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Have you visited the back room at the Mill Pond Library in the past? It is filled with books for sale. Where do they all come from? Some have been weeded from our collection to make room for new books, and some are donated. Normally a bag of books would sell for $5.00 but for the next 2 weeks the library is having a "Back to School" sale and the price is slashed in half. There are westerns, mysteries, science fiction, romance, novels, children's books and non-fiction. We've worked hard on the non-fiction the past month to sort it in to categories to make it easier if someone is looking for a specific subject like gardening or antiques. There are also some books on cd and videos for sale back there. Anything that fits in a bag goes for $2.50 for the next two weeks. A portion of the money raised will go towards school supplies for children in need at our school district. We also have a collection box at the library for school supplies, put out by the Kingston Businessmen's Association. If you are out shopping for school supplies for your children why not pick up a few extra items and drop them off!! All your basic items are on the list: notebooks, folders, glue, pencils, kleenex, etc. The school supplies are kept at the school offices and teachers are able to get items for children, discreetly, who are missing something. Money donations are accepted also. The 1st Congregational Church of Dalton Missionary Society and the Kingston Lioness are two local groups that have donated to the cause. Thank you for helping us to help others.
Hero #4 of our "Every Hero Has a Story" summer reading program was Sharon Peterson. Sharon is an elementary school teacher and has been trained by Bat Conservation International in the conservation of bats. She brought along several live Egyptian Fruit Bats and an African Straw-Colored Fruit Bat. Her "Incredible Bats" program featured a slide presentation and then she brought out the live bats. The slide presentation was very informative but seeing the bats live and in person was the real show stopper. Children were allowed to pet a bat while Sharon held it and walked around the room to each person who wanted a turn. Surprisingly most of the adults in the room passed! Sharon also held the bat up in the air so the it could spread its wings and it was amazing to see an animal with a body that is only about 5 inches big have a wing span of a foot and a half. Sharon shared some fun facts with the kids like bats are NOT blind. And, if your parents have ever told you bats will get stuck in your hair this is a myth. If a bat has ever flown close to your head it is probably because a mosquito was hovering there and the bat wanted a tasty meal. 55 people attended "Incredible Bats" and the library would like to thank the Edna Pugh Trust Fund for sponsoring the program. Starting in August story hour will go back to its normal time of 4:30 on Thursday afternoons. All ages are welcome!