Adult Winter Reading Program, for ages 18 and over, begins on February 4 and lasts through March 31, 2020. Each participant can read as many books as wanted. For every book read, they will receive a “red ticket!” The “red ticket” is to be placed in the Winter Reading Club bowl. Prizes will be awarded on Friday, April 3 at 4:30 p.m. If you have any questions, contact the library at 937-473-2226! The more books you read, the more special the prize! Keep those minds active in the winter!

In Celebration of Black History Month, JR Clarke Library will be sponsoring a Tween Book Club Reading of, The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore. Mrs. Roeth, the Director, will lead the book readings and discussions! Ages for the book club are 10 through 15 and each group will meet twice. “The book is about a boy trying to steer a safe path through the projects of Harlem in the wake of his brother’s death.” This book celebrates community, diverse cultures and creativity! The Friday group will meet from 1p – 2p on February 14 and again on February 28. The Saturday group will meet from 11a – 12p on February 15 and again on February 29. Sign-up are mandatory so that books can be ordered for each child. The price is $5.00. Contact the library at 473-2226 by Wednesday, February 12 so that books can be ordered.

J.R. Clarke Library is pleased to introduce the Veraflow© Yoga and Dance class that will begin on Wednesday, February 19 at 6:30 pm and last about 45 minutes. Lynn Blakely, fitness guru, has been an instructor for 19 years and was selected as one of the original Zumba Jammers TM, choreographing and educating fellow Zumba® instructors across the country from 2010-2017. Lynn is a former Group Exercise Director and has been a presenter at the international Zumba Instructor Convention and for Fitness & Yoga at The Arnold. Feeling the effects of higher-intensity exercise on her body, she discovered VeraFlow® in 2016 and began her journey toward a more flexible and peaceful life. In January 2018, Lynn began serving as the VeraFlow® Master for the United States and has now trained over 50 instructors in the program. In a VeraFlow® class, stretching is mixed into the dance routines and continues throughout the class. All routines are choreographed to the music. It is low-impact and the dance is more to have fun and warm-up the muscles. The class begins with a warm-up, progresses through standing routines and then moves to the floor where we continue stretching to the beautiful music. It will end with a mindfulness practice. Each class is $5.00 and participants are to bring a Yoga mat or beach towel. Contact the library at 473-2226 to sign-up now!

All Parents of Elementary/Junior High Age… J. R. Clarke Public Library will be holding a session on books, materials, DVD’s, etc. that we have available to help your child in school. You will have a choice of either Tuesday, February 25 at 12:30 pm or the same day at 6:30 pm. This workshop will be for parents, grandparents, teachers, etc. Come look and ask questions! The meeting will take place in the J.R. Clarke Alcove on the upper floor! Light refreshments will be served!

February Story Time at JR Clarke! Goodness gracious! It is 2020! We are off to a great start at Story Time. We have just finished a unit on bears and snow. Next, we will be reading books about exotic animals. We will also be exploring the alphabet sounds. Here is the schedule:

  • February 11 – Bring something that starts with the letter “A” or something that can get wet.
  • February 18 – Bring something that starts with the letter “C” or something that can climb.
  • February 25 – Bring something that begins with the letter “D” or something that can make noise.

Enjoy the wintry weather. Curl up with your Story Timer and read a good book! Sessions are held every Tuesday at 9:00a and again at 10:00a for children ages 3, 4, and 5 who have not attended Kindergarten. Contact the library for additional information. The class is taught by retired educator, Laurie Deubner and her side-kick, Sherry Angle.