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Library announces fall programs
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The Newton County Library System is offering some new services this fall, including new children's and teen's programs and two new book collections.

Youth programs
The library is starting up an artistic-based Mouse Capades program for toddlers and preschoolers, from 18 months in age up to 3 years old.

"Each session seeks to capture your child's imagination while developing language, listening and motor skills by navigating the world through stories, songs, dance and crafts," according to the library's press release.

For teens, the library is starting up Really Awesome TeenS (RATS), where teens will meet every other Thursday from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in Covington to "enjoy a host of teen activities, from anime art, pizza party, teen card swaps and gaming nights."
For more information, visit or call (770) 787-3231.

New book collections
The library will now start offering a "GoGreen" collection for youth at the Porter Memorial Branch Library, 6191 Ga. Highway 212, Covington, and leadership collections at both the Porter and Covington branches.

"In keeping with Porter's LEED GOLD certification, this collection is designed to educate children and teens on healthy eating, exercise, recycling and other things they can do in the community to help sustain the environment," according to the press release. "Be sure to look for the books with the little ‘green birdhouse.'"

The collection was supported with funds from the James H. Porter Foundation.

The leadership collection is geared for adults and focuses on leadership and management skills through books written by both contemporary and classic authors. The materials will be marked with a colorful "leadership" logo; the collection was funded by the Rotary Club of Covington.

Book sale
In October, the Friends of the Library nonprofit group will host its bi-annual sale of used and donated books and audiovisual materials. The materials will be sold at discounted prices at all three library locations: the Porter, Covington and Newborn branches. The exact date has not yet been announced.

The library system is also putting out a call for more volunteers to help in the adult and children's areas at all three library branches. Prospective volunteers can call the library at (770) 787-3231 for more information; volunteer applications can be printed from the library's website.