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!
We’re half way through our Cookeville Comic Arts Festival, and it has been going great! We had an excellent turnout at our PCL Comics Expo kick-off event, with well over two hundred community participants. There were many enthusiastic young book maker’s at the Sequential Art Storytime, who learned about the Dewey Decimal system while making their own sequential art. Special thanks is owed to all of the artists who displayed in our Creators Exhibition: Lucas Antoniak (www.riseofthemolecule.com), Michael Littrell (firstname.lastname@example.org), Kevin Steward (www.kevinsteward.blogspot.com), Mary Mae Smith (marymaeart.blogspot.com), Bryan Boles (www.strongestmailman.com), Matt Knieling (email@example.com), and Jeff Lamm (firstname.lastname@example.org). We had some great items in our Silent Auction that went to good homes, thanks to everyone who bid! (if you have been notified of winning an item and not yet picked it up at the Circulation Desk, you should do so soon) The event rounded out with our Schlock & Sketch session, where we had a blast viewing “Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet” and drawing along.
There has been a steadily growing turnout at our Wednesday Kids Draw events. Parents, this is a great chance to set aside a little time to sit, chat, and doodle with your children. We’ve been seeing some great drawings, and look forward to more! Kids Draw is every Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 in the Downstairs Meeting Room.
We also have a handful of dedicated youth who have been attending our Saturday morning Mini Comics Workshops. They’re about half-way through finishing their comics, and we are excited to see the results! Any that are finished in time will be displayed as part of our CCAF Closing Reception on August 31st.
Thanks to our community partners Mountain Top Comics, Sweet Sallie’s Café, and WCTE Public Television for all of their help with the Family Gaming Day, Saturday Sketch-In, and Community Cinema Film Screening. Also, we are very grateful to Nestle for their generous donation of bottled water, keeping all of our comics lovers well hydrated.
But this is not a wrap-up! We’ve still got plenty more great programming available to the public. Throughout this week, our regular Storytime sessions (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 10:00) have become Superhero Storytime, and will be followed with Superhero Crafts. This Thursday evening, our film screening is “The Incredibles” at 6:00 pm in the Upstairs Meeting Room. And next Thursday we will have “Scott Pilgrim vs the World.” This Saturday is the first of our Discussions of Comics Academia, a series of talks where local literary scholars will present papers concerning graphic novels and follow up with Q&A sessions. Next Tuesday, 6:00 pm, will be our Graphic Novel Discussion of “Blankets” by Craig Thompson (if you have not read it, there are several copies available for special checkout from the Circulation desk). And next Saturday, the 31st, we will have the second installment of Comics Academia, as well as our CCAF Closing Reception. The reception will be a great chance to see all of the projects worked on throughout the month, as well as to meet the sequential artists who have been displaying in our gallery.
If you would like more information about the events, you can find a full calendar and itemized descriptions here. And there are still some CCAF Prints and Buttons on sale at the Circulation Desks. All proceeds will go toward future PCL programming. Thanks to everyone who has participated so far, and please keep spreading the word about CCAF!
Here at the Putnam County Library, we believe that there is something really special about sharing a book with others. One really fun way to do that is by participating in a book club. To try to help others build their own reading communities, the PCL offers book club kits for check-out. Most kits contain 10-12 copies of the title and a book discussion folder to help guide your club’s discussions. The kits check-out for 30 days at a time, rather than the standard two weeks, to give the patron time to use the kit with their group. Currently, the library owns over 50 book club kits, with plans to expand this collection in the near future.
Some of our more popular kit titles include Life of Pi by Yann Martel, Room by Emma Donoghue, and The Art of Racing In the Rain by Garth Stein. You can find the book kits in the catalog by a simple search using the words ‘book kit’. When you find the kit you want, ask a library staff member at the front desk to assist you.
Also, if you are interested in book clubs, please check out our First Friday Book Club, which is an open club that meets at 3pm on the first Friday of each month. The selection for May’s meeting is State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. Copies of the book selection for the month are available on a first come, first serve basis at the front desk.