tools for life-long learning and open a window to vast new worlds.”
More events will be announced throughout the next few months. Stay with the Record-Herald as these dates and times are announced and make time to visit the Carnegie Public Library with the family this year.
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