PALATKA – News from the Putnam County Library System:
CALLING ALL SCHOOL AGE INVENTORS! The “Make Life Easier” Invention Convention @ your local library is going on now! Tell us all about your creative idea or invention that will make life easier or tell us about your favorite inventor (living or historical) or favorite invention. Entries can run the gamut from “concept” to “working prototype.” We want your ideas no matter what phase of the invention process you’re in!
There are two age divisions: 6-10 and 11-18. One grand prize winner will get a brand new 3D printer! First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded in each age group at each branch with one grand prize (3D printer) awarded for the top competitor. Winners of each local competition will compete via video entry (recorded at the library) with winners from the ten branch libraries across two counties (all five branches in the Putnam County Library System and all five branches in the Levy County Public Library System).
Prepare your entries now! Competition dates/judging will be held on:
· Palatka: Saturday, April 21st @ 10am-12pm
· Bostwick: Saturday, 21st @ 10am-12pm
· Interlachen: Saturday, 21st @ 10am-12pm
· Crescent City: Friday, April 27th between 2-5pm
· Melrose: Wednesday, April 25th at 12noon
Pick up an “Inventor’s Guidebook” brochure and entry form at your local library, FunInPutnam.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOCAL AUTHOR COLLECTION AT THE PUTNAM COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM! We are accepting donations from local authors for our Local Author Collection. These books will be located on a special shelf and feature a local author sticker on the book spine. We are accepting hardcover and paperback books including non-fiction, memoir/biography, fiction, young adult, and children’s titles. The Local Author Collection is part of an “Every Story Matters” campaign which will focus on supporting and developing local authors as well as local and oral history projects. For more information, contact Jeremy at the Headquarters Palatka Library at 386-329-0441 or by email: email@example.com.
The first of these books should make their way onto the shelves of all five branches by summer with storytelling events, local author meet and greets, creative writing competitions, and workshops on how to conduct oral history interviews starting up in June and July. If you have previously donated your book to the library and would like to make sure it’s included in our local author section, please let us know. For the purposes of this project, “local author” is defined as any author living or working in Putnam County (or counties that share a border with Putnam) now or at some point in the past.
We will also be accepting local author e-books in the very near future. Be sure to check out our local author workshops at “How-To Fests” this summer at your local branch library.
CELEBRATING NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK APRIL 8-14: The Putnam County Library System is celebrating National Library Week April 8-14 with customer appreciation days and special programs. More information will be available soon! National Library Week is an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study—they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions. Libraries of all types have long been evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve and the Putnam County Library System is no exception with resources like FREE e-books and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) workshops for children and teens! To learn more, visit your local branch during National Library Week.