Senoia Library celebrates one-year anniversary

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In the cast and crew of 'The Wizard of Oz,' presented at the Senoia Library one-year anniversary event, are, from left, Justin Duhon (Tin Man), Tammy Barton (Wicked Witch), Alison Chambers (Good Witch), Thomas Eastin (technical director), Gay Truelove (writer), Alexa Echevarria (Dorothy) and Korey Echols (Cowardly Lion).

Saturday was an exciting day for the Senoia Library, as it celebrated its one-year birthday at its 148 Pylant St. location. 

Cake, balloons and a full afternoon of fun programs were offered. 

Tracy Walker began with storytelling, with children and their parents sitting on the edge of their seats to hear what she would say next.

A workshop sponsored by the Home Depot Peachtree City store was held outside the Senoia branch library under a big tent, where kids were given bug houses to erect on site. 

Children attending the celebration were dazzled by an interactive production of “The Wizard of Oz” performed by A Company of Friends.

Children were thrilled to be invited to participate in the musical drama, directed by Tammy Barton and written by Gayann Truelove.

The afternoon ended with a free salsa dance lesson by “Gotta Dance Now” of Peachtree City that was quite spicy.

The library, a branch of the Coweta County Public Library System, has made great strides during its first year in the new building. For instance, librarians listened to patrons’ pleas for a drop box and passed the word on to Marie Vielot, manager of the Senoia and Grantvillle libraries.

Vielot, a former paralegal for Home Depot’s corporate real estate division, shared the request with Jimmy Bass, library system director.

When Bass became Coweta Pubic Library System’s director last summer, the drop box was installed – and circulation has increased since. 

Also, couriers daily bring books on hold for patrons awaiting their favorite new read, and classics have been furnished at the request of home-schoolers nearby. Audio books have become very popular and a vast collection is readily available.

Computers are accessible, not only for adults, but even children in their designated area of the library. 

In keeping up with current library trends and the digital age, the most exciting update began this week, e-books.

Numerous eclectic programs have been developed by these librarians who are passionate about their library. Jayne Bush, who has worked at the Senoia library for five years, has introduced a few – such as Therapy Reading Dogs, who are brought in with a professional trainer.

She has witnessed a transformation in children.

“Children improve their reading skills in a unique and fun environment. When a caring dog is listening, the child becomes eager and learning occurs with the power of human and animal bond,” Bush said.

Also, she has arranged for the local station of the Coweta County Fire Department to voluntarily teach CPR and offer instructions on how to help a choking victim. Puppetry shows also illustrate fire safety for children in a safe and fun learning environment.

The library also offers specialized programs for families, children, teens and adults. Just last week a Young Inventors Club covered certain aspects of the invention process. Young children enjoyed the Curious George class featuring books exploring areas of science and math. 

The librarians have organized a summer calendar jam packed with fun and educational programs, currently being printed and made available. A scheduled fall program, Stories with Character, is in the works and will encourage discussions about real-life situations and positive traits such as honesty and courage.

Through the Senoia Library – and all Coweta library branches – patrons have opportunities to visit Zoo Atlanta or Georgia state parks and historic sites for free.

For details, check out the website at www.cowetapubliclibrary.org.




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