Registration underway for spring kids' programs

Special to The State Journal Published:

The Paul Sawyier Public Library will begin its spring session of programs for children the week of Feb. 21 and registration is now underway.

All programs are free and open to the public; however, pre-registration for the weekly programs is required. To register your child for any of the following programs, call the Youth Services Department at 223-1658, ext.205, stop by the Youth Services Department, visit the website at, or e-mail

Heres a brief description of each program:

Mother Goose Time is an interactive program for children ages 12-24 months who are accompanied by an adult. Mother Goose Time will meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11a.m. This is a 30-minute program in which short rhymes, songs, finger plays and books are combined in a gentle and intimate program for babies and their caregivers. Parents should select one of the 30-minute sessions for their child to attend. The first sessions of Mother Goose Time will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 21, and Wednesday, Feb. 22.

The Parents & Tots program for 2-3 year olds who are accompanied by an adult will be held on Mondays at 10 a.m., Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. This program is designed to introduce the very young child to simple stories, finger plays, songs, and activities. Parents should select one of the 30-minute sessions for their child to attend. The first sessions will be held on Monday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m., and on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m.

The Storytime program for 4 year olds and up will meet on Thursdays at 11a.m. Storytime is a 45-minute program that involves listening to stories, singing simple songs, crafts, and other activities. The first session of Storytime will be on Thursday, Feb. 23.

Family Fun Night is a one-hour program designed for families and their children ages 4 and up. Family Fun Night will meet on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. It includes stories, crafts, and entertaining activities that the entire family will enjoy. The first session of Family Fun Night will be on Thursday, Feb. 23.

Did you know?

Today is the birth date of Abraham Lincoln, born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County. He was the 16th president of the United States (March 4, 1861-April 15, 1865) and was the first president to be assassinated. His presidency encompassed the Civil War and he was especially remembered for his Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address and his proclamation establishing the last Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day.

African American Authors

Meeting Feb. 18

This month the African American Authors Group will be reading The Oxherding Tale by Charles Johnson. When a slave owner and his African American butler stay up to all hours and are too drunk to face their wives, they decide to switch places in each others beds.

The result is a tale which provides a funny and ironic account of slavery, racism and oppression in the Old South. Everyone is welcome to come join in this group discussion at 10 a.m. Feb. 18 in the directors office at the library. For more information, please call Stacy at 223-1658.

Library Closed

Feb. 19

The library will be closed Sunday, February 19, and Monday, February 20, in observance of Presidents Day. The book drop will be open. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, February 21.

60s Blast Planned

Are you or do you know someone who is 12-18 years of age who is looking for some fun on a Monday evening? Come to the 60s Blast in the Youth Services Department at the library at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27. Join us for far-out music, trivia, food, and make a tie-dye T-shirt! Call the library at 223-1658 ext. 205 for more information about this event.

Celebrate Library

Lovers Month

February is the month for celebration at libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone to recognize the important role libraries play in our local community. Whether you depend on the library for a bestseller, story times, computers, homework assistance or a movie we encourage you to stop by and tell us how much you love your library.

While you are in the library please enter a guess as to how many pieces of candy are in the bowl and you could be the winner of a one-pound box of candy compliments of Rebecca Ruth Candy Factory. Children are also welcome to enter a guess for movie passes and a Curious George poster, courtesy of Regal Entertainment Group.

Winter Reading

Contest underway

Bounce in for a Good Book is in full swing at the library. Fill out a reading log for every five books read and win an antenna ball for your vehicle. Keep reading and turn in those reading logs for a chance to win additional prizes such as a UK autographed basketball; Lexington Legends anniversary baseball; or a Louisville Slugger bat.

Children are encouraged to participate and can pick up and return their reading logs to the Youth Services Department to collect prizes. The Winter Reading Contest will end March 26.


services available

Do you love to read, but are unable to come to the Library because of physical limitations, illness, or other difficulties? Then let the staff of Paul Sawyier Librarys Outreach Services Department offer free selection and delivery of library materials to you.

We can provide regular or large print books, audiocassette tapes, CDs, magazines, and more to individual patrons who are homebound or in senior facilities. For further information, call the Library (502-223-1658 Ext. 111) and ask for Janice or Miller in Outreach Services, or reach them by e-mail at: or

The Paul Sawyier Library is located at 305 Wapping St. Regular hours are: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. After regular hours the bookdrop is available to return books and videos. For further information about the library or any of its programs, call 223-1658 or visit The Youth Service Department closes five minutes before the main library. Any changes in hours will be posted on the front doors.

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