With the help of the Putnam County Library Friends’ President Andrea Batson, we were fortunate enough to receive an advocacy grant from the Friends of Tennessee Libraries to debut Sensory Story Time during the Summer Reading Program this year.
Sensory Story Time is an interactive and educational program that can be enjoyed by all children but is especially designed for young children with sensory integration challenges. We offered two sessions, one on June 28th at 10:00 a.m. and again on June 21st at 3:00 p.m. Library Assistant Sarah Crawford-Tucker and I put together seven different sensory stations for children and parents to explore: water beads, sensory bags with a light table, scooter board obstacles, hula hoops, scratch and sniff sticker book making, water station, and a fine motor tweezer activity.
Prior to sensory station exploration, children sat down for a brief story time, not unlike a typical story time. We followed a picture schedule so that children had a visual of what would come next and incorporated stories and songs involving movement. At the conclusion of each session we had a table set up with a variety of books recommended for sensory story time that each child could take home with them along with a goodie bag of small sensory toys.
Children actively participated in the story time and enjoyed all of the hands on activities involved in each station. We received good feedback from parents and caregivers which encouraged us to add Sensory Story Time to the calendar once a month!
Sensory Story Time happens again Friday August 25th at 10:00 a.m. and is recommended for preschool age children.
For a full schedule of events happening at our libraries, visit pclibrary.org.
The Putnam County Library will once again present “Eclipses Explained” this Saturday, August 19 at 10:30 a.m. This fun, educational program is appropriate for all ages. NASA certified experts, Dr. Mary Kidd and Dr. Stephen Robinson of TTU, will provide information to families about the total solar eclipse and the science behind why they happen. Attendees of this program will receive a free pair of eclipse viewing glasses. Supplies are limited.
Thanks to WCTE we will also have special guest Jet Propulsion from PBS Kids show Ready Jet Go!
Solar viewing glasses are provided by STAR_Net – a production of the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning in collaboration with the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the Afterschool Alliance. Major funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the National Institutes of Health.
Check out the full schedule of events happening around Putnam County at Cookeville SEE https://visitcookevilletn.com/solar-eclipse.
Monterey Branch Quilt Club
The Quilt Club at the Monterey Branch Library offers quilters of all skill levels a chance to meet and encourage one another. Share your current quilting project with others this Tuesday at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come join. For questions call Ms. Dean at the Monterey Branch Library at (931) 839-2103.
Baxter Book Bunch
The Baxter Book Bunch will meet this Friday at 11:15 a.m. at the Baxter Branch Library to discuss When Mountains Move by Julie Cantrell. This event is open to the public. New attendees are welcome.
Celebrate the eclipse with Mrs. Donovan at Storytime this week. Stories will include Rosha and the Sun by Mary Jo Gerson, Papagayo by Gerald McDermott, and the Native Alaskan legend How Raven Brought Light to the People. Storytime at the Putnam County Library is held each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10 a.m.
As part of our Summer Reading Program, Build a Better World, the Putnam County Library would like to invite children of all ages to join us this Tuesday, July 11 at 10 a.m. as we work on Creating Our Community.
This program will introduce children to local landmarks and discuss the idea of community. It will begin with a community themed story time by children’s librarian, Chelsea Gifford.
Everyone will then work with art education teacher Breanna Kincaid to create a collaborative artwork of our town buildings and special places. They will also have the opportunity to create a take home painting to remind them that they are a small part of something bigger. We will be using acrylic paint on canvas, so please dress appropriately!
Through this program, we hope to encourage social interaction, tactile learning, idea sharing, and the use of various resources to create a lasting work of art that represents this wonderful community of which we are a part.
In addition to a take home piece of art, each child will also be able to take home a book to keep. We believe that every child should have access to books in the home. Our hope is that by providing children with a fun, educational hands-on program and a book that they can take home, we will nurture a generation of lifelong learners.
The collaborative paintings will be displayed in the lobby of the Putnam County Library from July 17 – September 15.
This program was made possible by the generous support of the Cookeville Junior Women’s Club.
Visit pclibrary.org for a full schedule of events for the Algood, Baxter, and Monterey Branch Libraries and the Putnam County Library. All programs are free and open to the public!
As we reach the halfway point in our “Build a Better World” Summer Reading Program, I want to congratulate all of the individuals and families participating at the Putnam County Library and Algood, Baxter, and Monterey Branch Libraries. Thank you for your dedication to reading and for making the Library part of your summer plans!
This is our favorite and busiest time of year, and we want to make your library visit a good experience. It is exciting to see everyone connecting with good books, information, programs, and services. We hope that they enrich your life.
We have offered over 100 Summer Reading events at our libraries as of today. Summer Reading participants at the Putnam County Children’s Library have read 27,440 minutes as of Thursday, June 8 just by committing to read 20 minutes a day. The program continues through July 13, so there is still time to participate.
The biggest joy of libraries isn’t in what we have – full shelves and online resources. It is our connection with you. Whether it is answering reference questions, one-on-one technology help, recommending a book, or connecting you with other community organizations through programs, we value the relationships built through these experiences.
Thank you for helping us build a better world!
Due to Fourth of July events, Twice Told Tales Book Store, the Putnam County Library Friends’ monthly book sale, will be Saturday, July 8 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The sale is located in the lower level of the Putnam County Library. The sale will be open to members of the Friends on Friday, July 7 from 4 – 6 p.m. Memberships are available at the door.
Proceeds from the sale go towards the purchase of new books and other materials.
The Putnam County Library will be closed Saturday, July 1 for Slide Cookeville. The Monterey Branch Library will maintain its regular Saturday hours of 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. All Putnam County Libraries will be closed Tuesday, July 4 in observation of Independence Day.
Lunch at the Putnam County Library
Learning and good nutrition doesn’t end when school lets out! The Putnam County Library is offering free meals for anyone between the ages of 0 and 18 every Monday, Thursday, and Friday at 11 a.m. during the months of June and July as part of our Summer Reading Program.
This program helps provide nutritious meals to children so they are better fueled with healthy food to learn and grow. As a requirement of participation, food must be consumed on site. This program is done in partnership with the Putnam County School System and made possible by the TN Department of Human Services through the USDA Summer Meals Program.
Putnam County Library Summer Reading Events
The Children’s Library will host Family Creative Learning Workshops this Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5-7 p.m. Using PBS KIDS ScratchJr, kids can create their own interactive stories and games featuring their favorite characters from Wild Kratts, Nature Cat, WordGirl and Peg + Cat! The storytelling possibilities are endless with this creative coding app. This program is appropriate for children ages 5-8. Family participation encouraged.
Join us this Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. as the Science Guys show kids how science builds a better world! Kids will use pulleys, defy gravity, have a tug-o-war, and launch a catapult! This program is recommended for ages five and up. This program will be adapted for a teen audience on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Everyone’s favorite teen summer reading tradition is back! Meet at CyberTag this Thursday from 1-2 p.m. for some team-building fun. This event is free and open to ages 12-17. CyberTag is located at 41 South Cedar Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501.
Algood, Baxter, and Monterey Summer Reading Events
Children’s Program – Illusionist Tim Sharp will be at the Algood Branch Library this Monday, June 5 at 3 p.m., and at the Baxter Branch Library this Wednesday, June 7 at 1 p.m. There will be magic, jokes, and fun for the entire family! This event is open to all ages.
Teen Program – Mr. David Coulter of First Volunteer Bank will be at the Monterey Branch Library this Tuesday, June 6 at 2 p.m. to teach teens how to build a secure financial future.
Children’s Program – Miss Sugar Maple will be at the Monterey Branch Library for a special Story Time on Wednesday, June 7 at 1 p.m. Stories will be on the environment and the importance of trees. She hopes to see you there!
Adult Program – Ms. Julie Bohannon of the Monterey Depot Museum will be at the Monterey Branch Library on Friday, May 9 at 2 p.m. for an adult program on the importance of local history. She will also you how you can preserve your history for future generations.
Check out pclibrary.org for a full schedule of events!