Leisure learning

Published 8:48 pm Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Summer Library Program at Troy Public Library got off to a blazing start this week with programs for children ages four through 11 and young adults through age 18.

The children’s programs are filled but the beginning and intermediate drawing and silk screening classes for young adults have been reopened, said Teresa Colvin, children’s and young adult coordinator.

“We had a lot of interest expressed in those classes and we have reopened the classes to accommodate the interest,” Colvin said.

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Aimee Golden, a member of the library staff, is teaching the drawing classes, and Colvin said the library is fortunate to have her.

“Aimee is an art major and is a real addition to our staff,” Colvin said. “She worked with us as a college student and now is a valuable member of our staff. Her talents make it possible for us to offer art in our summer library program, and the young adults are learning a lot and having a good time discovering their artistic abilities.”

The young adult summer library program includes a drama workshop, game day activities and Project Runaway.

“That’s a new activity for us and one the kids will really enjoy,” Colvin said.

“They will be given ‘materials’ such as garbage bags, bubble wrap and newspapers and be challenged with designing an outfit and then modeling it. They will have a lot of fun with this one.”

The highlight of all Troy Public Library Young Adult programs is the Murder Mystery Lock In.

“We, laughingly, said that the young adults are dying to get in,” Colvin said. “We have increased the number that can participate so we do have open slots for this year’s mystery, ‘The Diva’s Demise’ on July 16. The participants must investigate the crime scene and carefully examine the evidence in order to solve the crime.”

Those who are interested in participating in the drawing and screen-printing classes and the Murder Mystery Lock In are encouraged to call the Troy Public Library at 566-1314 to register.

The next beginning drawing class will be from 1 until 2 p.m. on June 17 and the intermediate class from 2 until 3 p.m. on the same day. The screen-printing class will be from 2 until 4 p.m. on July 8.