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Apalachicola library plans a busy month

May has already arrived, and the Apalachicola Margaret Key Public Library has lots in store.

On Friday, May 6 at 3:45 pm, kids are invited to hear stories read aloud by our “Celebrity” (and mystery) reader… Who could it be this month? On Saturday, May 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. the Friends of the Library group P.A.L.S., hosts their traditional “Stock Up For Summer” book sale in the library, with all proceeds going towards library projects.

The library’s writers group, led by playwright and author Jerry Hurley, will meet at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 9 and Monday, May 23. Bring any ideas you have and discuss them with other local writers.

New this month, the library starts a Chess Club! The group will meet on Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Come to learn, to practice, to play, and to compete, with chess lover and volunteer Aliyah Herrera. A great game to learn for long summer days!

Thinking of a summer garden or heat proofing your plants? On Sundays May 15 and 22, Master Gardener volunteer Helen Golgowski answers any questions on plants and gardening from 1 to 3 p.m.

Another volunteer, Richard Lenhart will help with the STEAM Club from 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday, May 16. All science lovers are invited to play with different kits on robotics, mechanics, energy, motion – any theme you can dream up!

On Wednesday, May 18 from 1 to 7 p.m. all who are able are invited to give blood as the library partners with OneBlood to meet the demands in area hospitals. The very popular Book Club also meets Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. to discuss “The Last Ballad” by Wiley Cash.

Friday, May 20 starts the library’s very first Family History Friday with volunteer Brooke Hunter coming in to offer ideas and methods on how best to begin family history research. She’ll also have tips on preserving and organizing family documents and photos and introduce the features of the library’s Memory Lab, including a scanner and VHS-to-DVD converter. Bring questions and any documents you’d like to work with, as we dig into recording history.

On Wednesday, May 25 come by for the second ‘Knitting for Beginners’ class from 3 to 4 p.m. taught by volunteer and local knitting legend Sally Crown. Bring any projects you need help on, or just a curiosity on knitting. The library can check out needles and yarn to the first 10 attendees.

Books for Babies at 10:30 a.m. and Sunset Stories at 5:30 p.m. continue on Tuesdays, along with Lego Club on Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Franklin County students are invited after school to the library on Thursday, May 26 for a special treat to mark the start of summer vacation.

Any time, folks can enjoy the by-donation coffee and tea bar, peruse the book sale room, and check out books, puzzles, board games, DVDs and electronics.

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