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By Neila Schuhmann

Even though being quiet is the No. 1 rule, children can still have loads of fun at the public library.

On Tuesday, Friends of the Taylor County Public Library hosted a Spring Thing - an event featuring story time, pottery painting, coloring, snacks and more.

About 12 children and several adults attended.

The Friends began hosting monthly events in January, and, according to the organization's president, Kathy Maynard, the group hopes to continue offering special events.

"We're going to try to do something every month," Maynard said. "Each month will have a different theme."

Maynard said the goal of the group is to promote programs and events for children and adults, to encourage reading and participation in the arts and literature. And the group would like to add more members to its roster.

"We encourage anyone who wants to join us," Maynard said.

There is no fee to join the Friends' group, and the next meeting is Thursday at 11:45 a.m.

Taylor County Public Library will also begin offering evening hours for those in the community who aren't able to use its services during daytime hours.

Beginning April 1, the library will be open till 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

According to library director Elaine Munday, patrons have requested that the library stay open later.

"The Board was all for it," Munday said, "anything to serve the community better."

Munday said she anticipates the new evening schedule to remain in place for at least the rest of the year. Then, she said, the Board will decide if the new hours are being used enough to continue.

The Library Board has also hired an architect who is working on the floor plan for the new library, which will be located on Broadway near Ancil Reynolds' Used Cars.

The Board will apply for a grant once the plans are finalized.

"It's moving along slowly. But we're getting there."

- Social Writer Neila Schuhmann can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 224 or by e-mail at cknj@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.