Family Game Day on February 2

Saturday, February 2nd is Take Your Child to the Library Day.  We hope to see many of our young friends this Saturday.  Bring your children to check out a book (or several).  To help celebrate this special day, we are also making it fine-free!  If you have outstanding fines or overdue books, this would be the day to have your debts forgiven.  Please note that this offer only applies to fines for our library.  Fines owed to other libraries or charges for lost items will not be forgiven.

We are also holding a Family Game Day from 1:00-3:00.  Unplug your family for the afternoon and enjoy some old-fashioned board games.  We have many, but you are welcome to bring along a favorite of yours as well.  Hope to see you on Saturday!

Holiday Happenings at the Library

December is a busy month at the library.  All of our holiday books and DVDs are out on display for easy access.  Come in and choose one to put you in the holiday spirit.  We also have two special events planned for families.  On Saturday, December 8th, there will be a Christmas Craft Day, beginning at 1:30 p.m.  Children and their parents can make a variety of crafts and/or Christmas cards.  There will also be an opportunity to write letters to Santa.

On Friday, December 14th, the library hosts a very important guest.  Santa will pay us a visit to read stories and talk with children.  The jolly old elf makes time in his busy schedule every year to stop by the library.  Don’t miss him!  Kids can wear their pajamas if they like.  There will a chance to take photos following the story time.  Hope we see YOU in the library this month!

Summer Wrap-Up

Another year…another successful Summer Reading Program!  We had a wonderful time with all of the kids and adults who took advantage of our special programming.  Why do we say it was a big success?  Here are some stats:  36 children and teens completed the Summer Reading Challenge.  They recorded a whopping 1,201 books read.  16 adults also took the challenge and recorded 218 books.  That’s a lot of reading!

Our summer dance camp offered 11 free classes with a total attendance of 209 people.   Story Times and Monday Club were well-attended.  Lego Club was expanded to two times amonth for the summer.  And we finished the summer with a lively performance by Jim Cruise the Spoon Man, attended by 88 people.  Whew!  We’re tired!  But we certainly proved that our library ROCKED this summer!

Spoon Man Performance Wraps Up Summer Reading Program on August 16

Get set for an evening of fun and hilarity with the ever-popular and always entertaining Jim Cruise, otherwise known as the Spoon Man.  The Deposit Free Library is sponsoring this performance as part of its 2018 Summer Reading Program.  Cruise has been to Deposit before and never disappoints his audience.

The Spoon Man offers an interactive comedy program that is appropriate for all ages.  His performance includes impressions of other musicians, such as Glenn Miller, Elvis Presley, a heavy metal spoon player, and a rap spoon player.  There is a sing-a-long portion of the show, and audience members are encouraged to get into the act.  Be prepared if you come to see the Spoon Man.  You may wind up on stage as part of the Tennessee Mountain Band, complete with wig and costume!  Jim promises that everyone will have the opportunity to “get spooned”.  He also guarantees a stirring performance with a totally clean act.  (He never uses dirty silverware.)

The performance will be held at the State Theatre (across the street from the library).  The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. on August 16th.  Readers who have met their goals during the Summer Reading Challenge will receive prizes and certificates following the performance.

Monday Club for Teens and Tweens

If your kids are too old for Story Time, what can they do at the library?  This summer the answer to that question is to join the Monday Club.  It’s open to all children aged 9-16 and centers around a variety of activities.  The first meeting was held on July 9th.  Participants painted rocks to place around the community.  Each rock has directions to return it to the library, where the finders will be given a choice of a free book!

Monday Club will meet each Monday at 1:00 for the next five weeks.  Next week local photographer Mike Musante will demonstrate techniques for taking better pictures.  Puppetry, bell choirs, and playing with food are all in store for the upcoming weeks.  If you have a bored teen or tween at home this summer, give the club a try!

Free Dance Camp July 17-18

Our Dance Camp was so popular last summer that we are bringing it back!  Dance instructor / choreographer Beth Hesch will return to Deposit for two days of musical dancing fun.  And it’s FREE!  Classes will be offered for children aged 2-14.  Plans call for the following:  Creative Movement for 2-4 year-olds, Twinkletoes Class for ages 5-7, Fancy Feet Class for ages 8-10, and Future Stars Class for ages 11-14.  There will also be a special session for parents and their children on Tuesday evening, July 17.  All classes will be held at the State Theatre across the street from the library.

You don’t need to have any dance experience to join these classes.  All you need are enthusiasm, energy, and a desire to have fun dancing!  Pre-registration is required.  Classes are filling quickly.  Come to the library today to sign up.  Let’s Rock!

Lumberjack Festival Book Sale July 19-21

It’s that time of year again!  Every third weekend in July Deposit celebrates the annual Lumberjack Festival, and the library holds a three-day book sale.  Now is your chance to stock up on summer reading at bargain prices!  Most hardcover books will cost $1.00, while paperbacks will go for 50 cents.  There will be books for all ages and lovers of all different genres.  Mysteries, romances, non-fiction, and more.  Take your time looking for your favorite author, or try someone new.  There will also be a limited number of older (pre-1940) titles for antique / vintage buffs.

The sale will be held on Thursday, July 19 through Saturday, July 21.  Sales begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. each day.  Look for us under the tents on the library lawn.  We’ll see you there!

Register Now for the Summer Reading Challenge!

The annual Summer Reading Challenge has begun!  Sign up today and choose a number of books for your goal.  How many can you read before the ending date of August 15th?  5….10….20….or more?  You decide and fill out a registration form.  Take a tracking sheet home and record the titles of books you read.  Bring it back to the library each week so we can track your progress.  When you meet your goal, you are eligible for prizes! There are weekly raffles for kids and adults 🙂

Please note that this challenge is open to all who love reading – whether you are 8 months old and your parents read to you – or 80 years old and still love a good book!  Take the challenge and READ this summer.

Lego Club Meeting Expanded for the Summer – Two Meetings in August

Our Lego-maniacs have asked for more, and we are giving it to them!  Many families go on vacations during the summer and might be gone the one week we hold Lego Club.  To alleviate that problem, Mrs. Armstrong will be holding Lego Club TWICE A MONTH  during the summer.  The final summer lego Clubs will be held on Saturday, August 11 and Saturday, August 25.  They begin at 1:30 p.m.  Lego Club will return to once a month meetings in September.

All lego lovers age 6 and older are welcome to join us.  The adults often have as much fun building as the kids do.  Bring your imaginations!  Bring your friends!  Your creations will be displayed in the main lobby for all library visitors to enjoy.

Arabic Culture Program

The Deposit Free Library is offering a program about the History and Beauty of the Arabic Culture on Monday, June 25 starting at 5:30pm. Zain Darwish, a native of Syria, who earned his degree in Eastern Studies and Religions from Al-Azhar University in Egypt, will speak about the beauty and history of the Arabic culture and also describe life in an Arabic country.
Darwish worked for five years as an Arabic Language instructor for non-Arab students. If there is interest, he is willing to offer an Arabic language class. In a series of classes, students will be given a general idea of the Arabic language and study the writing and pronunciation of the Arabic alphabet with the goal of being able to conduct simple conversations in Arabic. If interested please contact the library at 607-467-2577.
There is no cost for the program or the class. Please feel free to contact the library for more information.