When I am a guest at an elementary school career day, I start by letting the students guess what I do for a living.

I list some of the tasks that I do at work: test slime recipes, show movies on a big screen, visit with therapy dogs, conduct science experiments and host bubble dance parties. Any guesses?

The kids are usually surprised to learn that I work in a public library (and thrilled to hear that they can participate in all of those activities, too).

I want to extend the same invitation to you and your family. Come join in on the fun at the Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library!

Below is a brief preview of two of our September children's programs:

• Do you know a child who dreams of becoming a veterinarian one day? "Junior Vets" is a free program for elementary school children who love learning about animals. It will be at the library on Monday, Sept. 9, from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Dr. Jessica Bianco, a veterinarian from Dalton Animal Care, will show the kids some tools she uses in her practice and answer questions. She will even demonstrate a physical examination on Shaonia, a therapy dog from the Davis Girls Therapy Dogs organization. After the presentation, participants will take on the role of junior vets at our stuffed animal clinic. There is no advanced registration for this event, but there is a limit of 35 participants on a first come, first served basis. A parent or guardian must be present during the program.

• For families with younger children, we have a special celebration coming up. Our "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Party" is on Thursday, Sept. 19, from noon to 1 p.m. and from 6 to 7 p.m. We are offering two sessions to fit your schedule. At the party, you can learn more about our free "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" program and, of course, get your little ones signed up. Current participants and graduates of the program are encouraged to attend, as well. We will have play areas for little ones, refreshments, a book raffle and a visit from book character Pete the Cat. Let's celebrate our community's future readers together!

While I have highlighted a couple of our children's activities here, we offer free programs for all ages at the library. To view all of our upcoming events, visit www.ngrl.org, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DaltonWhitfieldLibrary or stop by and pick up our latest calendar. We hope to see you in September!

Lizzy Gregory Stuckey is the youth services manager at the Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library.

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