Library offering out-of-this-world activities during the next week

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During the next few days, the Cartersville Public Library is offering a number of activities for adults and kids looking for something different to do.

For adults who like to learn new culinary skills, the library will present A Universe of Flavors: Asian Cooking Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Nathan Dean Meeting Room at 429 W. Main St.

Sehrish Ashraf will conduct an information session and tasting of Asian cuisine, and guests will get to learn about ways the culture of this region has shaped its food and sample some flavorful dishes. 

On Thursday, the library will partner with the Etowah Valley Historical Society for A Universe of [Family History] Stories: Ice Cream Social with EVHS from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the meeting room. 

Participants will be asked to share their genealogy and family history research stories during a story-swapping ice cream social that will allow them to pick up a few research tips from others who are tracing their lineage. 

“We value partnership opportunities with our local community organizations, and EVHS is a great partner for this event as they also have resources available for family historians,” said Jill McAllister, director of finance and outreach for the library. “Patrons will have the opportunity to share ideas and research interests with other family historians.”

Guests also will be able to learn about library resources that can be used to help create and share their family stories.

“Many resources are available for free to family historians in the library,” McAllister said. “Library staff will be on hand to answer questions and demo electronic resources such as Ancestry Library Edition. We will also have a photo scanner available for patrons who may want to explore options for scanning and preserving photos digitally.”

Patrons also can register for two upcoming summer genealogy classes at the library — FamilySearch on Saturday, July 13, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Which John Davis? Crumble Your Brick Wall Using Online Records and DNA to Identify Ancestors with Common Last Names on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

No registration is needed for the drop-by social.

“Take a moment to enjoy summer in your local library with a scoop of ice cream,” McAllister said.

The library will host a program called How to Prepare for an Alien Invasion with Chief Millsap Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. in the library meeting room. 

Bartow County Fire Chief Craig Millsap will do a presentation on what residents need to do to be prepared for  true emergencies such as tornadoes, ice storms and extraterrestrial takeovers.

All lovers of science fiction and fantasy will want to take part in a special summer reading book club that’s only meeting for two months. 

Adult services librarian Miranda Clody will be leading the Out of This World: Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club just for two months at Noble & Main Coffee Co. at 145 W. Main St. in downtown Cartersville.

“With this summer’s [outer space reading program] theme, we thought it would be fun to include it as part of our schedule of activities,” she said. “These are my personal favorite genres, and I have spoken with many people at the library who share the same interests.”

Clody also said she thought it would be “fun” to host the club meetings off-site, “and Noble & Main has delicious coffee and offers a nice space for meeting.”

Sci-fi and fantasy book lovers will gather Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss the suspense-filled, post-apocalyptic thriller “Wool” by Hugh Howey.  

“This is one of my favorite science fiction novels,” Clody said. “I am a fan of dystopian/post-apocalyptic stories, and in my opinion, ‘Wool’ is one of the best. This is the first of a trilogy, and the author has set the stage for a really intriguing, exhilarating and sometimes infuriating story.”

She also said the New York Times and USA Today best-seller has a “rather devoted following.”

“I wanted to introduce this book to others who have not had a chance to read it yet,” she said.

Patrons can pick up a copy of the self-published novel, which was Kindle Book Review’s 2012 Indie Book of the Year, at the library’s reference desk.  

“I have gotten books from other libraries through our interlibrary loan system so we have six copies,” Clody said. “There are still copies available at the reference desk.”

The July title for discussion will be the epic fantasy novel “Foundryside” by Robert Jackson Bennett.

Patrons of all ages are welcome to learn about reptiles and see them up close during a visit from the Georgia Reptile Society Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon in the library meeting room. 

“They came out to our library as part of our Magical Library Day, when the CONjuration convention folks were here,” Youth Services Coordinator Thomas Shalin said. “We thought it would be nice to have them out on their own to teach everyone about reptiles and bring attention to their organization.”

During the program, members of the nonprofit reptile conservation and rehabilitation organization will be  “educating everyone about reptiles, how they live, what they eat and how they are important to our environment,” Shalin said.

“They will probably talk about the best ways to keep reptiles and what are the best kinds of reptiles for pets,” he said.

Next Tuesday, kids can drop by the library lawn between 3 and 6 p.m. for an afternoon of Giant Bubbles with Sweetpea the Clown. 

Youngsters will be able to make their own giant bubbles and watch them float away.

For information on any of these events, call 770-382-4203.