By Diane Glidewell
The Story Time program of the Jackson-Butts County Public Library celebrated the end of the year, and the beginning of the summer season, with a party in the back parking lot of the library on Tuesday, May 25.
The space was transformed by a bounce house, face painting, a table loaded with treats, balloon creations, and music for the children and their families to enjoy.
The Story Time group meets each Tuesday at 10 a.m., during the school year, for reading-related activities. The program is aimed at preschool children, but all children are welcome.
"The children learn many life skills," said Sarah Giovannetti, whose children participate in Story Time. "We have had programs on nutrition and animal care, and they learn social skills interacting in the group. And I have enjoyed meeting lots of moms."
The program has been coordinated by the library's Libby Spence for about 17 years. She is assisted by many volunteers, including Catherine Crawford and her brother, Dee.
For the party, Billy Holton of Butts County Building Maintenance, exhibited some of his talents by delighting the children with balloon animals and swords. He was constantly surrounded by children with requests.
Other popular spots at the party were the table where Chris and Teresa Thurston, of Wired Up Face Painting, used face paint to transform little girls and their mothers into princesses and a little boy into Spiderman, among other creations. The new library manager, Don Taylor, became a clown. Ed Spruill monitored his bounce house, which stayed in constant motion with smiling children.
"We've had so much fun all year," said Spence. "This is a good group. Everyone contributes."
Story Time will resume next August, but in the meantime, the Jackson-Butts County Public Library kicked off its series of special Summer Reading Club programs on Tuesday. The programs will be held at the Exchange Club Building, at the Fair Grounds, each Tuesday at 10 a.m. There will also be programs for children ages 11 and up each Tuesday evening at 6 p.m., in the same location. For more information, call (770) 775-7424.