Adult learning opportunities abound at libraries this month
by Jon Gargis
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Though young people of Bartow County are now back in school to learn the lessons of the classroom, adults will have some learning opportunities of their own this month at their local library.

All three branches of the Bartow County Library System will host events in which attendees can learn something, whether it be how to research, what to cook or how to sell their unwanted or unneeded items.

Visitors to the Cartersville Public Library will be able to attend a session on how to use GALILEO, Georgia's Virtual Library. A workshop on GALILEO basics will be held Thursday, Sept. 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; those wishing to go "Beyond the Basics" should attend the Sept. 30 session, which also runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Colleen Knight, Adult Services coordinator for the BCLS, said the virtual library system can help users search for genealogical information, resources for schoolwork or details in a variety of areas.

"Say you wanted to know the best type of laptop to buy. What would you normally reach for in print? Consumer Reports? I could show you how to find that for free online using GALILEO," Knight said. "I can show you how to research medical terms and medical issues using authoritative [sources].

"Nobody's vetting what's on the [Internet], so you never know if what your getting is true information. The things on GALILEO have been vetted," Knight added.

Those who like to cook will want to mark their calendars and plan a stop at one of the system's two other branches. The Adairsville Public Library will hold a recipe swap focused on fall harvest foods Wednesday, Sept. 8, from noon to 1 p.m., while the swap at the Emmie Nelson Public Library in Euharlee on Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., will focus on favorite tailgate party recipes. Attendees to either event should bring their recipes along with samples to share.

Seniors looking to become more savvy with Internet resources will soon have a program series geared toward them at the Cartersville Public Library. The first session of the "Keeping Up with the Jetsons: Current Cyberspace Trends" series will focus on selling items on Amazon, and will be held Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Knight said that while the topic has been discussed at a previous library event, this offering will be aimed at older library patrons.

"What we're doing is we've retooled it a little bit to turn it into more of a seniors' program, so it will be a little bit more basic, a little bit more hands-on on how you do it. [And] we offered it as an evening program, and it did get a good response, but some people said, 'Well, I'd like to go, but I don't like getting out in the evening,'" Knight said, adding that younger adults who wish to attend also are welcome.

Those who wish to learn about Native American history can visit the Euharlee branch Tuesday, Sept. 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to enjoy the first of a three-part series on the topic. Early Native Americans is the focus of the initial session of the monthly offering.

Both teens and adults are welcome to attend Thursday's program focused on the "Hidden World of Geishas," the latest stop on the library system's Japanese Cultural Tour. The program runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Cartersville branch.

Teens will have some other learning opportunities this month. Students who wish to take a free SAT practice test can call 1-800-KAP-TEST to take the exam at the Cartersville Public Library Saturday, Sept. 11, at 9 a.m. Space is limited.

The test is sponsored by Kaplan, which is also presenting a free workshop on SAT strategies Thursday, Sept. 16, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Younger library visitors also will have things to do this month. Girls ages 5 to 13 are invited to the Cartersville Public Library Saturday, Sept. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. to participate in the "American Girl" event. Troop 7920 of the Girl Scout Council of Greater Atlanta is putting on as a community service project this program, which focuses on the "American Girl" series of dolls, books and accessories.

"They wanted to do a community service project, so one thing they already had that they had done before with a lot of different girls, with the troops and some of the various Girl Scout organizations, was this program," said Thomas Shalin, Youth Services coordinator for the library system. "So kind of as a gift to us they were going to just go ahead and do this as a community service project, because it's something they're familiar with, something they love and something that's fun -- it's a win all around."

Attendees will get to take part in crafts, games and readings from the books, as well as learn about the Girl Scouts program.

"The Treefort" program, a regular library offering aimed at boys ages 8 to 13, will be put on Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Cartersville branch. This month's session will have Harley-Davidson of Cartersville and Earl Small's Harley-Davidson bringing a dirt bike to the library, while representatives from the businesses will talk about all things motorcycle related, including riding safety, riding tips and more. Dads and caregivers also are welcome to attend.

All three library branches will be closed Monday, Sept. 6, in observance of Labor Day. The next day will mark the return of weekly children's storytimes to the branches following a brief end-of-summer hiatus.

See The Daily Tribune News' School/Youth Calendar on Sunday's School Page and its What's Going On calendar for more listings of library events occurring in Cartersville, Adairsville and Euharlee. More information on the library system and its events can be found at bartowlibraryonline.org.