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Summer activities ‘hot’ topic at local library board meeting

Summer activities were the “hot” topic for Halifax County-South Boston Public Library Board members when they met Tuesday afternoon at the South Boston Public Library.

Library Director Joe Zappacosta told board members patron visits and circulation were up from last year at this time, and board members took a lengthy time discussing and reviewing policy manual revisions.

Following those discussions, South Boston Library Branch Manager Jessika Pettit told board members about programs planned for this summer.

According to Pettit, beginning on Saturday, May 25, at 2 p.m. at the South Boston Library youngsters can participate in a Lego building competition. Four age groups will be available to compete with the most popular design. Prizes will be announced to winners and given out on June 1, the opening day of the Summer Reading program.

Also continuing this year are story times from June 1 to July 27 with varying times at both libraries. Story time will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at Halifax Library and 2 p.m. on Wednesday and 2 p.m. Tuesday at South Boston Library and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. There will be a Saturday Fun Day every second and fourth Saturday at 2 p.m.

Pettit said libraries also will have some interesting visitors this summer including Magician Wes Iseli and the new library mascot on June 1 at 1 p.m. at the South Boston Library, and a pirate will drop by to see the youngsters on July 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Halifax Public Library.

Free computer classes on basic computer skills will continue to be taught at South Boston Public Library on Thursday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m.; intermediate Excel on Monday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m.; beginners Internet, Thursday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, June 26, 10 a.m.; intermediate Word; Monday, June 24, 6:30 p.m.; resume workshop, Thursday, July 11, 6:30 p.m.; and intermediate Internet, Monday, July 22, 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call Halifax Library Branch at 434-476-3357 or South Boston Library Branch at 434-575-4228.

The next library board meeting will be held Tuesday, June 11, at 4:30 p.m. at the Halifax Public Library.