Library system sponsoring Vacation Reading Program

Compiled by Greg Gelpi


The Clayton County Library System will sponsor its Vacation Reading Program starting Saturday and running through Aug. 7. Infants to 18-year-olds can earn rewards for listening to and reading books through the free program. To learn more, visit www.clayton.public.lib.ga.us or call (770) 473-3850.

The River's Edge Elementary School "Cultured Pearls" Charm Club held its fifth annual fashion show last week. The club teaches character education and manners. The club members also practiced their manners at their annual banquet, which was held at the Links Golf Club.

The Clayton County Library Headquarters will have its Scholastic Half Price Book Sale. The sale schedule is from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 15, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 16, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 17, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 18, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 19, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 21 and 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 22. For more information, call (770) 473-3850.

The Clayton County Library Headquarters will have "Stories by the Campfire" for children ages 3 and older around an indoor "campfire" at 7 tonight and 7 p.m. May 26. For more information, call (770) 473-3850.

African percussionist Kofi McDonald will hold a program at the Clayton County Library Headquarters from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Call (770) 473-3850 to learn more.

The Clayton County Library Headquarters will present Baby Talk at 10 a.m. Monday. The program for newborns to children aged 20 months will include educational toys, bubbles, circle time and individual book time. For more information, call (770) 473-3850.

The Jonesboro Branch Library will host the Jonesboro High School Jazz Combo at 7 p.m. Monday. The performance will be the first of the library's Monday night "Summertime & the Livin' Is Easy" concert series. For more information, call (770) 478-7120.

The Clayton County Library Headquarters will hold story times Tuesday. The 10 a.m. session will be for children ages 21 months through 36 months. The 11 a.m. session is for children ages 3 to 7. To learn more, call (770) 473-3850.

The Morrow Branch Library will have WOW Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. May 26. The program will include a movie, light snack and related activity. For more information, call (404) 366-7749.

The Morrow Branch Library will have musical storyteller Eric Litwin at 10 a.m. May 27. The program is free and open to children and adults of all ages. Call (404) 366-7749 to learn more.

Kele's Pacific Paradise Dancers will demonstrate Polynesian dance and dress at 7 p.m. May 27 at the Clayton County Library Headquarters. For more information, call (770) 473-3850.

Arts Clayton Gallery and the Artist Guild of Clayton County will have a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday for the art exhibit "Georgia Through the Artist's Eye." It will be held in the Clayton College & State University Harry S. Downs Center for Continuing Education Atrium. For more information, call (770) 960-2109.

The Clayton County Library System is collecting information on tutors, summer camps, summer childcare and summer youth programs to provide to the public. Send six copies of fliers to Janice Arcuria, assistant director for youth services, Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro, 30236; send a copy via fax to (770) 473-3858 or write to arcuriaj@mail.clayton.public.lib.ga.us. For more information, call (770) 473-3850.

First Baptist Church in Jonesboro is holding enrollment for its early learning center for next school year. The program offers preschool classes for children ages 6 months to 4 years old, as well as a state-approved kindergarten. For more information, call Kim Blackwood or Sherry Jones at (770) 471-9585.

Spivey Hall at Clayton College & State University will hold a Teacher Training Institute from June 10 to June 12. To learn more, call Meghan Dougherty at (770) 961-3498.

The Clayton County school system will hold a series of job fairs for certifiable teaching candidates. The remaining fairs are June 4 and June 28 at Roberts Middle School. Teaching applications and more information on the job fairs can be found at http://www.clayton.k12.ga.us/personnel or by calling (770) 473-2747.

Seven of the county's eight high schools will graduate more than 2,000 students Friday and Saturday. Mundy's Mill, Clayton County's newest high school, will have its first graduation in 2005. For the complete list of graduation dates and times, visit http://www.clayton.k12.ga.us/calendars/GraduationDates.htm.

The Suder Elementary School Council announced its meeting schedule. The council will meet at 7:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Suder Elementary. The meetings are June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.

The Jewell C. Anderson Elementary school council will meet at 7 a.m. June 15.


Jonesboro High School student Matthew Shelnutt earned a perfect score on the National Latin Exam. He was 1 of only 467 student out of 17,000 across the nation to earn such an honor.

Alexander Herbert Bland of Rex, Theresa Vivian Gilbert of Jonesboro and Rupal B. Sheth of Jonesboro graduated from Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy.

Ashley Elizabeth Askew of Hampton, a Clayton College & State University student, received the Buddy R. Nail award for excellence and has maintained a 4.0 GPA in her coursework at CCSU.

Joanne Brown, a graduate of Clayton College & State University, was named the dean of the Atlanta chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Clayton College & State University students Robin Brosnan of Atlanta, Sabrina M. Leflore of Lithonia and Christina D. Strickland of Jackson received scholarships from the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society.

Middle Georgia College announced that Tiffany Ann Green of Jonesboro and Margaret N. Ndetti of Riverdale made the dean's list and Carlos Ricardo Ramos of Riverdale made the merit list.

Clayton College & State University's Aaron Bailey was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society.

School Notebook is compiled by Greg Gelpi. He can be reached at ggelpi@news-daily.com or (770) 478-5753 Ext. 247.