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Library ramping up for local spring activities

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I think spring is almost here, but it is hard to tell with this crazy weather. I know it officially starts today, but it is cold, gloomy, and quite frankly wintery.

I miss the consistency of July and August. You pretty much know it is going to be hot with varying levels of high humidity. These days, it will be 65 degrees one day and the next day it will snow from sun up to sun down. 

I know I should be more optimistic. I should be thankful for the 65 degree day, but I sure do miss sunshine.

I have been blaming everything on the weather. If you have had a conversation with me lately, I am sure I lamented why a headache or a sniffle is all Mother Nature’s fault.

But Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early summer, and I am seeing more and more flowers and robins. I know spring and summer are on their way, I just need to be more patient and remember this feeling when I want to wear comfy sweaters in September.

One thing that has helped us get through the winter doldrums at the library is planning programs for the spring and summer.

I hear over and over again how there is never anything to do in Carroll County. Well they haven’t tried to find an open evening to plan an event. 

There is so much coming up in the next couple of months. This week starts with the Carroll County High School’s performance of “Les Miserables.” I am so excited the tradition of spring plays has returned to our community.

In April we begin to take submissions for our annual Mary Ann Gentry Art Show. We will take two submissions per artist and hold our artist celebration on May 10.

April is National Poetry Month and we will hold a poetry slam in the community celebrating our local poets. We will begin accepting submissions for this event on April 1.

Things will not slow down in May, either. The Mudathalon is May 11 at General Butler State Resort Park.  The Port William Players will be presenting a production of “Steel Magnolias” May 17 and 18. Students also will be busy with end of the year activities, such as prom, spring sports and graduation throughout March, April and May.

The library kicks off our Summer Reading Program, Dig into Reading, on June 1 with a book fair and a visit by a special literary friend. This will be two months of reading, programs and fun. Programs will be held at the library, at the school system and possibly other places throughout the community. 

Our day-to-day programs continue during this time as well, like Walk-Away the Pounds, Zumba!, computer classes, Craft Fridays and Court Street Cinemas. 

These are just the events that I am involved in. I am sure I have missed many other things going on throughout the community. Look for community newsletters, local newspapers and social media as a resource to find out what is going on in our community before you say there is nothing to do in Carroll County. I think we are a pretty busy little town.

Hillary Arney is director of the Carroll County Public Library in Carrollton, Ky.