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Forsyth library carnival kicks post-winter blues
Offering booths on online services, kids activities
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Forsyth County News

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What: Forsyth County Public Library Winter Family Carnival

When: Saturday, Jan. 10, 1-5 p.m.

Where: Lanier Tech Forsyth Conference Center

Cost: Free, no registration required

Once the joy and excitement of the holidays subsides and the fun of spring and summer still seems frozen and far away, the Forsyth County Public Library will have a way to shake off the winter blues.

The library’s indoor Winter Family Carnival will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 10, at the Lanier Tech Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard.

The carnival offers the community a chance to “have a little fun with our staff and volunteers” while learning more about services the library offers, said Laura Bradley, the system’s program manager, particularly the eLibrary services.

“We’re offering the Winter Family Carnival both as a fun way to pull our community together and also to educate citizens about all the services they can access without ever setting foot inside a library branch,” Bradley said. “All they need is a library card, a computer or mobile device and an Internet connection.”

Attendees can enter to win a Kindle Tablet at the eLibrary booths.

Library staff will feature some of the library’s new services, including Hoopla, Flipster and World Cinema, and will be demonstrating how to use their online services and apps.

Information about other services for kids, teens and adults will be available, and technology assistance will be offered in the Technology Open House section of the carnival. Patrons are encouraged to bring their technology-related questions and devices, from iPads to smart phones and tablets.

Kids and families can enjoy concessions and carnival games, such as Giant Bowling, Giant Jenga and Plinko.

While playing those games, the biggest excitement for young readers may be when Nick Bruel’s Bad Kitty takes the stage for a “purr-fect story time” featuring a reading from a Bad Kitty eBook, a puppet show, parachute games, music and funky feline dancing.

When story time is over, kids of all ages are invited to participate in a meet-and-greet session with Bad Kitty.

Teens can dress up as their favorite book characters and compete in “What’s Your Fandom?”

Winners of the costume contest will be rewarded with iTunes gift cards. There will also be a fandom trivia contest.

“For those aspiring writers who resolve to have their work published in the coming year,” Bradley said, “local publisher BookLogix will present ‘Publishing in the Digital Age: eBooks and more!’ where they will discuss publishing in digital formats, digital book promotion and the good – and bad – of being an author in the digital age.”

The event is free, and no registration is required. For more information, go to