Saturday, May 30, 2009

LaFayette Summer Library Programs

LaFayette Library Welcomes Summer

The Library welcomed Summer a little early this year. LaFayette Library entertained 112 children and parents on Saturday during the Summer Library Program Kick-off party. This year the theme, "Be Creative", was eveident in the new attractions offered during the two-hour celebration. Face painting drew a large crowd and the most popular requests were for Auburn and Alabama symbols. Also new to the party this year, were the Pony rides. The Slay family graciously brought several beautiful ponies and offered free rides to both the young, and the "not so young". The Butterfly Making table proved to be a truly creative addition to the Summer Kick-off this year. Children made butterflies from coffee filters and clothes pins. Of course, glitter and glue completed the beautiful crafts.

Children of all ages also delighted in the Giant slide, tossed rings for prizes in the Ring Toss game, and went "fishing" for prizes in the Fishin' Game. Popsicles were available to keep everyone cool during the outdoor fun. Inside the Library, children began to check out books to earn prizes and recognition in the Reading Program.

LaFayette Library will continue to offer fun, free summer programming through July. Highlights in the summer schedule include: Rick Rakestraw's Critter Junction, Aussie Jon, Learning Through Song, Create and Express Yourself Craft Day, field trips, and Jim Aycock's Mixed Up Music. Don't miss the fun. Summer schedules are now available.

Every Monday in June the Library will show movie classics for children as a part of the Monday Movie Madnessseries. Parents and children may come enjoy a great movie based on classic children's literature. Among the movies to be shown are: The Tales of Despereaux, Charlotte's Web, and Babe. The movies are free and a snack will be provided.

The library offers programs for teens and adults too. Every Tuesday in June the Library offers a teen only program. Movies, a Game Day, and a Teen Coffeehouse are scheduled for the Teen Summer program, Express Yourself. Teens may stop by the library to pick-up a summer schedule and learn about earning prizes by reading. Lunch N Learn, the noon-time Library series continues through July. On June 17, the Alabama Welcome Center will share information about little-known vacation spots right here in Alabama.

LaFayette Library offers services for everyone. Looking for something to do this summer? Attend an event, browse our collection, or just relax and read.
Stop by the library this summer and... Check it Out.

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Return of the Soap Lady

LaFayette has truly embraced Sandra McLeroy and her homemade soaps. Ms. McLeroy, a welcomed speaker at LaFayette Library, will return on May 21 for Lunch N Learn.
Sandra McLeroy began making homemade soap out of a need to manage her child’s eczema. She learned through study that real soap, made from lye, was actually less damaging to skin than many other factory-made cleansers.

Learn how Sandra makes soap, what she puts into every bar and how different ingredients produce varied results. Come to the LaFayette Library on May 21 at 12 pm to have some good clean fun. Lunch is provided. Call 864-0012 to reserve your lunch today.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Be Creative! Summer Library Programs

You are invited to Be Creative at the library this summer. The fun begins with our Kick-Off on Saturday, May 30, from 11 am to
1 pm. Enjoy a giant slide, pony rides, popcorn and games for free.

We will have exciting and fun programs every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in June. Watch a movie, make a craft, experience magicians,
musicians, comedians. Fiddlin’ Dan, the Mountain Man, Aussie John and his didgeridoo, critters and reptiles will be here, too! On Friday nights in July, join us for air-conditioned indoor movies. Field trips are part of the plan. All programs are free to attend and everyone is welcome.

We’ll end it all on July 24 for Awards Night.

Program schedules are available now at Bradshaw and LaFayette libraries.

Come join us for the fun!

Dr. Tranqui and Dr. Martin Present at Next Lunch N Learn

Two local surgeons, Dr. Phil Tranqui and Dr. Patrick Martin, will be the featured speakers at the special Lunch and Learn program of the Bradshaw Library scheduled for Friday, May 8. Both doctors will speak on the latest techniques in the practice of surgery and will answer questions from program participants after speaking.

Dr. Tranqui was bron in Canada and earned a 4-year Bachelor of Science Honors Degree in Biology followed by a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He earned his Medical Doctor degree at the University of Ottawa followed by a 5-year residency in General Surgery.

Dr. Tranqui opened his practice with Lanier Health Services in July, 2006.

Dr. Martin completed his undergraduate studies at Auburn University and his medical school degtree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He completed his residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi followed by specialty training in trauma/sports at St. John's Hospital in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He recently completed a joint reconstruction fellowship in Phoenix, Arizona in 2007.

In making the announcment of the program, Chambers County Library Director Mary Hamilton stated that "We are so proud to offer such a program to our community. I'm sure we will have a good crowd anxious to learn about surgical techniques. Both Dr. Tranqui and Dr. Martin are well-known throughout this area as very competent surgeons. We look forward to hearing them and appreciate their willingness to be with us."

Registration is now underway. Please call the library at 768-2161 to reserve a complimentary lunch which will be served at 11:30 a.m. Presentations will begin at noon with a question and answer period to follow.

Free Professional Puppet Performance

Bradshaw Library has announced the return performance of Atlanta Puppet Company.

Peter and Mary Ann Hart, master puppeteers, will be bringing their new show, "Animalympics," to the library. This free show will be presented on Thursday evening, May 7, at 6:30 p.m.

Peter Hart has long been regarded as one of the finest and most skillful professional puppeteers in the South. His exceptional talents have received praises from audiences at Walt Disney World / Epcot, the Georgia Governor's Mansion, Six Flags Over Georgia, Centennial Park, the 1996 Olympics and in Europe. He has performed as head puppeteer in over 70 different professional puppetry productions.

Mary Ann Hart, is a skilled professional performer whose talents include puppetry, mime, theatrical movement and circus arts. She is a certified instructor with the National Discipline Based Arts in Education Program (DBAE).

The Harts have also constructed and performed puppets for the Cartoon Network, Burger King, the Tourism Bureau of Quebec, Turner Broadcasting, the United Way, Coca Cola and other corporate clients.

As a special treat, following the show, audience members will be invited to make a puppet of their own to take home. Atlanta Puppet provides all the materials needed for this fun filled, hands-on craft activity.

Different colored heads and a variety of body shapes give young puppet makers an opportunity to express their creativity. In just minutes, a colorful creation can be made with no two puppets looking just alike.

Please note that although the evening is free, seating is limited, so it is necessary to call for reservations. The number is 334-768-2161.