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JAs want children to ‘fall in love’ with reading

The library and Junior Auxiliary are partnering up for a day of back-to-school fun.

On Aug. 11, the Lincoln County Public Library and Junior Auxiliary of Brookhaven will present “Falling in Love with the Library” to begin the new school year. 

“We’re very excited to be partnering with the Junior Auxiliary and members of the community to get the little ones excited about reading,” said Katie Beth Brown, the library’s children’s and youth services coordinator.  “We really hope to have a great turnout and we encourage all to come.”

Activities will include rock painting, crafts, movie time and story time.  A bounce house will be set up as well.  The event is free to the public and is geared toward students in K4 through second grade.  The event will start at 10 a.m. and end at noon.

Junior Auxiliary chose to work with the library because school will be starting soon.  Basing the organization’s project at the library gives area children an opportunity to visit the library and see what is offered.  It also gives parents an opportunity to show their children there is library access outside of school.

“I feel that all kids who have been to the library love going to pick out their books,” JA member Jennifer Price said. “If they wanted to go more than once a week while at school, the Lincoln County Public Library would be a great place to start.”

Each year Junior Auxiliary has a new provisional class which consists of women who are at least 21 years old with an interest in community volunteering.  The new provisional class will set up and carry out a new project for area children.  If the project is successful, it is then adopted by the organization to be carried out annually. 

The Junior Auxiliary chapter in Brookhaven was started in 1955.  The purpose of Junior Auxiliary is to render charitable services to the general public with an emphasis on children and to cooperate with other organizations performing similar services.

Story by Gracie Byrne