BASIC SIGN LANGUAGE FOR CHILDREN WORKSHOPS AT THE LAKE PLACID MEMORIAL LIBRARY

Gisela Soto, sign language educator is offering a four-week course to introduce young children to sign language communication. Signing is based hand shapes, gestures and mime. Sign language is used in communicating with the deaf and also with others who communicate using the American Sign Language (ASL). Ms. Soto’s contributions to the field include presentations in schools, libraries and occupational centers. Gisela’s talents and expertise resulted in multiple community services which included direction of theatrical performances at the Long Island Theater for the Deaf in New York. She is a past member of The National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and past member of the National Association of the Deaf as well as Long Island R.I.D., Inc.
The four-session workshop dates are September 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 4:00 pm. and are free of cost and open to children of ages six through twelve year-old. Attendance is limited to 15 children. For registration visit the Lake Placid Memorial Library or call 863-699-3705. The library is located on the circle at 205 W Interlake Blvd., Lake Placid.

AUGUST RECEPTION, GAMES AND PROGRAMS AT DESOTO LIBRARY

August and the Dog Days of Summer are upon us! It is time for the kids (and teachers) to head back to school. It is also the election season with primaries the last Tuesday of the month. Whether you want to relax with a good book, a puzzle or a game of Scrabble, work on your education, pass your GED, learn to use your e-reader to access all the great books available electronically, or research our local candidates, come to the library. We will help you find the resources you need. While you are here, vote for your favorite photograph of the summer and then join us for a reception to honor our winners on Friday, the 15th of August.

FREE DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT EDUCATION (DSME) CLASSES

Free diabetes and nutrition education and demonstration divided into three convenient afternoon sessions at the Lake Placid Memorial Library: August 26th, 27th and 28th at 2:00 pm. These classes are offered by the Florida Department of Health in Partnership with the Heartland Rural Health Network. Registration required. Please call the Wellness and Diabetes Education Program at the Florida Department of Health Highlands County at 863-382-7294 or the library at 863-699-3705.
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TIME-TRAVEL 50′S SOCK HOP

“Time-Travel 50’s Sock-Hop!” at the Sebring Public Library Featuring the Live Rock Band: “Mr. Richard and the Pound Hounds” with sing-along tunes about fish, skunks, cool snakes and girl pilots. Mr. Richard plays music for hip kids (and their parents!).
So, what better way to end this summer’s reading program than rockin’ it away! Join us Saturday August 2nd at 2pm at the Civic Center next door to the library! Dress in 1950s styles! Travel back in time to the rockin’ 50s! Crazy-sock contest! Refreshments!
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MAD SCIENTISTS, NUTTY PROFESSORS AND EVIL GENIUSES DAY

Thursday,July 24th at 1 pm, will be your chance to dress up as a mad scientist, a nutty professor, or an evil genius and join us at the Sebring Public Library to celebrate Science! Come prepare to experiment as we make some “Super-Goop” for you to take home. Pit your wits in the “Genius Puzzle Game”, and win prizes; and travel with us through time as we watch one of Universal Studios classic films and eat some freshly made popcorn. Don’t miss it!

READ YOUR FAVORITE MAGAZINES ON YOUR TABLET

The rising ubiquity of ebooks has seen a lot of media coverage. By late 2012 the number of Americans who had read an ebook in the last year jumped to nearly a quarter of those over the age of 16. Libraries are as enthusiastic about providing access to information as ever, and many offer downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, music, and even online courses. In an ongoing effort to improve its services, last week the Heartland Library Cooperative rolled out yet another option in digital content: digital magazines.
Zinio, styled as the world’s largest newsstand, provides libraries with digital access to popular magazines from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Mexico. So far over 1000 library systems have subscribed, and HLC is excited to be one of them. At the moment there are 40 titles available through the Cooperative’s website. These include popular titles like Us Weekly, Prevention, Shape, National Geographic, Shape, Woman’s Day, Runner’s World, Cosmopolitan and many more. You can read your Zinio magazines on your tablet, smart phone or computer. Once you have downloaded the magazine, it is yours to keep.

CELEBRATE JULY IN THE COOL LIBRARY

Celebrate the summer in July with fun and reading at the library. This year’s summer reading program continues with three upcoming programs for six through 12-year old children which will take place on the following Wednesdays:
• July 9, 1:00 pm — Reading Boom! with Miss Kathy: Readings and surprising liquids, solids and gases
• July 16, 1:00 pm — Fun Day at the Farm/by Happiness Farms: Readings, activities and crafts
• July 23, 1:00 pm — Anne Reynolds —Archaeology: The science of digging
FREE children’s movies will be shown following the programs at 3:00 pm.
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