Extension, Library offer many programs

Published 9:54 am Thursday, August 15, 2013

If the reports given by the Crenshaw County Extension Office and the Luverne Public Library are any inclination to the opportunities that abound for local school children, then there is plenty for everyone.

At an early morning meeting at the Library, County Extension Coordinator Derek Bryan and Library Director Kathryn Tomlin reviewed the activities the programs have taken on this year.

Among the programs offered through the extension office are 4-H special programming, including junior master gardeners for children 8 and up; Health Rocks!, a program that fits into an afterschool program, science or PE class for children 8 and up and aims to promote healthy living; Just Move Alabama, which is for ages 9-13 and includes lessons that focus on physical activity, while making connections with nutritional needs for the body; and Body Quest, which is an obesity prevention program.

Bryan also talked about the Classroom in the Forest, 4-H Southeast Regional Round up, county public speaking competition, Farm City kindergarten tour, ground water festival in which all schools in the county participate, 4-h wildlife habitat evaluation team and more.

Tomlin reported strong participation in the libraries programs, which include Mommy & Me story time, Healthy Kids Program, summer reading programs and more.

Some 2,436 people participated in the programs since Oct. 1.

Computer usage is a draw to the library, but books remain the leader, Tomlin said.

“We are thankful to have the computers,” she said.

Some 32,484 items, which include computer usage, DVDS and books were checked out since Oct. 1.

“We are really blessed,” she said.

Bryan said he hopes to partner more with the library through its educational programs.