The public library is not just a building with four walls. During the summer we have established some great partnerships to make our services more accessible to everyone in the community.

This year we were fortunate to be a part of the Beyond the Classroom grant, which helped us bring free books, performers, fun creative programs and a summer reading challenge to several schools spread out around Whitfield County. Members of the community could visit any school location that was convenient to them as well as the library itself for fun, educational summer activities.

At these sites we had everything from a historical performer to a portable Starlab for families to enjoy. However, the cornerstone of the summer for us is our reading challenge and the ability for kids everywhere to be able to participate and access books. The school media centers of Cedar Ridge Elementary, Dawnville Elementary, Dug Gap Elementary and Eastside Elementary were open for the programs and to check out books. The participants in the reaching challenge had a time goal for June, and those who met it were entered into a grand prize raffle. We believe that reading efforts deserve to be rewarded.

The school partnerships are just one of the many things we do during the summer to encourage reading and provide family services. While summer is starting to wind down and school has started, we are as busy as ever bringing education, entertainment and family fun to you. To learn more about what we have planned, visit our website, www.ngrl.org, check us out at Facebook.com/DaltonWhitfieldLibrary or call (706) 876-1360.

Brandy Wyatt is the administrator of the Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library.

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