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Commerce library storywalk to focus on International Refuge Day

In recognition of International Refugee Day, the latest inside storywalk at the Commerce Public Library is "Lubna and Pebble," by Wendy Meddour and Daniel Egneus, a beautifully illustrated story about empathy and healing.

"Take home a 'Kindness Pebble' Take and Make to decorate and give to someone to show you care," library manager Angel Abounader states.

Take and Make crafts for this week will be paper plate snakes for the younger children and blackout poetry and ransom notes for young adult patrons.

Be sure to pick up a craft while supplies last," Abounader says.


On Tuesday, June 15, the Foxfire Petting Zoo will be outside for drop-ins from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be goats, rabbits, chickens, a bee observation hive and even worms. There will be a rain date, if needed, on Thursday, June 17.

There will also be a special visit the same day from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. with the Commerce Police and Fire Departments, along with Jackson County paramedics. Vehicles will be on display for children to see.


Also happening on Thursday, June 17 from 1 to 2 p.m. is a Young Adult Bee Creative program with Ms. Natalie. She will show teens ages 11-18 how to sew and make their very own felt toy mouse, a great gift for a cat or just a good way to practice sewing felt animals.

Teen Smash will be held at its regular time from 4 to 5:30 p.m. that day.


The library's next Korean Culture program will be Tuesday at 5 p.m.. The topic this month is electronic vehicles and car batteries.


World Book Encyclopedia is now available online to all Piedmont Regional Cardholders.

"It is an excellent source for older students," advises Abounader; "but its resources for our youngest readers this summer will be helpful even for those with online fatigue. The Welcome to Reading section has stories that can be read online, printed as a folded book, or listened to as an audio book while following along. Of course, all these online books count for summer reading, and there are numerous tutorials explaining how to use this free resource."


New adult fiction now available include: Eric Von Lustbader's "The Kobalt Dossier," Elin Hilderbrand's "Golden Girl," Stuart Woods'" Jackpot" and J.A. Jance's "Unfinished Business."

One new nonfiction book is "The Ride of Her Life: The True Story of a Woman, Her Horse, and Their Last-Chance Journey Across America" by Elizabeth Letts.

"Life and After: A Doctor Explores What Near Death Experiences Reveal About Life and Beyond" by Bruce Greyson.


Programs coming up includes:

•Tuesday, Special Visit from Public Safety for Kids 11 a.m. -12 p.m.

•Tuesday, Foxfire Petting Zoom 11 a.m.-1 Drop-In and stay as long as you like

•Tuesday, Korean Culture Program 5 p.m.

•Wednesday, Kidsercise 10:30 a.m.

•Thursday, Young Adult, Bee Creative (sewing craft) 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

•Thursday, Teen 'Smash' Bros 4 p.m. - 5: 30 p.m

•Friday, Baby & Me 10:30 a.m.

Nicholson library offering portable storyboards

Drop into the Nicholson Public Library and check out one of our Farm Animal books and receive a portable storyboard to keep.

"Bring your favorite stuffed friend for a check-up at our Animal Care Centre," states library manager Rhonda O'Keeffe. "Children can also participate in a Scavenger Hunt and visit our Treasure Chest."

The “Tails and Tales” Summer Reading Program has started. Children who want to participate can register online at prlib.org for Beanstack or visit the library to sign up. Prizes are earned by reading the required number of points. One book or 20 minutes equals a point. Children receive incentives when signing up, at 20 points and at 40 points.


Nicholson Summer Reading Programs are:

•Mondays, June 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th –Enchanted Story Time with Lady Sherri at 11:30 a.m.. Children will enjoy stories and a craft.

•Thursday, June 10th-Join Ranger Maggie Hunt to learn all about bats. The program begins at 10:30 a.m.

•Wednesday, June 16th-“Tales of the Dairy Godmother” presented by the Georgia Farm Bureau. The program starts at 11:30 a.m. There will be a craft.

•Thursday, June 17th-Paint and Take at 11:30 a.m. Space is limited, call the library to reserve a spot.

•Thursday, June 24th-Snakes Alive with Smithgall Woods at 10:30 a.m.


Seamless Summer Feeding returns to the Nicholson Public Library. Beginning June 1st, the lunch bus will be at the library MondayS – ThursdayS from 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Meal packages include breakfast and lunch for each day. A two-day meal package will be offered on Thursdays. There are no income requirements or registration. Any child 18 or younger is eligible.


"Help us make an impact by donating much needed animal care items for MOAS," O'Keeffe states. "Through July 31, the Nicholson Public Library will be a donation spot. A complete list of needed items is available on our Facebook page or at our library.


Practice your Spanish with Ms. Irma on Hora de Cuentos en Espanol en Nicholson, Spanish Story Time, monthly on the library's Facebook page.


The Nicholson Public Library has Mobile Hotspots for check out. The library also offers faxing, printing, and scanning at a nominal charge.

The library is a also a Passport Acceptance Agency. The library has trained and certified agents by the U.S. Department of State to initiate and execute passport services. Call to book an appointment or visit http://travel.state.gov for more information.

The library is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The library is located at 5466 U.S. Highway 441 South, Nicholson. For more information, call 706-757-3577 or visit, http://nicholson.prlib.org, or Facebook (Harold S. Swindle Public Library).

Dan Rose was recently driving along Jefferson River Road in Jefferson when he saw an alligator lying on its back in the middle of the road. He said the alligator appeared to be having difficulty breathing so he grabbed it by the tail and dragged it back into the grass and flipped it over. He said it quickly went back into the pond. He said there are four alligators in this pond that were put there 40 years ago and there used to be a fence to keep them contained but it is gone.

JCCO annual scholarship winners announced

Jackson County Community Outreach provides technical and traditional college scholarships to graduating seniors in Jackson County Georgia. The JCCO Scholarship Committee would like to announce the 2021 winners of its annual scholarship awards.

Winners of the $1,000 Traditional Scholarship include: Shaniya Smith, Shawn Cunningham, and Angel Hart of Commerce High School; Gini Pena, Amaya Howard, and Jackson Fuller of East Jackson Comprehensive High School; Madison Ellis, Moriah Dover, and Makayla Dover of Jackson County Comprehensive High School; and Deleah Walker and Sara Free of Jefferson High School.

Winners of the $2,000 Technical School Scholarship are Eddtrick Harper and Nathalie Marcelo of Commerce High School and Rylee Minish of East Jackson Comprehensive High School.

The organization also awards special scholarships in recognition of outstanding leadership and vision. Mallory Ware of Jefferson High School has won the $1,500 Leadership Scholarship, and Daisy Villapandos was awarded the $2,500 Visionary Scholarship.

Jackson County Community Outreach was founded in 1998 to foster a better community through education and skill-building. Since 1999, the organization has awarded more than 250 scholarships, totaling nearly $300,000.

To learn more and support the work of Jackson County Community Outreach, visit online at https://jccoscholarships.org/ .

Arbor Pointe plans virtual VBS

Arbor Pointe Church at West Jackson will hold a virtual Vacation Bible School on June 14-18.

This year's theme is Adventure Island.

The church will provide all the supplies and have them available at the church for pick-up on Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information or to sign up, call 706-870-0607.

Arbor Pointe is located at 115 Towne Center Parkway, Suite 109, Hoschton.

Walnut Fork plans VBS

Wanut Fork Baptist Church plans a "Concrete and Cranes" Vacation Bible School on Sunday, June 13, through Thursday, June 17, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. nightly.

"Join us for Construction and Cranes VBS at Walnut Fork Baptist Church," church leaders said. "We are hosting Pre-K through 5th grade students nightly from Sunday, June 13-Thursday, June 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Each night we will have engaging lessons, snacks, crafts, games and more! Come have some fun and learn about Jesus with us! We look forward to building a relationship with you!"

Walnut Fork Baptist Church is located at 557 Highway 60, Hoschton.

For more information, call 706-654-3904, email wfbc557@gmail.com or visit https://sites.google.com/view/walnut-fork-baptist-church/home.