2018-09-12 / Community

First Friday Breakfast Held

Catherine Vanstone speaks to First Friday members. Catherine Vanstone speaks to First Friday members. The program for the First Friday Chamber Breakfast was the Miller County – James W. Merritt, Jr. Memorial Library sponsored by Ponder Enterprises/Hardee’s. Assistant Director Catherine Vanstone shared information on some longstanding library programs as well as some new exciting events taking place. Some of the community’s favorite programs include the summer reading program, the book club, computer classes and story time. Libraries Rock was a huge success with 512.5 hours read by 98 children this summer. Over 260 children attended the summer’s programs. With over 30 members, the First Tuesday Book Club will discuss I Found You by Lisa Jewell in October. There is still plenty of time to request a book by calling the library at 758-3131. Introductory computer classes are being held next week and the library loves receiving requests for specific computer classes. Donna Weeks’ Toddler Time is held on the third Thursday of the month at 10 AM.

The library is now offering various gaming activities to ensure children of all ages find the library fun and engaging. Chess Club is offered the 4th Thursday of the month at 4 PM. We hope the young and old will challenge each other as they practice their chess skills. For kids who love video games, the library offers Fortnite at the Library on the 2nd Tuesday at 4 PM and Minecraft Club on the 2nd Thursday at 4 PM. As the library is able to provide a limited number of devices, we encourage those who can to bring their own device.

You can find the library in many places in the community outside of the library building. The Southwest Georgia Regional Library bookmobile visits the Miller County Senior Center, Miller County Nursing Home, and Miller County Headstart providing reading material each month. In addition, the library shares stories twice a month with Miller County Pre-K and Miller County Headstart. You can also visit state parks, Chehaw Park, Zoo Atlanta, the Center for Puppetry Arts, and the Carlos Museum at Emory University for free with a pass from the library.

The Southwest Georgia Library for Accessible Services offers digital reading material for the visually impaired and physically handicapped. By enrolling in the Talking Books program, you can have your material sent via the mail along with a machine to play the special recording. Information about enrolling in the program is available at the library.

If you can’t make it to the library make sure you download eBooks, eAudiobooks, and magazines from the library’s website at www.swgrl.org. You can also download a PINES app for your Android and iPhone to help keep track of due dates, place holds, and renew items. The Miller County – James W. Merritt, Jr. Memorial Library is open Monday – Friday 10 am to 5:30 PM.

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