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Adult Craft Days at the JBCPL

Did you know that your library is now offering Adult Craft Days? Every second Saturday of the month, we host a craft event that is open to those 18 and older. It’s free of charge and all supplies are provided. The only thing you need to do is sign up at the library. WE have a sign up list that we keep up until the day of the program.

This month, we are having a guest presenter and we will be making DIY bath bombs!

For those who don’t know, bath bombs (sometimes called bath fizzies) are items that you drop into your tub after you’ve run your bath water. The reaction between the water and the ingredients in the bath bomb causes it to bubble and fizz until the bath bomb is completely dissolved. They can have a variety of scents and colors.

For our bath bombs this month, we are offering two scents: chocolate and strawberry, in honor of Valentines Day. However, if you sign up, don’t feel like you are restricted to just those two scents. Bring your own essential oils and you can customize your scents. Right now, with all the sinus congestion and stuffy noises, eucalyptus oil or peppermint oil makes for a nice bath bomb that helps you breathe a little easier.

We are not offering any special colors (sorry!) but there are plenty of resources online that will show you how to color your bath bombs in a way that won’t stain your tub.

So, if you are interested in participating in this month’s Adult Craft Day (which will be on February 10 at 10:30a), come by the library and sign up. All we are asking for is your name, phone number, and/or email. We will only contact you if we are cancelling the program! We are limited to the first 24 people for this month’s program.

For March’s Adult Craft Day, we will be painting terra cotta flower pots in time for your spring planting. Again, you must sign up in advance. It will held on March 10th at 10:30a. The limit for this program will be 24 as well. Sign up list will be available on February 12th or 13th.

 

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New Hours in February

Everyone enjoying the cold weather? Get ready for more, if the weather forecasts prove to be true. We should still be here at our usual times, unless the county decides to delay openings. We don’t want anyone getting hurt!

 

In February, the library will have new hours. These will be in place until further notice.

Monday: 9a-6p

Tuesday: 10a-7p

Wednesday: 9a-6p

Thursday: 10a-7p

Friday: 9a-5p

Saturday: 10a-2p

Sunday: Closed

 

These hours will start on February 1st, 2018. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the library in any method (come in, call, Facebook, etc.)

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January Events and Happenings at the Jackson-Butts County Public Library

First off, let me apologize for the length between posts. Life at the library got crazy trying to adjust from summer reading to school time. We’ll do much better this new year; consider it one of the library’s resolutions.

 

In January, we have quite a few events happening. Some are old friends, some are new efforts. Please consider trying them out.

January 1- Library will be closed for New Year’s Day. Have a safe and happy one! We will reopen Tuesday at 9am.

January 11- Library Board of Trustees meeting at 4:30p; Family Craft Night from 5p-7p

January 13- Adult Craft Day at 10:30a. Check out our blog post on this new event!

January 15- Library will be closed in observance of MLK Jr. Day. We will reopen Tuesday at 9am.

January 16- Our children’s storytime is starting back up after a holiday break. This program is designed for children 5 and under and is held every Tuesday at 10am. If you have any questions, just swing by the library or contact us. We’ll be happy to help you out.

January 23- Family Craft Night from 5p-7p. This will be a different craft than the earlier craft night this month, so make sure to check out both!

Also, make sure to come in and check out our wonderful displays and community displays. We strive to change them up every month, and include books that may strike your interest. Hey, it’s a new year; why not try a new book?

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New Hours and New Events

Hey everyone!

It’s been a bit, but we’ve been in full swing at the library. With Summer Reading, Back to School, and more, it’s been a little crazy, but a whole lot of fun at the Jackson-Butts County Public Library.

We have a few updates and upcoming events to share with you.

First, the library hours have recently changed. We are now open until 8p on Tuesdays and Thursdays only! Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, we are open until 6p.

Second, our Family Craft Nights are returning! Our first one will be held in the later part of August (date still to be decided). We will let everyone know, both here and on our facebook page (click here for our Facebook page).

Third, we are in the process of planning several more programs for the upcoming solar eclipse. We will have at least two more (one for the general public and one aimed primarily for the younger ones). When we have firm dates, we will let you know. We are still waiting to hear back from the program organizers.

For those who have heard rumors, yes, we do have solar eclipse viewing glasses. We will be handing them out only at programs and the week leading up to the eclipse. We are trying to encourage everyone to come to at least one of the programs, and we only have a limited supply of the glasses. So, please, make sure to check out our programs! And you may get enough for your household, but we ask that you only take what you really need. This will allow us to provide glasses to as many people as possible. If you have any questions about the solar eclipse programs, feel free to call the library (770-775-7524) or message us on Facebook.

Summer Readers: don’t forget, you can pick up your reading certificates at the library anytime. Also, don’t forget to log your hours and come claim your prizes! They are all here at the library!

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Did you know?

Did you know that your child could get free tickets just for reading? The Georgia Public Library Service has partnered with our Georgia sports teams to offer children (grades K-12) free tickets if they read books!

The Atlanta Braves Home Run Readers program requires that children read on book on sportsmanship or sports (suggested reading list is available online), complete an online activity, and recieve a certificate. This certificate is then brought into the library where we will give you a code to redeem for free tickets! (One ticket per child!) You must redeem the codes at least 48hrs before the game you wish to attend. Visit http://www.braves.com/reading to find out more, or swing by the library and we’ll help you out!

The Atlanta Hawks’ Check It Out Reading Challenge requires a little more from your child. They have to read 5 books, but it can be any book that your child chooses. You must go online to fill out the registration form after your child reads the books. The deadline to read is August 26, 2017, and ticketing information will be emailed out after October 5, 2017. In order to recieve the one free child’s ticket, an adult ticket must be purchased. Visit http://www.checkitoutreading.com for more information.

Finally, the newest partnership is with the new hockey team from Atlanta, the Atlanta Gladiators! Their Hat Trick for Reading Challenge requires kids to read at least 3 books from the library. Then, you need to go online and fill out the registration form. The deadline is September 22, 2017, and ticketing information will be sent out after September 29, 2017. The free child ticket does requires the purchase of an adult ticket. There is not choice when selecting game dates. Visit http://www.atlantagladiators.com/hattrick to find out more.

We hope to see everyone at the Jackson-Butts County Public Library soon! Don’t forget to sign up for our Summer Reading Program and check out our awesome programs!

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SUMMER SLIDE

It’s now time for Summer Reading! Our theme this year is “Build a Better World!” Help your children learn how to make the world a better place by bringing them to the library this summer!

Did you know that “summer slide” is a real thing that can affect your children after school lets out? “Summer Slide” is what happens when students lose some of their achievement gains that they made during the school year. Their reading level slips, they forget how to do math problems, they can’t remember different terms that they were taught during the school year. This is especially prominent in lower income areas, such as ours. Here are some statistics, collected over the past few years:

Children in low-income households fall behind an average of 2 months in reading during the summer. And, summer slide is cumulative, with these learning losses building up each summer.

Summer learning loss accounts for two-thirds of the 9th grade achievement gap in reading between students from low-income households and their higher-income peers.

Students from low-income households with access to books over the summer see significantly more gains in reading scores from spring to fall than students from high-income households with access to books and those from low-income households without access to books.

Differences in children’s summer learning experiences during their elementary school years can ultimately impact whether they earn a high school diploma and continue to college.

To help prevent this dreaded summer slide, bring your children to the Jackson-Butts County Public Library this summer! Not only will we have some amazing programs, but we can find a book your child loves! Help us make your children better readers and better learners!