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Library offering antique expo Saturday

By Maria Jose Subiria

msubiria@news-daily.com

The Clayton County Library System will host its first "Antiques on the Lawn" event Saturday, offering area residents a chance to buy and sell antiques, and have pieces appraised, organizers said.

The event will take place at the library system's headquarters branch, at 865 Battle Creek Road, in Jonesboro, from 12 to 4 p.m.

Organizers said the event is sponsored by Friends of the Library, an organization that supports Clayton County's libraries, and the Grassroots Arts Program, which provides counties with grants to help support the arts.

"At our information reference desk people would come in numbers and ... they wanted to know the value of things they had in their homes," said Sherry Turner, managing headquarters librarian for the Clayton County Library System, who organized the event. "Those interested in purchasing [antiques] wanted to know the value."

Turner said she thought holding an event focused on antiques would benefit the public, based on the level of interest in the subject seen at the library's reference desk.

"We thought it was a perfect opportunity to listen to the needs of the community, and address it in a creative way," said Turner.

The event will also include a magic show and performances from local recording artists, and offer guests the opportunity to meet local authors, Turner said. She said Chick-fil-A and Gentry's BBQ will be on hand to provide food.

"Craftsmen will be making and selling bead work, jewelry, wood working, purses and crafts," explained Turner.

She said the Clayton County Library System was able to run the event with the assistance of Friends of the Library, and the Grassroots Arts Program. The arts program grant, she said, requires matching funds, which were contributed by Friends of the Library.

"Frankly, this was an outstanding program when they applied. It represents all different sorts of art," said Sara Cookson, program and event coordinator for Arts Clayton, which oversees the local Grassroots Arts program grants. "They just did a very good job."

According to Cookson, the Clayton County Library System received its grant in November.

Turner said the grant has also assisted the library system in running culinary, dance and multi-cultural mask-making workshops.

For more information about Antiques on the Lawn, e-mail Turner at turners@claytonpl.org.