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April 1: The Masonic lodge in Fredericktown is having their Saturday morning breakfast from 7-
April 4: More than 80 books have been read, the buzzers are ready, and the teams are in place for the return of “Knox County Battle of the Books” team competition on Tuesday, April 4, 6:00 p.m., at the Mount Vernon Memorial Theater, 112 E. High Street.
After the success of last year’s competition, 12 teams are scheduled to compete: Centerburg, Danville, East Knox, Columbia Elementary, Dan Emmett Elementary, Pleasant Street Elementary, Twin Oak Elementary, Wiggin Street Elementary, St. Vincent de Paul, and East Elementary. After not having a coach last year, Fredericktown will send two teams to the competition this year.
Battle of the Books was originally started and sponsored by the Mount Vernon City School System and St. Vincent de Paul School in 1993 as a friendly competition between teams of fifth graders who love to read. In its heyday before it was cut due to school budget constraints in 2012, the program flourished as parents, teams and supporters filled auditoriums for the popular competition and cheered on their favorite teams and contenders in good-
Program leaders Marilyn Chidester, Mount Vernon City Schools retiree, and Sharon Tharp, St. Vincent de Paul, revived Battle of the Books last year with a goal of opening the program to all fifth graders from schools throughout the Knox County area and homeschoolers. The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, like many other public libraries across the country, agreed to serve as annual sponsor for the Battle of the Books program with Central Ohio Technical College and the Friends of the Library. Additional support and prizes were contributed by area businesses and organizations.
Chidester said she has received support from area school board members and superintendents, and is thrilled to see more school teams and team sponsors sign up for this year’s competition.
The reading list of more than 80 books for Battle of the Books is compiled by librarians and includes all fiction genres—historical, classics, New York Times bestsellers—books that are well-
“Yes, B.O.B. (Battle of the Books) is a very competitive event, but then kids often like to challenge others as well as themselves,” Chidester and Tharp explained. “It is exciting to see if you can make it ‘at the plate’ …and it helps kids to strengthen memory and think about the story…the strength of fiction is that it puts kids inside the story. ”
The program encourages participants to become lifelong readers and share their excitement with their families, siblings, classmates and friends. It encourages teamwork and community team spirit. Many of the contenders from the past are now adults who read or have children who read and are excited to see the return of the program.
Families and the public are welcome to join in cheering for the teams and their coaches. The group is particularly hoping students or families of students in third and fourth grade this year will attend the competition as spectators and then encourage students to try out for a team as fifth graders in the future.
Anyone interested in learning more about the event or the Battle of the Books program can contact Debbie Baker, head of Youth Services at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, at 740-
April 5: Get ready to cheer as the buzzers go off during the annual “In the Know Team Challenge” on Wednesday, April 5, 6:00 p.m. at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 N. Mulberry Street.
Competition promises to be fierce again this year as the Mount Vernon High School In the Know team, led by Advisor Rob Fetters, takes on the “Community Team”, the “Library Staff Team” and the “Friends of the Library Team” in a good-
The public is encouraged to attend and cheer for their favorite team. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. For information, call 740-
April 6: FCDF MEETING has been CANCELLED. The next meeting will be May 4th at 7:45am in the Old High School Building on Columbus Rd. /
April 7: It is not too late to hop on in and donate to the annual “Bunnies for Babes” campaign at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 N. Mulberry Street, Mount Vernon.
Donations of a new stuffed bunny or stuffed animal are being accepted through Friday, April 7.
The program, originally started over 30 years ago by local media legend Charlie Kilkenny, provides a new stuffed bunny or animal toy to area children in need for the Easter holiday season.
Donations of stuffed animals with new tag still attached may be dropped off at the Mount Vernon main library or at branch libraries in Danville, Fredericktown or Gambier .
April 9: Palm Sunday
April 10: Passover Begins
April 12: Fredericktown Senior Citizens-
April 14: Good Friday
April 16: Easter
April 17: A look at “U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum.” will be the topic of the first 2017 monthly topics at the Knox County Great Decisions Community Discussion Group on Monday, April 17, 6:30 p.m. at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 N. Mulberry Street, Mount Vernon.
What is the effect of U.S. petroleum security on foreign policy? For 45 years, the country has alternated between periods of energy security and insecurity, sometimes able to wield petroleum as a useful instrument of foreign policy, sometimes not. Despite the so-
The Knox County Great Decisions group was formed and began community discussions on foreign policy topics last year. The project is led by a volunteer community advisory group. Developed by the Foreign Policy Association (a national, independent, nonpartisan, non-
The program brings millions of Americans together in study groups to discuss, debate, and learn about foreign policy issues. Each year FPA publishes "Great Decisions," a Briefing Book and a related DVD with PBS programs on eight foreign policy issues as the basis for these discussions.
A Great Decisions discussion group is composed of interested individuals who want an opportunity to learn about and participate in the foreign policy decision-
Each participant’s point of view carries equal weight and everyone is encouraged to share opinions and ideas. Consensus is not a goal. The focus of the Great Decisions discussion group is the critical examination of all issues and opinions; each recognized as equally valid.
Participants can fill out an online or printed ballot after each program. The ballots are sent to FPA, where they are tabulated, analyzed and published in the National Opinion Ballot Report. The report is presented to the White House, members of Congress, the departments of State and Defense, the national media and participants in the Great Decisions Discussion Program. It is a valuable way to share the informed opinions of citizens with the people who shape U.S. foreign policy.
The monthly discussion program is free to attend and open to the public. Copies of the 2017 Great Decisions workbook are available at the main library circulation desk prior to the program. Additional copies of the workbook will be available for purchase at the discussion. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, call the main library at 740-
April 22: Annual Quilter’s Market Day
April 25: An inside look at the New York Times bestseller, “Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison,” by Shaka Senghor, will be featured at the Adult Book Discussion on Tuesday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 N. Mulberry Street.
PLMVKC Director John Chidester had the opportunity to hear Senghor address the Ohio Library Council State Conference this past fall and he will share some insight into how books, and a prison library, turned Senghor’s life around in prison and put him on the path he travels today.
In 1991, Senghor was sent to prison for second-
Senghor was raised in a middle class neighborhood on Detroit’s east side during the height of the 1980s crack epidemic. An honor roll student and a natural leader, he dreamed of becoming a doctor-
“Writing My Wrongs” is a redemption story told through a stunningly human portrait of what it's like to grow up in the gravitational pull of poverty, violence, fear, and hopelessness. It's an unforgettable tale of forgiveness and hope, one that reminds us that our worst deeds don't define who we are or what we can contribute to the world. It is a lasting testament to the power of compassion, prayer, and unconditional love, for reaching those whom society has forgotten.
A preview of the award-
The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Copies of the book are available at library locations or can be purchased at area book stores.
April 27: UMD Automated Systems will be holding the Groundbreaking Ceremony for their new Engineering Office Expansion on Thursday, April 27th at 3:00 pm.
April 30: The classic comedy film, “You Can't Take It with You” will be featured at the Silver Screeners Free Classic Movie Matinee on Sunday, April 30, 1:30 p.m. at the Public Library of the Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 N. Mulberry Street, Mount Vernon.
The 1938 American romantic comedy film directed by Frank Capra and starring Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, and Edward Arnold. Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-
The film received two Academy Awards from seven nominations: Best Picture and Best Director for Frank Capra. This was Capra's third Oscar for Best Director in just five years, following “It Happened One Night” (1934) and “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town.” It was also the highest-
The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Christmas in July event will be held Saturday, July 8th in Fredericktown. It is for Interchurch Social Services and their Food for the Hungry Drive. This event will be from 5-