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Thursday, May 16, 2013

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Forsyth Public Library Director Rachel Miller calls it a day for “one-stop shopping,” where a big chunk of the entire family’s summer planning can get done all in one setting. That’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 1 at the Forsyth Public Library, when you can sign up for summer reading and register for park programs at the same time. While you’re there, grab a free bag of popcorn.

No one is too young or too old to be part of the “Have Book Will Travel” summer reading journey. From babies to adults, there is a reading club just right for everyone. Start counting your reading hours as soon as you register and begin earning fun prizes. In addition to reading great books, the library’s itinerary is full of fun and fantastic programs. Summer reading programs begin the week of June 3.

Miller thinks there’s no better way to get kids to read than by showing them how much it means to you as a grown-up.

“Reading is a great way to model good habits for your kids,” Miller said. “Kids see their parents reading, and they see that it’s a lifelong hobby that’s fun for all ages.”

Travel with Flat Stanley
Taking a trip this summer? Whether your destination is down the road or around the world, our friend Flat Stanley is eager to keep you company. Simply pick up a Flat Stanley at the library and decorate him however you like. Wherever you go, take a photograph of yourself, your family and Flat Stanley. Send the photo to the library, either by mail or email, and we’ll add your photo to our map. Let’s see how many places Stanley can visit. Full information is available at the library.

You can also download your own Flat Stanley at

VolunTeens needed
Students interested in assisting the Youth Services Staff with programs, program preparation, special projects and more are encouraged to pick up an application at the library.

You must be entering seventh grade through high school to qualify, and you must have the desire to work with younger kids and help out behind the scenes. For more information, call Youth Services Librarian Sandi Hayes at 877-8174 or email You can also message the library on Facebook.

Wednesdays are for Baby TALK from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Families with children from newborns to age 3 are invited to these informal parent/child sessions led by trained instructors. It’s an opportunity to share concerns and celebrate achievements while enjoying books, songs and fingerplays. No registration necessary.

All About Bikes
On Thursday June 6, there will be a program for kids ages 2-5, with stories and crafts featuring bikes and trikes. Decatur Bicycle Shop will add extra fun by dropping by with some special bikes and sharing bike safety tips.

Tuesday afternoons for all ages
From 2 to 3 p.m. June 4, magician Richard Landry will kick off the summer reading program with his family-oriented comedy magic show full of surprises that are bound to bring smiles. Don’t miss out on meeting his friend, Snowball the rabbit.

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