Sum­mer fun at lo­cal li­brary

The Standard Journal - - Lifestyle -

More than 732 chil­dren and teens have signed up to take part in sum­mer ac­tiv­i­ties at the Rock­mart Pub­lic Li­brary.

“We are pleased with the re­sponse to our sum­mer pro­gram,” said Sharon Cleve­land, branch man­ager.

“FIZZ! BOOM! READ!” and “Spark a Re­ac­tion!” are themes for this year’s sci­ence fun based events.

Li­brary staff is giv­ing kids a spe­cial paper upon which they will record time spent on read­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing at­tend­ing li­brary events. Chil­dren that are not read­ing in­de­pen­dently can have an older child, par­ent, or care­giver read to them. As the hours add up, the kids earn prizes from area mer­chants such as food coupons, bowl­ing, skat­ing, and goody bags. A skat­ing party at Fun Wheels will be held for kids read­ing 20 or more hours and teens read­ing 30 or more hours.

Chil­dren 12 and un­der must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult 16 years or older when vis­it­ing the li­brary.

Only two free shows re­main of those sched­uled:

Wed­nes­day, July 9: 11 a.m. - Story Hour with Rome Li­brary Pup­peteers

Thurs­day, July 17: 5 to 6 p.m. - Sum­mer Read­ing open house. Re­fresh­ments will be served and con­test win­ners listed. Con­tests and more: Beaker Seek­ers Scav­enger Hunt continues through July 19. Par­tic­i­pants are asked to de­ci­pher rid­dles to find the six lo­ca­tions around Rock­mart where Beaker the Mup­pet can be lo­cated. A prize is pre­sented to those find­ing all six.

A col­or­ing con­test will be held through July 12. Prizes will be awarded by age di­vi­sions.

Guess How Many will be held through July 12. Chil­dren will be asked to guess how many items there are in the jar? Each child gets one guess.

Cre­ative Writ­ing Con­test is sched­uled through July 12 Write. Each per­son will be asked to il­lus­trate a onepage story about a sci­ence fair project gonebad. This will be for up­com­ing third through fifth graders.

De­sign a Ro­bot made from re­cy­clables will be held through July 12. En­tries can­not be larger than 15 inches wide/tall. One en­try per child for ages five through 11.

Spon­sors for the 2014 read­ing pro­gram at the Rock­mart Li­brary are Chick-fil-A, Chop­sticks, Cici’s Pizza, City of Rock­mart, Cre­ative Dis­cov­ery Mu­seum Chat­tanooga, Dairy Queen, Fire­house Subs,

Floyd Bowl­ing/Clas­sic Lanes, Fun Wheels Skat­ing Cen­ter, God­bee Sid­ing, Hon­ey­moon Bak­ery, House of China, Kan­ga­roo Jakes, McDon­ald’s, Mel­low Mush­room, Pick O’Deli, Rome Braves, Rome Cin­e­mas, Sonny’s BBQ, The Steak House, Taco Bell, 333 On Broad,

Beverly Al­bea, EbyBrown, Fam­ily Sav­ings FCU, First Na­tional Bank, J & L Dis­count, Lovvorn Door and Win­dow Co., Mu­rata Elec­tron­ics, Polk Fam­ily Con­nec­tion, Polk County Farm Bureau 115, Rock­mart Kiwanis, Sew Purdy, Sim­ply Staffing Inc., Paul E. Smith DDS, Wal-Mart No. 4409, Wayne Davis Con­crete Co., Bruce and Laura Al­bea, Dan Forsyth Agency, Sun­Trust Bank, Tel­lus Sci­ence Mu­seum.

The Rock­mart Li­brary is open Mon­day through Fri­day from 9 a.m. un­til 5 p.m. and on Satur­days from 9 a.m. un­til 4 p.m. Con­tact the li­brary at 770-684-3022 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Sum­mer wed­dings are pop­u­lar and cou­ples of­ten want to share the oc­ca­sion with a cher­ished four­legged fam­ily mem­ber since pets are part of their love story.

If your dream wed­ding in­cludes Fido, Trip­sWithPets.com pro­vides the fol­low­ing tips on how best to have him there by your side on the most im­por­tant day of your life.

Con­sider your dog’s tem­per­a­ment: If your dog doesn’t like crowds, be­comes ner­vous in new sit­u­a­tions, or is very en­er­getic, he - and ul­ti­mately, you - may not have the best time at your wed­ding. You may be able to work around your dog’s quirks if you find a venue that suits his needs, or only have him take part in the wed­ding for a brief time.

Choose the right venues: Make things eas­ier on yourself by thor­oughly re­search­ing your pre­ferred cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion venues to make sure they are dog friendly, and suit­able for your par­tic­u­lar dog (a large or en­er­getic dog in a small, en­closed space may be a prob­lem). Dogs are not legally al­lowed in restaurants due to health codes, and many other in­door places have a no-dog pol­icy. Don’t worry! There are plenty of in­door and out­door fa­cil­i­ties that will wel­come your pet.

Put a re­spon­si­ble per­son on dog duty: You will be quite busy on your spe­cial day. En­list some­one - pos­si­bly a dog-lov­ing niece or nephew - to walk your dog be­fore the wed­ding, walk him down the aisle if need be, and watch him to make sure he has plenty of wa­ter and isn’t help­ing him­self to tid­bits from the din­ner ser­vice, or be­ing fed some­thing he shouldn’t eat by well-mean­ing guests.

Be flex­i­ble: Like small chil­dren, dogs are un­pre­dictable. No mat­ter how many pre­cau­tions you take, there is no guar­an­tee that your pooch won’t try to mark some­thing in the mid­dle of the cer­e­mony, be­come very in­ter­ested in a guest’s per­fume, try to sneak a treat from the buf­fet ta­ble, or sim­ply de­cide he’d rather sit stub­bornly than bring the ring to the al­tar.

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