Laptime returns for fall at Powell Library

Laptime, a popular staple of programming at the A. Mitchell Powell Jr. Public Library for more than 20 years, returns this fall with a new leader and the same outstanding experience for two-year-olds and their families.

Coweta County Library Director Jimmy Bass prefers to call it “Laptime 4.0” in that the program is now on its fourth teacher, Christine Barnett. “We have had a great tradition of teachers for this beloved program and Ms. Christine is most qualified to carry on in the steps of Ms. Janet, Ms. Valerie and Ms. Michelle,” he said.

Barnett holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and has taught at various levels of elementary education in the Coweta County School System for 15 years. She will not only be the new teacher but is also a past participant as her own daughter is a past graduate of Laptime.

Barnett feels that the experience was a great one on many levels. “It was a time to introduce my daughter to the library, meet new friends, and participate in singing songs, making crafts and listening to stories,” she reflected. In addition to leading Laptime, “Ms. Christine” will work at the children’s desk where she will assist patrons in finding books and information for the elementary and middle school level.

The first class will kick off Sept. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the library on Hospital Road in Newnan. There will also be a class on Wednesdays at 10:30. If these classes become full, additional classes will be added on those days at 11:30. Bass welcomes all two-year-olds and their parents to try out “Laptime 4.0.”

“We are continuing the tradition and tweaking it at the same time. Christine is excited about this new chapter in her career and we are very enthused about her new perspective, professionalism and passion for children’s services,” he said.

Anyone with questions about the program can reach Barnett or a children’s staff member at 770-253-3625. Further information about library services can be found at the library’s website, www.cowetapubliclibrary.org .



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