A lot to do this summer at Eatonton-Putnam Library

By Yelena Hensley



Eatonton-Putnam County Library has a few programs for youth ages pre-K through high school, and they are all free.

One is the 2017 Summer Reading program. Each child who reads 20 books or for 20 hours over the summer will get a certificate and may be awarded a book bag while supplies last.  To participate, children must get a reading log from the library, fill it out their reading records and turn it in to the library by July 24.

Every Tuesday of June and July at 2 p.m. there are different events that promise to be both educational and spectacular. Exceptions will be June 27, because the program will be on Thursday that week, on June 29. Also, the library will bee closed Tuesday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday.

The first Tuesday program, named Georgia Mobile Dairy Classroom, took place on June 6 with 103 people attending. Its purpose was to explain the children the importance of dairy products in a nutritional diet, as well as how dairy products are made. To make it more illustrative, little containers with cream were distributed among the children with a request to shake them to “churn” butter. The children enjoyed the exercise, as well as tasting butter they “made” with crackers that were distributed by the library staff. Parents had an opportunity to take photos of their children with a person dressed as a cow. The presentation was conducted by Colby Hunter, the library manager, and Nicole Karstedt, Georgia Mobile Dairy Classroom coordinator. 

At the end, prizes were awarded that included five door prizes donated by Walmart, as well as one adult basket and one kid’s basket donated by the Friends of the Library. Prize drawings will be conducted every Tuesday. 

The second event, named the Southeastern Reptile Rescue was on June 13, after The Messenger’s press time.  According to Hunter, this presentation has been going on every year for at least seven years. Its coordinator, Jason Clark, brings species of reptiles native to Georgia, tells what they are and how to handle them. 

Another summer kids program of the library is Movie Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m.  It started with Moana on June 7 with 62 kids aged 4-14 attending. The last Movie Wednesday is July 19.  Also, LEGO Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. allow kids to build something out of LEGOs while they interact with other children. 

One more program named Adult Reading Program is ongoing and takes place every second Monday of the month. Although named “Adult,” it is actually oriented at the children aged 6-10. It is facilitated by members of C9 (Canine) Angels of Milledgeville, who bring trained rescue dogs so the children can read to them. The idea is that it is easier for the children to open up and read aloud to the dog rather than to a person, because they connect well and are not as shy with animals.  

Another interesting fact about the Putnam County Library is that with its help, people can

get discounts to a few attractions in Georgia, including 63 parks, Center for Puppetry, discounted tickets to Atlanta Zoo and Atlanta Aquarium.  More information can be found at http://www.uncleremus.org/FunPasses.html, call the library 706-485-6768 or visit the library’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/EatontonPutnamLibrary

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