Fayette County’s families have fantastic resources for literary, social, and personal growth within its public libraries: Fayette County Public Library, Peachtree City Library, and Tyrone Library. All offer a wide range of entertaining events and tutoring programs to enrich the lives of adults and children.
For starters in these Fayette County libraries, you’ll find engaging book clubs, both fiction and non-fiction, which meet regularly throughout the month. The Fayette County Public Library has recently introduced a mystery book club, which meets one Monday night a month. All of Fayette’s libraries have incorporated the 1,000 Books before Kindergarten program as well as Baby Times; both of these programs aim at increasing early childhood literary rates. 1,000 Books before Kindergarten is a parent-led program whose aim is to have parents and family members read 1,000 books to their child before entering into their first year of kindergarten, while Baby Times is a librarian-led program for children from birth to two years that incorporates story-telling, games, and other early literacy activities.
One of the most fascinating, and fairly new, programs at Fayette’s libraries is the CAREing Paws program. An affiliate of the R.E.A.D. program (launched in 1999), CAREing Paws’s mission is to “enrich the lives of others by embracing the power of the human-animal bond.” The program is especially beneficial to children with learning disabilities, particularly any reading disabilities. Children are given the opportunity to practice reading in a judgment-free environment to therapy dogs, or in some cases cats. The child reads to the therapy dog, allowing her to gain confidence and increase her reading fluency and comprehension. Visit any of the three libraries to see pictures of upcoming dogs and cats who will be visiting the location for CAREing Paws day, and sign up to have your child read to one of the group’s therapy pets.
Each of the three libraries in Fayette County offers up its own unique opportunities for locals to enjoy.
Fayette County Public Library’s upcoming activities include their Baby Days (a program for new and expecting mothers), Readers Theater, computer education courses, and the Rosetta Stone Program, available in many languages.
For poetry fanatics, the Peachtree City Library will celebrate National Poetry Month this month, including the Peach Jam Poetry Contest, open to both adults and children, as well as several poetry writing workshops. This library hosts a number of events and activities for various age groups, including a themed story time for ages 3-5 that takes place in August to May as well as an ongoing Pokémon tournament (Nintendo DS), hosted by local high school students. Anne Wallace, a local storyteller, makes regular appearances at the Peachtree City Library, telling stories and teaching the art of oral stories to children.
The Tyrone Public Library has taken a unique approach to the 1,000 Books before Kindergarten by merging it with “Every Child Ready to Read” and other programs to create a unique early readers program. To create motivation in local children, the library has created a Butterfly Hall of Fame, filled with drawings created by local children as they approach their reading goals. Additionally, Tyrone’s library hosts an annual summer film club, encouraging local children to compete in the Annex Teen Video Challenge; the library proudly hosted the 2014 regional winners of the contest. Finally, a fun-filled activity center is based in the library for children and adults to enjoy various games, activities, and occasional puppetry.
Be sure to take some time to visit the libraries websites to learn about all the upcoming events and activities. The libraries are truly a place where, according to local librarian Cindy Farrell, children can, “feel, taste, smell, and hear a story.”