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Column: May wraps up book clubs, preps summer events at library

4:49 PM, Apr. 30, 2013  |  Comments
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Read Around the World at the Colby Public Library will be featuring books and movies about Mexico during May. Also, a display of gardening and landscaping materials has been created - yes, summer is finally coming!

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. The CPL is happy to announce that the installation of a hearing loop system has been completed. People with hearing aids simply need to turn their devices to the T-coil setting when entering the library. Then, with the equipment recently installed by Consulting With Clarity of Colby, library personnel are able to speak in regular tones to ensure the confidentiality of library issues with patrons. Stop in to learn more and give new system a try.

The book clubs are wrapping up for the season. The afternoon book club will meet at 1 p.m. May 21. A potluck lunch will be enjoyed while discussing the book "The Postmistress" by Sarah Blake.

The evening book club will begin with garden party hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m. May 15. (Note the time change.) The book for discussion is "The Forgotten Garden" by Kate Morton.

Craft/Hobby Night will begin at 4 p.m. May 17 in the Colby City Hall Community Room. Doors open at 4 p.m. to work on individual projects of interest. A demonstration that evening on crocheted scrubbies by Linda Lysne will be featured at 6 p.m. Bring a crochet hook (any size K-Q) and yard (72 inches wide) of nylon netting - the rougher the better - for each scrubbie you would like to make.

Also, if you have always wanted to learn to tie quilts, a quilt on a quilting frame designed by Ed Brown of Colby will be set up. Practice tying a surgeon's square knot and join the fun. Bring a treat to share, if you desire, and a friend.

The summer reading program, with the theme "Dig Into Reading!" for ages 3 to 12 and "Beneath the Surface" for teens, is being planned. Local schools will visit in May to preview the exciting ideas offered for summertime reading. Fliers will be available later in the month with all the details for the summer reading program for youth ages 3 to 19, a reminder about the 1,000 Books Before the End of Kindergarten program for children from birth on, and a summary of 2013 CPL Service Project: Hot Diggity Dog (and Cat) collection for local humane societies.

Candidates for the summer "Volunteen" program are encouraged to visit the library to learn about volunteer positions available. Teens must have a flexible schedule to help with story times, craft times, the Cheese Days Book Sale and a host of other activities.

Speaking of the book sale, as you are doing spring cleaning or closing up a garage sale, remember the library collects books, movies and CDs all year long for the Cheese Days Book Sale. This year's dates are July 18, 19 and 20. Items should be gently used and have sale stickers removed. No Reader's Digest Condensed books or magazines, please.

The 1,000 Books Before (the end of) Kindergarten program continues for children from birth through the end of 5-year-old kindergarten. This continuous program allows for registration at any time and is a way for parents and children to enjoy the benefits for sharing reading time together. Dillion Sockness of Owen was the first boy to finish the program. Kara Larsen of Abbotsford was the first girl to complete her 1,000 books.

Our new website is www.colbypubliclibrary.org, and we invite everyone to visit it to see its new and updated style. Also, remember we can add your email address to your patron record if you would prefer to receive library notices in this form. By doing so, it saves time and money for us all.

The library will be closed May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

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