Variety of activities set for library this week

Special to The State Journal Published:

The Youth Services Department will host a board game night for 12-18 year olds on Monday, March 20, from 6-7:30 p.m. Come on in for fun, pizza and prizes. Bring your friends and your appetite. Try your luck at UNO, Taboo, and Trivial Pursuit or play a board game you loved when you were younger.

The program is free and no registration is required. Call the Youth Services Department at the library at 223-1658 ext. 205 for more information.

Spring Fever Week

This is National Spring Fever week. In the Northern Hemisphere, spring begins Monday, March 20, with the vernal equinox at 1:26 p.m., EST. In the Southern Hemisphere it is the beginning of autumn. The sun rises due east and sets due west everywhere on Earth (except near poles) and the daylight length is virtually the same everywhere on this day: 12 hours, 8 minutes.

Create a masterpiece

March is Youth Art Month so why not show your creativeness by painting a picture? The Youth Services Department is hosting an art event where you can discover the artist inside you.

Anyone between the ages of 8-11 is welcome to join us on Monday, March 27, starting at 6 p.m. Choose from pastels, watercolors, colored pencils, and more to create your own masterpiece!

The program is free and no registration is required. Call the Youth Services Department at the Paul Sawyier Public Library at 223-1658 ext. 205 for more information.

Bounce In

While the winter reading contest, Bounce In For A Good Book, is nearing completion, you still have some time left to complete your reading logs for a chance to win this years special prizes. Simply read five books, fill out a log, and drop it off at the library. The last day for the contest is March 31.

If you have completed a reading log but did not pick up your antennae ball just stop by the front desk. Children can drop their reading logs off in the Youth Services Department and collect a special prize.

Appalseeds: Appalachian heirloom

seed-starting workshop

The library and Franklin County Extension Office will be co-hosting a workshop about starting heirloom garden plants on April 8 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Extension Office, 101 Lakeview Ct. The program features a 30-minute presentation on the history and husbandry of tomatoes and other plants. There will be instructions, hands-on experience, and information about the best books, videos and websites for gardeners.

Participants 14-and-up receive their choice of seeds from six varieties of heirloom, open-pollinated tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and tomatillos. There will also be tomato or pepper seedlings to transplant and take home. This workshop is limited to 50 participants so pre-registration is required. Please call the library at 223-1658 or the Franklin County Extension Office at 695-9035 to register.

Group to discuss

Southern literature

A book discussion group that will feature southern literature written by local, well-known authors is forming. The Literary South: Old and New will be hosted by Richard Taylor and will focus on four titles, A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines; Shiloh and Other Stories by Bobbie Ann Mason; The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry, and As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner.

The first meeting of the group will be on April 27 and will continue every three weeks through June 8. For more information about joining this book group please call Stacy at 223-1658 or email stacy@pspl.org.

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 www.pspl.org. 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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