First, I wanted to remind folks that the Community Blood Center will be in Covington for their next blood drive on Monday, June 12. The blood drive runs from 3-7 p.m. at the Covington Eagles Hall. If you’re able to donate next week, please plan on it. Summer is more challenging to find suitable blood donors, with folks on vacation and busy with summer activities.
And I have a bit of a correction of information I provided last column. The Covington Christian Church’s salad luncheons will begin in about a week and a half, on Friday, June 16. I had misreported the date last time. The salad luncheons will again be served the third Friday of each month, beginning in June. These will run through October, and serving times each month will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The staff of the J.R. Clarke Library is working hard with a busy summer slate of programming. This year’s Summer Reading Program theme is “Build a Better World.” Early registration is now over, but children can still stop in any day throughout the reading program to sign up and receive their tally sheet. Reading dates are from Monday, June 5 through Saturday, July 22. Swing into the library and pick up lots of books with the kiddos! Bring that tally sheet in each week to show your reading, and receive a weekly prize. Kids will also earn a chance to enter their name in the drawing for the prize of choice!
Also in library news, there are programs planned for kids each Wednesday this month. Brukner Nature Center will be at the library on Wednesday, June 7 at 11 a.m. The Brukner staff will be bringing along three live animals for a 45-minute program. It should be a lot of fun for the kids and the whole family! And the next week, Covington Police, Fire, and Rescue Squad will have representatives at J.R. Clarke on Wednesday, June 14 at 11 a.m. for a visit that the whole family is welcome to attend. They may even have a few surprises! Wednesday, June 21 will bring the Miami County Park District to the library for a program that will teach kids about planting habitats for pollinators. This program starts at 11 a.m. and is for grades K-6. And lastly, on Wednesday, June 28, at 11 a.m., Belle, Pita, Ruby and their owners will be at J.R. Clarke to share a bit about the Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association’s program and each individual dog. You won’t want to miss this special event!
The Upper Valley Wellness Nurse will visit on Tuesday, June 13, from 9-10:45 a.m. for free blood pressure checks and glucose screenings. And there are several adult programs taking place this month as well. This coming Thursday, June 8, is a “Fine Arts with Nicole” workshop. This program will be taught by CHS art teacher Nicole Crawford, is for ages 13 to adult, and runs from 6-8 p.m. Swing by and ask for more information at the library’s front circulation desk. Signing up ahead of time is encouraged, in order to better plan the program. And on Thursday, June 22, the Miami County Park District will be at the library to host the “Adults Planting Pollinators” program. This is for adults to learn about plants that can help create habitats for pollinating insects. Make plans to join and learn how to plant a pollinator garden. This program is also at 6 p.m.
And lastly this week in J.R. Clarke Library news, all sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students are invited to take part in the Middle School Summer Reading Program. Sign up, record the titles of books read between June 5 and July 22, and earn tickets to enter in the drawing for the prize of your choice. It will be a busy month, so swing by our busy Covington library for activities to help enjoy your summer!
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