Happenings at the Allied Gardens/Benjamin Library

By Kathryn Johnson

Sky Party

We will be hosting a sky party on Aug. 21 at 9:45 a.m. Children and their caregivers will learn about solar eclipses, create a fun craft and receive glasses to view the eclipse as a group. The glasses are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Did you miss the quarterly book sale?

If so, there is no need to fret as our Friends group has an ongoing book sale in the reading lounge of the library. This sale includes adult, teen and children books in fiction and nonfiction. There is something for everyone and, with nothing costing over $1, there is almost no excuse not to shop this sale.

School success for your ADHD child

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m., the library will host a seminar for parents of children or adolescents with ADHD who would like to reduce the stress of homework and have calmer mornings. Attendees will review what executive function skills are and strategies for developing these skills in their children. Participants will also have the opportunity to share strategies that have worked for them. The seminar will be led by Drs. Cindi Britton and Crystal Sanford.

Are you a Summer Reading finisher?

While the deadline to register for Summer Reading has passed, there is still plenty of time to finish reading 10 books or 10 hours for your prizes. Children, teens and adults can claim their prizes while supplies last.

Kids Book Club: embracing our diversity                 

For our final Kids Book Club for the summer, we will be sharing a story at the event so there is no need to read ahead. All incoming first through fifth-grade students are welcome to join us for a fascinating discussion about diversity, gain a deeper understanding of Islam and make a fun craft. This program will take place on Friday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m.

Over 100 pair of socks

Our generous community donated 112 pairs of socks for the Socks for Vets sock drive. State Sen. Toni A. Atkins, the coordinator of the drive, sent the branch a thank-you note mentioning what a wonderful contribution Allied Gardens made to the effort. Thanks to our contribution, 2,200 pairs of socks were collected and given to veterans experiencing homelessness.

Saturday Science returns              

The branch will start its alternating Science Saturday again in September. Kids ages 7 and older will be introduced to a science concept and take part in a hands-on demonstration. The first event will take place on Sept. 2. This will no longer be a drop in program so be sure to arrive at 10:30 a.m.

See you at the Library!

—Kathryn Johnson is managing librarian at the Allied Gardens/Benjamin Branch Library. Reach her at

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