By Fran Cecere
The Culpeper County Library celebrates the 20th Anniversary at its current location. On Friday, March 2, the celebration will begin with something that many people have never seen. An 18 hole miniature golf course will be set up throughout the stacks. The Library will close at 3:00pm that day so the course can be set up. The doors will reopen to the public from 6:00pm to 9:00pm for a Homemade Dessert Buffet and Mini Golf for a five dollar fee. Pre-registration is required. To pay the fee, stop by the Circulation Desk at the Library any day through February 26, 2018. On Saturday, March 3, the course will still be set up for use on a first come, first served basis. This is a free event. Calfee Garden Club members will be adding to the decoration with beautiful floral arrangements.
Sponsors are needed to decorate each hole with obstacles for the golfers to play around. The purpose is to depict your particular business. If you would like to sponsor and join in the fun, contact Kathy Clevenger at 540-825-8691 or visit www.cclva.org for more information.
Starting on March 5 there will be an interactive Social Media Scavenger Hunt for items in the Library. The participants will be tasked to find two things each Tuesday and Friday. This will be a Facebook challenge. After the last challenge, the first person who found the most objects will receive a prize.
Each week of the month, “Word Find Puzzles” will be available. Puzzles are different for children and adults. When all the words are found and it is handed in to the Circulation Desk, the person will receive a small gift. Their name and email will be entered into the large drawing for a basket donated by community businesses.
Posters with a collage of pictures depicting the 20 year Library history will be in different locations throughout the building. There are many plaques on the walls honoring those community members who contributed to different areas. The original blueprints of the Library and the most popular books of 1998 will be on display. Other historical objects, such as the card catalog will be featured. The youth of today can learn about the cataloguing system used before computers became popular. An informational poster on top of the card catalog will explain how the information on the paper cards became computer data. Who used the Machine Readable Records (MARC) system to convert the data? Where was this work done? And why were these special workers employed to do this?
On March 10 the Fifth Annual Culpeper Tells will be presented at the Culpeper Baptist Church. The afternoon activities are from 1:00pm to 5:30pm. The three story-tellers are Josh Goforth, Ed Stivender, and Charlotte Blake Alston. For the first time this year, as part of the afternoon events Stivender will be presenting a story-telling workshop. Again this year there will be a Story Slam. Amateur story-tellers can submit their names into a hat and may be selected to tell their story on stage for a chance to win a cash prize. The dinner break is from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Attendees are encouraged to dine at some of the downtown restaurants who offer discounts if Culpeper Tells is mentioned. The evening performance begins at 7:30pm and this includes all three of the national story-tellers. The tellers are funny, poignant, and educational. Elana Clements one of the event coordinators stated, “Every one of us is a storyteller. Culpeper Tells is such an inspirational event. Each year I leave wanting to share my own stories and reconnect with family and friends through them.”
In addition to presenting at the main event, Josh Goforth and Ed Stivender will be telling stories at six Elementary Schools on Friday, March 9. This is the second year of partnering with the Culpeper County Public Schools to give students the opportunity to experience storytelling from some of the best professional storytellers in the country. It has been well received by the students and the teachers. Kelly Rozwadowski co-coordinator of the event said, “ Sharing stories brings us together as a community, highlighting how much we have in common. Storytelling fires the imagination with its vivid descriptions, providing a creative spark that can help students with their assignments and projects. It is also great practice to help us all become better listeners.” This part of the program is supported by The Meade-Palmer Grant from The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation and The Friends of the Library.
While there will be activities celebrating the 20th anniversary, all regularly scheduled activities will continue to be offered during the month. For public transportation, The Culpeper Trolley has a bus stop at the Library. For more information see www.cclva.org or the Library Facebook page.