The Franklin County Public Library has been the recipient of many generous donations coming in many different forms.
On May 16, the musical talents of the professional music group Melodime, performed for a large group of teens and adults from Apalachicola, Eastpoint, and Carrabelle. Their musical style was unique and they played a variety of tunes from their CDs and You Tube videos, and answered the questions posed by the inquisitive audience. This performance was part of the “Rock by the Sea” three-day tour to raise funds for several benefactors, one of which was FCPL!
The teens were able to ask questions about how they got their start in the music business, what gave them the inspiration to create this group, and if they made money. The responses were honest and seemed to spark enthusiasm for this interesting group. Not only does this group perform benefit concerts, they buy instruments, mentor students, and provide music material to take with them to Haiti to be given to youths at an orphanage. One of the musicians told me that he lived by the thought that “God doesn’t bless hands that are full.” In other words, they believe in paying it forward.
The library was presented with a very generous check from the Rock by the Sea representative Rick Watson to be used for the youth from the Franklin County Library. Words do not express our real appreciation for gifts like this. FCPL has also received other donations from the Ben Watkins Foundation, The Philaco Women’s Club of Apalachicola and private donations. In the same spirit as the musical group, the library will “pay it forward” to our patrons and the Franklin County community. Other donations included a painting by Carrabelle artist Penney Anderson, and a flag from Woodmen of the World.
As in other years, the library offers a special program in the summer to keep children focused on reading by providing a Summer Library Program. This year we are expanding our programs even further because of the generosity we have received. This summer’s free program is called Fizz, Boom, Read and it has a science theme. It will run from June 16 to July 18.
For the youngest kids, ages 2 to 7,- we have a program on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at the Carrabelle branch and on Fridays at 3 p.m. at the Eastpoint branch. For the Tweens- ages 8 to 12- we’ll be meeting on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. at the Eastpoint branch and on Thursdays at 3 p.m. at the Carrabelle branch. And for the Teens, ages 13 to 17, come to the Eastpoint branch on Fridays at 1 p.m. or Carrabelle on Saturdays at noon. There will be weekly door prizes. Come by either branch to pick up registration forms. Sign your children up now as there are limited spaces available.
The Summer Library Program isn’t just for kids. Adults should come out to either branch to enjoy some of the interesting programs we have lined up for them. To start off you can learn more about recycling from our local experts at the Franklin County Solid Waste Department. Come to the Eastpoint branch on Tuesday, June 24 at 11 a.m. or the Carrabelle branch on Thursday, June 26 at 11 a.m.to find out more on this topic.
Other adult programs include a talk given by Wakulla County Extension Director Les Harrison on planning your fall garden. That will take place on Tuesday, July 15 at 1 p.m. at the Carrabelle branch and July 17 at 11 a.m. at the Eastpoint branch. Also, come to the Eastpoint branch at 11 a.m. on July 22 or the Carrabelle branch at 11 a.m. on July 24 to learn about crime scene investigation from Lt. Carl Whaley from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department. There will be door prizes given at each of the adult programs.
All age groups are invited to play Library Bingo throughout the Summer Library Program. You have to play in order to win one of the great prizes like a digital Polaroid, a nine-inch tablet or for the kids a deluxe wagon!
Throughout the summer we’ll be offering our regular library programs. Join us for yoga, fitness, or book chat, to name a few. And there’s still time to attend the Writer’s Forum for both beginning and accomplished writers. This program takes place on Wednesdays at 1:00 at the Eastpoint Branch and will run through June 18th.
Call our Eastpoint Branch at 670-8151 or our Carrabelle Branch at 697-2366 if you have any questions.