|by AllAroundGordon.com / Calhoun, GA / John Shivers
Registration is underway now for Summer Reading Activities at the Calhoun-Gordon County Library. This includes special programs for both children and adults. In addition to reading books and other materials, participants are encouraged to sign up for activities geared especially for each age group.
Children's summer programming for youngsters fifth grade and under will happen this year at the GEM Theatre at 114 N. Wall Street in Historic Downtown Calhoun. For the four Mondays in June, there will be a different emphasis and each program begins at 11:00 a.m.
Monday, June 4, Jeffini the Great will present "Jeffini's Reading Rock Star Show," using magic, music and puppets to encourage children to read and love music.
Monday June 11, "Wild West: The Mystery of the Golden Piano," a program of science and storytelling will be presented by ScienceTellers.
Monday June 18, kids will sing along, play along, and laugh along with Fiddlin' Dan.
Ending the four programs on Monday, June 25, will be the Animal Adventures of Robin Pressley-Keough, a former exotic animal trainer and zoo educator, who brings her furry friends to meet kids and show them how animals rock!
Adults registered for Summer Reading have the opportunity to participate in Classical Paint Pouring on Monday, June 4, from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. at the library.
Monday, June 11, the program will be Note-worthy Polymer Bead Bracelets from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Monday June 18, it will be a combination of music and painting from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Monday June 25, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. the theme will be DIY Musical Wind Chimes.
Teen readers at the library will have the opportunity on Saturday, June 2, to participate in a Teen Lock-in from 3:00 p.m. 'til 6:30 p.m. There will be a Virtual Reality Machine, pizza, Nerf wars and more. Parental signature is required to participate in this activity.
Four other special programs geared at teens will happen in June. Tuesday, June 5, middle school students will explore "The Science of Sound" from 4:00 'til 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, high school students will participate in the same program from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
The Art of Sound Paint Night will happen for middle schoolers on Tuesday, June 12, and for high school students on Thursday, June 14, from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. Middle school students will concentrate in acrylic medium and high schoolers will delve into watercolor painting.
Engineering Sound with DYI Washer Wind Chimes will be the theme of the middle school program on Tuesday, June 19. High school students on Thursday, June 21, will create DIY Tribal Drums from 4:00 'til 6:00 p.m.
Ending the summer of special programming will be Designing Sound with metal stamped guitar picks on Tuesday, June 26th for middle school students and Thursday, June 28 for high school students. Both sessions are from 4:00 'til 6:00 p.m.
The library is located at 100 N. Park Avenue in Calhoun, and pre-registration is required for the adult and teen programs. Additional information is available by calling 706.624.1456. Like the library on Facebook at Calhoun Gordon County Library. Follow the library on Instagram at Calhoungalib and follow them on Twitter at Calhoungalib.
Additional on-going programming happening in June at the library includes Free Breakfast and Lunch for ages 18 and under Monday through Friday beginning Monday, June 4 and running through Friday, July 27. This is part of the Seamless Summer Feeding Nutrition Program in partnership with the Calhoun City Schools. Breakfast times are 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 .m. and lunch is served from 12 Noon 'til 1:30 p.m.
The Brown Bag Book Club meets every fourth Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Friday, June 22, Carl, a Golden Retriever and Sue Van Buren will be at the library from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for reading with the children, where the children actually read to Carol. Carl and Sue are both licensed by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs.
Free English as a Second Language (ESOL) classes are held each Saturday at the library from 10:00 a.m. 'til 12:00 Noon. No documentation is required and free childcare is available to those attending class.
Saturdays are also Family Lego Day, when parents are invited to come between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon to build Legos with their kids.
Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., the library holds Baby Lap Sit & Sign for babies under the age of 2. For children age 5 and under, Noni's Nook each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. offers stories and handcrafts.