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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!