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Jackson library to recognize efforts of Friends

JACKSON – The Jackson Library will celebrate the efforts of the Jackson Friends of the Library in October.

During the month, the library will offer activities for children, adults and families to commemorate National Friends of the Library Week. From Oct. 15-21, libraries throughout the United States will recognize the support that their friends groups provide, according to a press release.

“The mission of the Jackson Friends of the Library is to raise community awareness of what the library has to offer,” said Rochelle Blum, president of the organization. “Libraries are changing to meet the needs of the community. Libraries educate not just through printed books, but also through technology classes, digital materials and programs.”

In addition to promoting library services, the Friends raise funds for programs, activities and items the library purchases. The Friends hold annual and ongoing book sales.

The library’s new electronic sign, green benches, sundial and landscaping near the gazebo were all made possible by funds raised by the Friends, according to the press release.

“Our Friends are a dedicated group of volunteers who give their time and effort to support the library’s mission,” said Pamela Dong, branch manager. “There are many programs and items we would not have without their assistance.”

The library will host the following events:

• “Big Kid, Little Kid Sip and Paint Party,” Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Have fun with paint while enjoying soft drinks and snacks. This event is designed for older children to bring along their little loved ones and caregivers. Ages 5-12. Registration is required.

• “Put the Boo! In Books,” Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. Listen to spooky, scary stories read by members of the Jackson Friends of the Library. An opportunity to make a spooky craft will follow. Ages 4-10. Registration is required.

• “Books to Beer Fest,” Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. What are craft beers? How are they different from other bottled beers? Meet at Cornerstone Kitchen & Tap, 21 S. Hope Chapel Road, Jackson, to taste and learn. Book display provided by Jackson Friends of the Library. Must be 21 or over to participate.

• “Friends, Family and Fun Night,” Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Do you know the origin of crayons? Discover the crayon’s history and complete a craft activity. All participants will have an opportunity to spin the wheel and win a prize! All ages. Registration is required.

To register for an event, call 732-928-4400.

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