MASON COUNTY — The weather outside is cooling down, but activities are heating up at the Mason County Public Libraries.
The library system traditionally takes a hiatus in the summer months, stopping activities with the exception of the summer reading and lunch programs. With the fall season upon us and children back in school, the library calendar is filling with events, according to Pam Thompson, county library director.
Story hour for preschoolers has completed its second week at all four branches of the library, and all are at capacity. Point Pleasant, Mason and Hannan libraries have one story hour session per week, while New Haven has two.
Point Pleasant’s Lego Club will hold its second session on Monday, Sept. 28, immediately after school. The Lego Club began last year, and is open to school age children. Kids do not have to sign up, but simply show up, and there is no cost.
A “Corks and Canvas” painting class will be held Monday, Oct. 5 at the Point Pleasant branch. Slated from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the alcohol-free class will be taught by Rachel “Corky” Proffitt.
Those taking the class will be painting a canvas that says “Home,” with a picture of the state in place of the “o.” The cost is $35, which includes all supplies. Those interested must register by calling Cindy or Amy at 304-674-0894.
Thompson said a painting class will be set at the New Haven library in either October or November. Other upcoming events being considered, if enough interest is shown, are a children’s pottery class and an afternoon adult coloring club.
Coloring for adults is gaining popularity in the area, Thompson said. It can provide stress relief, as well as enjoyment.
Librarians and patrons alike will be taking full advantage of the newly constructed Virgil Lewis Memorial Reading Park, located next to the Mason library, according to Thompson. One such event will be the Story Hour Trunk or Treat on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m.
The public is invited to come out to the park with lawn chairs, and hand out treats to the children enrolled in story hour. Thompson said there will also be a “story book walk,” with children going from station to station to hear stories.
Other ongoing events at the libraries are essential oil classes, and new at the New Haven library, adult tutoring for those having difficulty reading.
Thompson urges residents to watch the library Facebook pages for updated event listings. Point Pleasant’s Facebook page is listed under Mason County Library; Mason’s is under Mason City Public Library; and New Haven’s is listed as New Haven Public Library. Hannan does not have a Facebook page.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.