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Updated: 03/31/2013 08:00:35AM

Learning to knit and holding rabbits

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Ashley Elliott

PHOTO BY ASHLEY ELLIOTT

Fort Meade resident, Katherine Roy shows children at the Bartow Public Library how to turn wool in yarn.

PHOTO BY ASHLEY ELLIOTT

Ashlin Overstreet enjoyed holding this Angora bunny at the Bartow Public Library when Katherine Roy came for a visit with her spinning wheel.

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Relatives of the Easter bunny stopped by the library this week. Fort Meade resident, Katherine Roy brought in some of her fuzzy and cute Angora rabbits. She spoke on the care, upkeep and life of her bunnies and even showed on her spinning wheel how to turn the wool into yarn. After the presentation, children were allowed to hold and pet the rabbits. We may have started something because multiple children were asking their parents for a pet rabbit on the way out.

Our library celebrated its 116th birthday on Thursday. It was officially started on March 29, 1897, by the Bartow Library Association. It became a public tax supported library under city governance in 1912. Cake and punch were provided by Friends of the Library and served in the lobby. To quote the Bartow Public Library official history book, “By the end of the decade and after only three years in operation, the Bartow Public Library reported its holdings: 335 bound volumes, 190 unbound volumes, eight pictures, one map, four tables …and one new broom.” One hundred and sixteen years later we have many more volumes and upgraded to a vacuum but our goal is still the same. We love being a part of the community as it grows and sharing reading and knowledge with our patrons.

The Library will be closed Saturday, March 30 as we observe the Easter holiday. We will re-open Monday morning at 9 a.m.

Now that it is April, spring in to reading with your child. Bring them for one of our weekly story times. For 3-5 year olds, Wednesdays at
10 a.m. and 18 months to 2 years,
on Thursday at 10 a.m.

Sign up now for our April Tech Intern spots. Our own version of a geek squad will be available April 3 and 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. to provide assistance for patrons needing technological guidance. With the exception of library related assistance, Tech Interns from the IB Program will be here to help. Bring in your iPads, cellphones and laptops. Due to popularity, pre-registration is required.

Join us Saturday, April 13 at
11:30 a.m. for our Friends of the Library Annual Spring Brunch. Lloyd Harris will be introducing his new book to Bartow (Images of America) and sharing some photos not included in the book. You do not have to be a member of the Friends of the Library to attend.

The Friends of the Library are among our biggest supporters and we encourage you to join and become part of this wonderful group. Cost of the lunch will be $5. Reserve your tickets by April 10.


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