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Special to The State Journal Published:

March is Youth Art Month so why not show your creativeness by painting a picture? The Youth Services Department at the Paul Sawyier Library 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.

Mini-sale set for April 3

The Friends of Paul Sawyier Public Library are delighted with the quality of the books donated for the Friends Giant Spring Book Sale. In honor of National Library Week, the Friends will hold a one-day mini-sale to highlight some of these quality books.

The sale will be Monday, April 3, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., on the first floor of the library. Proceeds will be used to help pay the costs of the stained glass window to be installed in the Children's Section of the new library. But if you unable to make this preview sale, plan to attend the Giant Spring Book Sale scheduled for May 18-20.

Computer classes scheduled

Computer classes are scheduled to begin on April 4. These classes are offered free to those with little or no computer experience. Classes are taught using Windows XP and are held in the Leeco Room of the Library. No sign-up is necessary.

Computer Basics. This class is designed for those with little or no computer experience. Learn to use the mouse and navigate the desktop. Class dates: April 4 from 9-11a.m. or April 12 from 9-11.

Essential Computer Skills. This new class is designed to be the next level of Computer Basics. Learn to cut, copy, paste and save text. There will be instruction on text formatting and using the help feature. Class dates: April 4, 1-3 p.m.; April 10, 9:30-11:30; or April 12, 1-3pm. Must have had Computer Basics class.

Library Catalog. This class focuses on the use of the library computer catalog. Learn to search for materials by title, author or subject. Learn to place holds and access your account from home or work. Class dates: April 6, 1-2 or 2-3 p.m.; April 11, 9-10 or 10-11 a.m.

Using EBay and PayPal. This class is designed to help the beginner learn to set up an EBay account, sell and buy items, and make payments using PayPal. Must have previous computer experience. April 5, 9 a.m.-noon, or April 10, 1-4.

Introduction to E-mail. Are you ready to send an email to friends or family? This class is for you! Learn how to set up a Yahoo e-mail account and send/receive messages. Class dates: April 5, 1-2 or 3-4 p.m.; April 7, 10-11 a.m., or April 11, 1-2.

For questions contact Mark at 223-1658 or email mark@pspl.org.

Appalseeds: Appalachian

heirloom seed starting workshop

Appalseeds now has a full registration list for the workshop on April 8. Thank you to all who registered early and we look forward to seeing you at the Franklin County Extension Office at 10 a.m. on the 8th. Those who still wish to register may call the library at 223-1658 and will be placed on a waiting list.

Top non-fiction reads

Looking for a great non-fiction book? The Library has some titles that you might enjoy. Marley & Me by John Grogan, The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman, Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt, The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren, Manhunt by James L. Swanson, The Sonoma Diet by Connie Gutterson, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin and Youre Wearing That? by Deborah Tanner are just to name a few. Come on in and check them out.

The Literary South:

Old and New

Richard Taylor will be the host for a Southern literature book group at the Library. The Literary South: Old and New will feature works by local and well-known authors such as Bobbie Ann Mason; Wendell Berry; Ernest Gaines and William Faulkner. The first meeting of the group will be April 27 at 7 p.m. and will continue every three weeks through June 29.

The titles of the books are: A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines (April 27); Shiloh and Other Stories by Bobbie Ann Mason (May 18); Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry (June 8); and As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (June 29).

For more information about this discussion group please contact Stacy at 223-1658 or email stacy@pspl.org. Make plans to join us for some lively and interesting discussions on these remarkable literary works.

Did you know

March 26, 1874, is the birth date of Robert Lee Frost, one of Americas leading 20th century poets. Frost tried his hand at farming, teaching, shoemaking and editing before winning acclaim as a Pulitizer Prize winner. Some of Frosts more famous poems are The Death of the Hired Man; Mending Wall; The Road Not Taken and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. He was born in San Francisco, Calif., and died at Boston, Massachusetts, Jan. 29, 1963 at the age of 89.

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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