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Library prepares for spring and summer

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    The March Madness tournament display in the Jones County Public Library has books by popular authors such as Dean Koontz and Nora Roberts. ALAINA CLARKE/Staff
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    The Reading Rainbow Challenge at the Jones County Public Library has every book that was mentioned on Reading Rainbow. ALAINA CLARKE/Staff

The Jones County Public Library is gearing up for spring and summer with activities and by recommending different books the has available.

Leigh Sloan, library assistant, said she’s excited for the activities that will be going on. She said she’s planning more activities, so she hopes everyone will enjoy those when she announces them.

“We currently have our March Madness tournament of books and they are the most checked out books of 2020,” she said. “You can vote on our Facebook page. You don’t have to have read the book, you can base it on the cover of the book”

She said they eliminate a book every Wednesday and Saturday, so by April 1 they should have a winner. She said it was a great way to see what people might like to read, even if it is based on what the book looks like.

“We have our Reading Rainbow Challenge for the kids, which is every book mentioned on the show Reading Rainbow. As you read them, you mark them off on your log and when you’ve read all of the books, you get to put your name on your very own rainbow,” Sloan said.

The library assistant said children will get to be named a Rainbow Reader at the library. The children’s educational television show aired from the 1980s until 2009, encouraging eveyone to read. She said children can become a Rainbow Reader throughout the summer.

Sloan said April is National Library Month, and the Jones County Public Library wants to celebrate the library and the staff. She said libraries are important for people all across the country for books, internet access and education.

“April is a slow month because we are transitioning into summer, but we will concentrate on doing something with April showers,” the library assistant said. “Our summer reading program kicks off in May and it’s Tails and Tales this year, having to do with animals.”

She said the summer reading program is six weeks long, and children can sign up the week before Memorial Day at the library. She said the program will end the week before school starts back in the county.

Sloan said the library will participate in the Easter egg hunt with the Chamber of Commerce this year, but details will come later on that. She said she’s excited to do things with the people of Jones County, even though they still have to social distance.

“This gives us things to do with the community. We’re always trying to make new friends and meet new faces. We have really great internet here, so come in and use our computers. Come see what we have,” she said.

The library assistant said customers can still use the self check-out if they aren’t comfortable with being in contact with the library staff. She said all people have to do is scan their library card, put in their four digit password that staff can help with, scan the books, and print the receipt out.

“You don’t have to come into contact with staff at all. Sometimes it can get busy here, and you might have to wait on us,” she said. “This is a great way to just scan and go on home. People seem to enjoy the self check-out so far.”

Sloan said their programs will mostly be virtual this summer, but she hopes after that they can soon begin meeting in person again. She said she enjoys seeing people in the Jones County community visiting, and she hopes to keep recommending new books and engaging them in new activities.

“I’m most excited for National Library Week, April 4 through the 10. It’s all about us,” Sloan said. “I don’t know what we’re going to do yet, but we get to celebrate what we do here and how we help this community. We get to be recognized.”