It may be a few days after Jan. 1, but I trust it's not too late to wish all of you a wonderful New Year. And since it's a new year, it's not surprising that our library has a significant change to report. Beginning this month, the library will be open Friday until 8 p.m. This change is made to better accommodate our patrons who have expressed a wish for Friday evening hours and will allow families to come to the library together. If you have any ideas for programming on a Friday evening, please let a staff member know – or call the library at 563.2014. As a result, our current hours are Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, closed; Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday – closed. Also note that the library will be closed Jan. 21, in honor of Martin Luther King Day. Please let our staff members know whether you find these hours convenient and helpful.
The annual children's winter reading program- Reading is Mammoth Fun - will begin Jan. 22 and extend to March 1. Children from birth (with the help of parents) to grade six are eligible to participate. For more details, contact the library.
Our LEGO Club – open to children from ages 5 to 12 – will reconvene Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. If you're between 5 and 12 and you've never joined the fun, I think you'll be captivated and want to create your own masterpiece.
Does your child or grandchild love to read and/or create his or her own stories? If so, a writing contest under the auspices of PBS (our local station, WVIA) and the sponsorship of Penn College of Technology might be something worth exploring. The contest, PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, is open to children in grades K-3. The entry must be submitted by Feb. 15. This contest has been developed to help children develop their literacy skills; each child will write and illustrate an original story. An entry form, the contest rules, and further details will be available at our library. The national prizes include tablet computers, e-readers and MP3 players. Our adult programs are ready to reconvene. Mondays feature Asian Mah Jong games at 10 a.m.; on Tuesdays there's bridge at 10 a.m., Memoir Writing is the first Tuesday at 4 p.m. and Conscious Conversation at 4 p.m. on all other Tuesdays; on Thursdays there's American Mah Jong at 10 a.m. and on the third Thursday at 1 p.m. (Jan. 17 this month) you can join the knitters' group. Our adult reading discussion group, Saturday Special, will meet Jan. 26 at 10:30 a.m. A Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin is the selection for both January and February; Celeste Cali will facilitate this month's discussion and the concluding discussion of this book will occur Feb. 23 with me, Mary Hart, as the facilitator.
And so this ends with hopes that you will find that some –or maybe all – of these activities will provide an impetus to visit our library. Our staff is always willing to help you find answers to your questions about good books to read or listen to or how to access and make optimum use of our computers. Do stop by.
Mary Keenan Hart is chairperson of the Friends of the Dalton Community Library. Reach her or the library staff with questions at 570.563.2014 or visit www.lclshome.org/dalton.