Thomasville Library brimming with activity for young and old readers

Thursday, October 2, 2003
READING FUN: The Thomasville Community Center houses the library.

Contributing Writer

While it is only open Tuesdays and Thursdays the Thomasville Library provides many interesting, book related activities. Librarian Bernadette Watkins said, "I really enjoy coming up with fun ideas and participating in our projects."

One project that began in 2001 came to completion this year, Tell Me A Story, a book by the library-sponsored writing class. The 54-page book is a collection of short, one- to two-page stories by the eight members of the group. The group, Watkins said, were women in their late 50s to mid 60s who decided to write about "life when we were kids."

Story titles include: "My Favorite Teacher," "Life in the Country," "Farming in the Fifties" and "Wash Day." In addition to writing all the stories, the group typed, copied and bound their collection. The book may be purchased at the library for $8.

In March of this year Watkins started a book discussion group. New members are encouraged to join at any time. The books are provided at no charge by Mid Continent Library in Kansas City and available through the inter-library loan system. The group meets the second Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. A mystery, Revenge of The Barbeque Queens, by Lou Jane Temple will be discussed on Oct.9.

November's book is Falling Leaves by Adeline Wen Mah, and Charles Kuralt's America is slated for December.

Watkins said the group ranges in age from 20 to 70. "It's wonderful. We have lively discussions because of the different ages and lifestyles," she said.

Pre-school story time is another activity at the library. It takes place on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 11 a.m.

Listening to stories isn't the only activity for the children. After they heard Watkins read Mrs. Wishy Washy's Farm Oct. 25, the children were given coloring pencils, outlines of the animals in the story and styrofoam cups. Once the pictures were colored and cut out, they pasted them to the cups and acted out scenes they remembered from the story.

On Oct 9 they'll learn about Christopher Columbus and draw ships on paper plates to sail in their imagination. The Oct. 23 story time centers around Halloween with The Orange Ghost.

The Thomasville Library is one block east of Highway 99 in the old high school building/Community Center. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Phone 417-764-3606.

All Oregon County residents are welcome at the five county libraries: Alton -- Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Koshkonong -- Wednesday 12:30 to 5 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Myrtle, Tuesday noon to 4 p.m.; Thayer, Monday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Thomasville.

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