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Books and Much More to be found at the Millington Public Library

By Linda Cooper

Darlene Morrow, age 7, shows off her bird feeder, made with a pine cone, peanut butter and bird seed.

Darlene Morrow, age 7, shows off her bird feeder, made with a pine cone, peanut butter and bird seed.

Dorothy Chancey, director of children's programs at the Millington Public Library, explains how to make a bird feeder.

Dorothy Chancey, director of children’s programs at the Millington Public Library, explains how to make a bird feeder.

Library Hannah Paschall tells library patrons about Ruby the red-tailed hawk. Library's computers are highly utilized by patrons.

Just a little more than six months into her tenure as the director and in-house librarian for the Millington Library, Arlene Griffin is finding new and innovative ways to bring the library to life through a wealth of activities and services designed to enlighten, inform and engage the community.
“I am passionate about my work, and believe the library is a mirror of the community.” Griffin said. “I am working toward what the community wants, and making them aware that the library is a place to come to for help with homework or for pleasure. I want people to leave here happy.”
Reading is still a big component, particularly literacy programs for children. Griffin noted the city of Millington has a large population of children under age 5, and if children aren’t reading, particularly over the summer months, they lose the skills they learn during the school year. Along with a summer reading program, a children’s story time for pre-school age children is held every Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m. In addition to story-telling, activities may also include music, singing, puppets, exercise, or a reading therapy dog the children can read to.
On a recent Saturday, Ranger Hannah Paschall, from Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park brought Ruby the red-tailed hawk to the library, to inform patrons about hawks and other birds of prey native to the area. Participants in the program were also invited to check out selected books on birds to supplement the program, and children were encouraged to create homemade bird feeders with pine cones, peanut butter and bird seed. “It’s a wonderful way to educate people in the community,” Paschall said.
Dorothy Chancey, director of children programs at the library explained the forest ranger series is an ongoing program the library hosts about once each month.
Puppies also come to the library from time to time to find families who may want to adopt them through MASH, Millington Animal Safe Haven, a local, volunteer canine rescue organization.
Griffin explained the Millington Police and Fire Departments are regular visitors to the library, bringing their K-9 dogs and fire trucks to introduce children to public servants in the community they may not see on a regular basis.
A children’s art class is held every Thursday at 3 p.m. Recent activities include crafting construction paper hearts to decorate the library for Valentine’s Day.
Those interested in hair and makeup trends can participate in a free demonstration and consultation being offered on Saturday, February 8 at 1 p.m., with Amanda Brown, a Mary Kay independent beauty consultant.  .
Griffin noted, “If you are bored, you can come and play board games,” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. one Saturday each month. Among the offerings are checkers, cribbage and monopoly.
Scheduled school tours and field trips to the library are welcome. Other activities and services being planned include informational meetings regarding veterans’ services, genealogy, aging in place and wedding planning, as well as tax preparation assistance provided to senior citizens through AARP.
Further, there has been a great deal of interest in an “introduction to computers” class. Library patrons may sign-up for this program.
“I’m a reader, I always have been,” Griffin said, and emphasized there are a wealth of avid readers in the Millington community. ”Almost every day there are people waiting at the door for the library to open so they can come inside, not all community libraries are like that.”
For those searching for specific books that may not be available at the Millington Library, the library is linked with the Germantown, Collierville and Arlington libraries to share books and resources.
In addition, Griffin noted, the library’s 10 computers and copy machine are heavily utilized by library patrons. “It’s nice to see the library is appreciated by those who come here.” Some patrons bring their personal laptops to the library to take advantage of the free Wi-Fi access.
“The library has great books and information,” said Demetrious Jones, a library patron working on his resume.
Funded by the city, the Friends of the Library organization also helps support the library’s programs and needs through the sale of items donated to the library. The next Friends of the Library book sale is slated for March I, at the Millington Civic Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to more than 7,000 books available covering a vast range of subjects, a limited number of videos, CDs, DVDs, records and cassettes also will be available for sale.
The Millington Public Library is located at 4858 Navy Road. Hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 12 to 8 p.m. The library is closed on Sunday. Persons who pay taxes in the city of Millington are eligible to receive a free library card. Other persons are charged a $35 annual fee. Fees are waived for military personnel with a valid military I.D.  For additional information about the Millington Public Library, its services and activities visit the library’s website at: http://millingtonpubliclibrary.org/ or Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MillingtonPublicLibrary or call the library at 872-1585.

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