Library schedules fun-filled events
Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 9:05 pm
By GLENDA CAUDLE
Special Features Editor
There is always something going on at the Obion County Public Library. Whether the “stacks” are open for perusing and selecting, the computer carrels are clicking to the “mouse”y movement of multiple users, the comfy couches and chairs are filled with fans of periodicals or the puzzle mavens are hard at work on a new project, each day hums with activity of a general nature.
Then there are the special daily events.
And, finally, there are the crowd-pleasing “extras.”
Among the latter are this week’s CornFest related programs.
East Tennessee mountain storyteller Judy Baker will visit the public reading facility at 1221 East Reelfoot Ave. in Union City Thursday afternoon for a storytelling workshop from 3:45-4:30 and later that evening— from 6-8:30 — as a participant in the Appalachian Music and Storytelling event.
The events are free and are open to all ages.
To participate in the workshop, contact Jarred Clayton or Jenny Virgin by calling the library at 885-7000.
Joining Ms. Baker for the period of storytelling and music will be husband and wife musicians and singers Daniel and Hilary Rose Fleck of Memphis.
Weather permitting, that program will be offered in the park area behind the library building. Participants are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy the evening presented by Friends of the Library.
The Flecks list among their musical influences The Carter Family, Norman Blake and New Lost City Ramblers and a number of per-World War II Southern string bands and country blues artists. They will take the stage at 6 and again at 7:15.
Ms. Baker’s memories of a childhood spent on small farm in upper East Tennessee influence her stories dramatically, although she also draws on a number of familiar themes. She will weave her storytelling magic at 6:30 and again at 7:45.
The combination promises a highly entertaining evening for the whole family.
As the seasons change and September gives way to October, library patrons can take advantage of several other events.
On Oct. 2, children from 6-8 years old can take part in Kid Wii Game Day. Snacks will be provided and registration is required at the circulation desk.
Library fans with an artistic bent or a desire to celebrate the season are invited to take part in the Literary Pumpkin Contest. Pumpkins should be delivered to the library from Oct. 20-23. A list of rules for the contest is available on the website at www.ocpubliclibrary.org and at the circulation desk.
A “Tribute to Tim Burton” is planned to celebrate Halloween. While all details have not been finalized, organizers say there will be a party to mark the special day Oct. 30 and staff will be dressed for the occasion. Decorations at the library will also echo the theme. A children’s Halloween party is also planned, with special games, crafts and snacks in line with the theme. A children’s costume contest is on the agenda, as well.
That evening, in the park area, a Tim Burton movie will be shown. There will also be a teen and adult costume contest.
Completed plans will be announced by the end of the month, a library spokesman said.
Burton is a film maker whose recent updated movies include “Alice in Wonderland,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Planet of the Apes” and “Sleepy Hollow.”
During four scheduled school vacation days — Oct. 8, Nov. 24, Jan. 3 and March 11 — the library will offer enjoyable opportunities for students and parents. The library will be able to welcome up to 50 school-age children for a movie from 10-11:45 each of those mornings; for a lunch break from 11:45-12:30, with families providing brown bag lunches for themselves; and crafts and video games from 12:30-2 in the afternoon.
This is not a baby-sitting event. Parents are encouraged to remain in the library, reading or relaxing, while their children engage in learn and play activities.
Students are required to register for each day’s activities online or at the circulation desk.
From day to day
Ongoing programs at the library include:
• Preschool Story Time on Mondays at 10 a.m.;
• Sit ’n’ Stitch on Tuesdays at 10 a.m.;
• Stampers on Thursdays at 10 a.m.;
• 4-H Craft Project one Wednesday a month at 3:30 p.m.;
• School-age Story Time on Saturdays at 1 p.m.;
• Teen Book Club one Thursday a month at 6 p.m.;
• Jane Austen Book Club one Saturday a month at 10 a.m.;
• Adult Craft Project once each month (to be announced);
• Teen Advisory Group meeting the last Thursday of the month at 6 p.m.;
• Home School Flat Stanley Project the second Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m.;
• Computer classes the last Thursday of the month at 6 p.m.
For more information on new or continuing events, visit the Obion County Public Library website or stop by the facility and ask questions.
Mrs. Caudle may be contacted at glendacaudle @ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 9.22.10