Summer Reading

Cardboard Neil, the library’s summer reading mascot, ejnoys Palisades Park. -Facebook | Oneonta Pulbic Library

Cardboard Neil, the library’s summer reading mascot, ejnoys Palisades Park. -Facebook | Oneonta Pulbic Library

Oneonta Public Library

Join Oneonta Public Library this summer for a “Universe of Stories.” Registration opens tomorrow, May 30, at the library and guarantees each participant a free book. Children can enjoy story hour on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. There will also be special guests like Ms. Frizzle, Doc Atoms, and Mr. Breakfast on select dates. Kids can express themselves and get creative at Lego Club on Saturdays at 10 a.m.

Teens and young adults can participate in activities such as an interview with Star Power comic author Michael Terracianno on Saturday, June 22, at 2:30 p.m. There will also be a “Duel Monsters” game night on Monday, July 2, at 5 p.m. Be sure to read Ender’s Game and join the library for a viewing of the movie followed by a book vs. movie discussion.

Adults can look forward to Thursdays in June as the library hosts an Alabama String Art activity on June 6, at 5:30 p.m., and a Down the River discussion with Sam Howell on June 13, at 5:30 p.m. For those who love to read and discuss, join the Novel Destinations Book Club on June 20, at 5:30 p.m. For a relaxing weekday night, attend a showing of The Martian on June 27, at 5:30 p.m.

On Saturdays, June 15, 29, and July 13, Twisted Stitchers will meet at 1 p.m. The needle craft group welcomes all levels of experience. Children can play with toys while stitchers enjoy each others company. On July 6, there will be an “Out of This World Games” event at 2:30 p.m. There will also be a Mandala drawing lesson on July 13, at 2:30 p.m. Registration is required as there are limited spaces. During the Mandala lesson, kids can be entertained in the library by a movie. If you are interested in the Mandala drawing lesson, email Sharon at

Cardboard Neil will also be participating in library events this summer while continuing his journey around town. Be sure to stop by and say hello as he explores different literary worlds and the city of Oneonta. For more information about Oneonta Library’s Summer Program, visit the online events calendar at or phone 205- 274-7641. Blountsville Public Library

Blountsville Public Library is celebrating Alabama’s Bicentennial this summer with its program “Alabama Has Many Stories.” The age range for the summer event is open to children in kindergarten through seventh grade. Registration must be completed at the Blountsville Public Library and requires a library card. To get a card, proper identification and a guardian’s signature for patrons age 14 and under are required.

Festivities have begun and continue through Friday, June 28. Guests such as Maria Brindle will educate and entertain children with programs showcasing Alabama’s uniqueness on Friday, June 7, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. On Friday, June 14, the library will host a ukelele class beginning at 10 a.m. The following two Fridays, June 21 and 28, will provide enjoyable activities for children. For more information about the events and how to register for Blountsville Public Library’s Summer reading program, phone 205-429-3156 or visit their website at home.