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Library shakes up program offerings
New storytime, book clubs debut
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Forsyth County News

Book lovers of all ages can enjoy some new Forsyth County Public Library programs, as well as some old favorites at new times, starting this month.

The popular storytime series for preschool-age children will shift to evenings once a month for PJ Storytime.

The 6:30 p.m. offering is something the library has wanted to do for some time. It will give working parents a chance to experience storytime with their children, said Vanessa Cowie, programming coordinator.

While evening programs traditionally are extended, Cowie said the PJ program is simply the day storytime at night, with pajamas optional.

"Some of us staffers are going to be wearing ours, but it’ll be great whether you’re wearing pajamas or not," she said.

For schoolchildren and adults, several book groups launch this month with selections for different age groups and interests.

The Page Turners, for third through fifth grades, and Just Read It!, for sixth-graders and older, started at the beginning of 2011, but took a hiatus for the summer.

"The grades 3 to 5 [group] has really taken off. That’s been very popular," said Cowie, adding that parents should register ahead of time.

The teen program took a bit longer to get going, she said, but it’s been successful all the same.

"By the end of spring, we had a really strong core group who shared a lot about not only the book they were reading for the book group, but all of their reading interests," Cowie said.

For the first time, the library will offer the Bookworms group for children in kindergarten through second grade.

At each grade, library staff makes book selections to fit the reading level and interests of the group.

In the Bookworms group, Cowie said not every child may be able to read on his or her own, so the selections will often include pictures and can be read to the child.

During the discussion program, children in that group will have a similar book read to them, talk about their own related experiences and often do a craft project.

All the school-age book groups are being offered once a month at each of the three branches.

"We can hardly wait to get started," Cowie said. "I think the books are going to be lots of fun."

For adults, book clubs will meet monthly for the first time, with one group focused on classics and the other on mystery and suspense.

After testing interest with a fall and spring book series and branch surveys, the library pinpointed when, where and what type of book clubs to offer, said Stephen Kight, assistant director for public services.

The Sharon Forks library will offer "The Literazzi" group, which will read classics and future classics.

At the Cumming library, readers can discuss mysteries once a month in the "The Tome Raiders."

For each group, participants have an option to attend an afternoon or evening meeting.

"I’m really looking forward to it," Kight said, praising the book selections made by staff members.

The open discussions will be moderated by staff, he said, and don’t require registration.