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October 27, 2013

Library’s annual family festival proves popular

VALDOSTA — South Georgia Regional Library transformed itself Saturday from the typical quiet area into a fun-filled family festival, on the exterior, while the interior resumed business as normal.

The fun-filled family festival was the library’s 12th Annual Fall Carnival. This event was sponsored by the Friends of South Georgia Regional Libraries. Which raises money through donations, and selling books. The support organization helps the library by funding the Fall Carnival and the Snow Day, also by purchasing books, said Patrick Spurlock, SGRL’s community relations coordinator.

The carnival featured storytelling, carnival games, two bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, arts and crafts, popcorn, and snow cones. The bounce houses were the most fun activity at the event, according to the children in attendance.

Friends of South Georgia Regional Libraries provided all of these activities at no cost to the visitors.

Library Director Kelly Lenz said, “This event is held to attract residents to the library. We want people to come here to read, check out books, and to utilize all of the resources that the library has to offer.”

Mertez Evens, Dexter Deudle, and Lamar Thomas operated the snow cone machine. They volunteered because they love to make kids smile.

The Kappa Delta Sorority from VSU had many volunteers at the carnival.

Cady Clarke and Taylor Crutchfield volunteered at the event because they like kids, and enjoy seeing them have fun.

Lenz estimated that 200 to 300 people attended the library’s fall carnival.

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