Hello Franklin County! The Summer Reading Program “Build a Better World” is over and it ended with a drumming good time. We extend our appreciation to all who participated and attended from the kick-off event of the flag raising ceremony where our veterans and first responders were honored to all performers. To DoDad’s Labs for teaching us about simple science, Phil Meyer The Magician who showed us to make money rain from ears, to Vicki with Animal Tales who showed us how not to be afraid of reptiles and slimy creatures too, and to Quite a Catch Ron Anglin who made us laugh and taught us how to juggle not three, but five balls at a time. Many thanks to our final performer, Tampa Taiko Japanese Drumming Director Ron Collins who taught us the history of the Taiko drums, performed for us and had every attendee playing the drums, all at once. We learned at Eastpoint and Carrabelle there’s a lot of rhythm in these parts.

Our list of appreciation is lengthy but we want to acknowledge all who participated and attended our events this summer. Special thanks to those who partnered with us to help provide a continued platform of literacy needs and great prizes for the reading challenges. Partners include the Franklin County Friends of the Library, the American Legion Post 82 of Lanark including the Sons, the Riders, and the Ladies Auxiliary; the Owl Café of Apalachicola, Gulf Specimen Public Aquarium in Panacea, Hog Wild Bar-B-Q in Carrabelle, to Denise Williams, certified yoga instructor for two free yoga sessions, to those who donated monetarily through the Friends of the Library or directly to the Library, and to the Apalachicola Times for donating a used newspaper box, which became the Little Box of Sunshine (viewable at the Eastpoint branch).

Your support enables the Library to continue to advocate for our community by providing the tools for continuing education and literacy achievement; as we continue to Build a Better World. Prize winners will be notified this week.

If you are a local resident or even a visitor that has never visited a Franklin County Library this is the week to do so. Our library collection is growing and we have the latest best-selling book titles added to our collection monthly. Don’t forget we have a great selection of DVDs; new titles being added monthly also.

The library staff is taking a few weeks off from regular children’s program after our very eventful summer. Thanks to the entire staff and volunteers for helping our kids Build a Better World.

We extend our appreciation to Tina Povisil (and Joe) for the awesome transformation of the library sign at the Carrabelle Branch. Tina donated the paint supplies and her time to the library as she continually serves her community. Check out our nice and bright painted sign when you stop by the Carrabelle Library. Tell Tina and Joe thank you the next time you see them around town.

The Eastpoint Branch will host a gardening event on Tuesday, August 8 at 1:30 p.m. The program will assist you in Preparing a Bird Friendly Landscape. The event is facilitated by Les Harrison. director of Wakulla County Extension Office. No registration required.

A new six-week program, The Mommy & Me Workout program begins Monday, August 14 at the Carrabelle Branch; Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m. Moms, if you are juggling a busy schedule and have no time to work out while caring for your little ones, now is your opportunity to do both at one time; bring your little one and they will help you workout. No registration required.

The Music as Second Language students are preparing for their recital at the Eastpoint branch on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 5 p.m. Students have been studying guitar, piano, the drums and voice since March 7. We look forward to hearing what they have accomplished in learning during the summer session. Thanks to the teachers who weekly share their talents and expertise to our students.

Don’t forget the many online resources available through the Franklin County Public Library. View the website at fcpl.wildernesscoast.org/ for the upcoming calendar of events and available online resources. Resources include Mango Languages, the Chilton Automotive Library (when prompted, enter the password: wilderness), the GCF Learn Free which is a valuable training resource to learn skills needed to live and work in the 21st century.

If you have any questions about the library or the online resources contact the library or stop by and visit us in person. Contact the Eastpoint branch, weekdays from 9 a,m. to 6 p.m. at 670-8151 and the Carrabelle branch, Mondays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 697-2366. See you soon!