We all know that having a library card opens entire new worlds and endless possibilities for us. And libraries aren’t just for books, they offer plenty of entertaining and educational activities all summer long—for kids and adults. Let your library card give you the key to open up the doors for opportunities to learn this summer.
Thanks to the Henry County Library System (HCPLS) you can learn anything and everything from yoga, to science and animals to legos. You can even learn about preventative car maintenance. This summer’s theme is “Build a Better World.”
So far, the HCPLS has offered an Anime Night, Zombies in the Library, a Craft Night with duct tape, a Novel Building class, a Cookie Creation class, and a Cirque Du Todd event, where Todd juggled and showed “amazing feats of skill.” Like during the school year, there are book clubs, toddler storytimes, music classes and more.
Check out what free learning and fun opportunities your library card will provide to you this summer.
For a full list of programs with the exact dates, times and library locations, visit the HCPLS’ website’s calendar. You can also follow them on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all their programs and events throughout the summer and the rest of the year.
Passport to Henry
Passport to Henry is a self-guided tour that allows families or individuals to visit different locations in Henry County that are listed in your passport. As you visit each location, you’ll have it marked off in your booklet by an employee at the location or by showing the library staff a selfie of you at the location. The goal of this program is to garner participation in the community and expand your knowledge about the Henry County area and all it has to offer.
Author Deron R. Hicks Writing Tips
Teen and YA author Deron R. Hicks is the mastermind behind Shakespeare’s Grave and Tower of the Five Orders. However, he wasn’t always an author. He’ll talk to teens and tweens about how he became an accidental author, what has prepared him to be a writer, and what they can do to find the writing careers of their dreams.
Nope, that’s not a typo about Minecraft. Participants will learn about the science of simple machines with the Mind Craft mobile interactive science museum. Students will learn via video and live interactions about pulleys, levers, wheels and axles, screws and inclined planes. These simple machines come together to make up the tools we use every day to “Build a Better World.”
Doc Atoms “Explosive Science Show”
Doc Atoms is the wackiest and funniest scientist around, making science fun and exciting for children of all ages (and some adults, too!). Doc Atoms will teach participants why things go “BOOM” in his hands-on, crazy science experiments. For certain library branches, he will also bring along the “Doc Atoms Robot Petting Zoo” for teens.
Smokey the Bear
Smokey the Bear is back, and thankfully, he’s still talking about preventing forest fires. He’s certainly aged well, since he has been around since 1947. Take a trip down memory lane or let your kids experience Smokey for the first time this summer. And remember, “Only you can prevent forest fires.”
This six-week program includes gardening stories and hands-on activities with dirt, seeds and plants. It’s for elementary-aged children, and is being held all summer. You’ll even be able to take home materials that you use in the class! This program is conducted by the Henry County Master Gardeners.
Chef Carlin’s Hands-On Cooking Program
Chef Carlin offers cooking classes for kids, which includes hands-on learning of how to prepare, cook and serve a dish. And the best part—you get to eat the dish! Chef Carlin is an experienced culinary professional and certified personal chef.
Builder Event – Up, Across & Over
Teams of people ages 5 and up will work together to create catapults (up), ziplines (across), and bridges (over). This fun event will not only teach teamwork and critical thinking, but also some minor physics! This event is for ages 5 and up.
Babatunde is an African “freestyle” storyteller, who uses only a drum and his imagination to weave singing, dancing and music into a high-energy and highly entertaining storytelling session. He will be presenting “Kweku’s Journeys in Connecting Worlds.”
Does your kid love animals and everything about them? Bring them to Animal Adventures this summer, where they’ll learn bio facts about animals all around the world—and even get to meet some of those animals. Environmental Educator Robin Pressley-Keough will be teaching students about the food chain, endangerment, habitats and adaptation.
“Stim”ulating Activities Fair
This program is part of the “Neurodiversity” initiative by the HCPLS. These programs are tailored for teens and young adult will developmental and learning differences. There will be a variety of different stations to celebrate the energy and stimulation some brains crave. This all ages event will offer lessons on how to reduce noise, recipes to make slime at home, weighted blankets and toys, fidget toys, “chewlry” and more. There will also be digital resources available for guests to learn about how brains work. There is also an opportunity for participants to bring their favorite items for fidgeting and stimming for show and tell.
Gene Cordova: Ventriloquist
Gene Cordova is not only a comedian, but a ventriloquist who does magic, makes balloons, and has a hilarious program for audiences of all ages. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. He will be attending each HCPL branch this summer. Check out when he’ll be coming to a library near you!
Storyteller and balloon artist Laurel Alford will be visiting libraries and telling stories about animals through the wonder of balloons.
Fiddlin’ Dan the Mountain Man
Fiddlin’ Dan the Mountain Man is back with his fiddle, providing interactive songs, stories and humor for his audience. No matter your age, you’re guaranteed to be entertained!
Mobile Dairy Classroom
This outdoor event brings the Mobile Dairy Classroom to Henry County, where participants will learn how milk is processed. Guests will include the MDC’s family cow, Sadie, as well as the Chick-fil-a cow. The mobile dairy ambassador Miss Nicole will be answering questions about life on a dairy farm.
This summer, the GSU “Bio-Bus” will be traveling to all the different HCPL locations to teach relevant, hands-on, educational science programs. Depending on which branch you’re attending, participants will learn about water in the environment; the heart and circulatory system; acids, bases and indicators in chemistry; biotechnology and forensics; and states of matter in chemistry. For a special twist, there will even be a Star Wars geological module! The Chemistry States of Matter event on Friday, July 7 at 11 a.m. will be tailored for teens and adults with developmental differences.
Chef Connie Baptiste will be serving up a special luncheon of chicken tenders, green beans, rolls, mashed potatoes and dessert to help teach your kids proper table manners. Participants will learn the proper etiquette of fine dining. Space is limited.
Build a Better World – Energy
Central Georgia EMC is coming to Henry County to teach kids about energy and all its different forms. Participants will learn the basics of energy, why we need it, it’s characteristics, and its history.
What’s better than participating in Chopped (other than being featured on the television series)? Competing in Henry County’s own Chopped challenge AND getting the secret ingredient beforehand! Your goal is to build a better peanut butter sandwich and refreshing drink. Think you can handle that? Hopefully, you won’t be hearing the judges quote Chopped host Ted Allen’s famous line, “You’ve been chopped!”
Star Wars Night
This is a can’t-miss event for Henry County’s Star Wars enthusiasts. There will be a costume contest, and will be asked to try your hand at making Star Wars Origami, as featured in books by Tom Angleberger. Will you be joining the Rebellion or the Empire? Either way, May the Force be with you.
Hampton Adult Book Club
The Fortson Library branch is offering an adult book club that will meet every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. They’re currently reading Dirty Blonde by Lisa Scottoline, but will read various books throughout the summer and discuss them.
Under Construction: Duct Tape Zippy Pouch
If you ever have to fix something on the fly and quickly, Duct Tape is almost always the answer. It’s versatile and quite useful, and teens will be taught how to construct books, pens, clipboards, notebooks, safes and more with Duct Tape.
Build a Better World – Ukulele
Central Georgia EMC is providing free ukulele lessons for ages six and up. This is a great opportunity to see if this is something you’d like to invest your time and money in without having to purchase the instrument. HCPLS will have 10 ukuleles for participants to borrow, thanks to the Georgia EMC. If you have your own, please feel free to stop by without registering.
Building Car Confidence
This class is perfect for teen drivers (and for those of us who may need a refresher course). This class with Castrol Lube Express will teach participants how to change a tire, check your oil and how to have preventative maintenance practices with your vehicle. After this class you won’t even need AAA or Roadside Assistance!
Build sound-activated switches, sirens doorbells, and more by using Snap Circuits. Through this interactive learning class, participants will learn the basic concept of electronics.
Free Lunch at the Library
HCPLS is offering free lunch to anyone 18 and younger at ALL Henry County Library locations. See flyer for locations and times!
Baby Lapsit Storytime
This particular storytime is designed for children 0 – 24 months old. For a special treat, on June 13 at 10:30 a.m., Geoffrey the Giraffe from Toys R Us will be hanging out and wants to meet the kids!
Mumferd – Neighborhood Safety Show
Straight from Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre, Mumferd will bring a show about safety for young children.
Extraordinary Movie Talk
This program is part of the “Neurodiversity” initiative by the HCPLS. These programs are tailored for teens and young adult will developmental and learning differences. Following snacks and a movie, participants will discuss the movie, the movie’s main character, and other movies and books that are similar and/or fall under the same category. Attendees will vote between several movie choices.
This summer, put your crafting skills to use by learning how to make book charm necklaces, cardboard forts, maps, word clouds, chalk poetry and artistic bottlecap masterpieces at Crafternoons, where all the supplies will be provided.
There’s more to digital photography than Instagram and using your Smartphone to snap a photo. In this class, you’ll learn about a digital camera’s capabilities, what the technical terms mean, and how to give your photos more of an artistic vibe to them through angles, arrangements and posing.
Pizza and Building Your First Portfolio
When applying for jobs, it’s mind boggling just how much goes into creating a portfolio. You need a resume, cover letter, and for certain professions, even samples and clips of your writing, photography or design. This class is for people trying to branch out of their current careers or is just beginning to join the professional world. Participants will learn how to write resumes, ask for reference letters, write cover letters, and how to format all of the above. Enjoy free pizza while you’re learning.
Drawing Tips and Practice
This class for teens will teach tips and resources on drawing topics, including “clear things,” “light” and more. Whether you’re a serious artist or just like to create as a way to relax, this class is for all types of drawers.
Rock Decorating Contest
For children ages 2 through 12, there will be a rock-decorating contest that is judged based on creativity used to decorate the rock with the theme “Build a better world.” There will be three age categories: 2–5, 6–8, and 9–12, and participants can submit their designs during the month of June. Judging will take place in July. Prizes TBD.
Participants will learn about computer science by building mobile apps, designing games, exploring “drag and drop” programming tools, and working with robotics. CoderDojo McDonough is a free program brought to you by developers in your community and the HCPLS. CoderDojo is a worldwide non-profit group founded to teach young people (ages 7-17) to code.
Women’s Self Defense Program
This empowering women’s program will teach women to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well-being. The class is offered to women 21 years old and up. As many students have stated “This program is a wise investment of your time.” The goal of this class is to reduce the occurrence of sexual assault crimes.
For a full list of programs with the exact dates, times and library locations, visit the HCPLS’ website’s calendar. You can follow them on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all their programs and events throughout the summer and the rest of the year, and check out their insert in the Henry County Times for exact dates, times and locations..