Summer Reading Registration Opens May 20 at the Commerce Library | Features

Registration opens Friday, May 20 for the Commerce Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is “Ocean of Possibilities”.

The Beanstack online program is being set up for customers to follow the summer reading, but paper journals will also be available. Leaflets containing information on special programs during the summer, as well as details of prizes that can be won for reading, will be distributed at the school and the library. Kids and teens can pick up a craft each week during the summer. This information will also be on the library’s Facebook page and the Main Street of Commerce Facebook page. Some of the crafts for kids include a sea turtle, a pirate magnet, and a fish-shaped windsock. Teens can stop by to pick up crafts to make shell necklaces, rainbow sensory jars and sun prints.

The first summer reading program will be a stopover where teenagers and adults will be invited to relax and paint sea creatures in watercolor. This is beginner friendly with no drawing required and will take place on Saturday 21st May and 4th June.

There will also be an exhibition of works by students of Laura Cox’s Story Book Art Club. These students have met with Cox monthly for the past year, and this exhibit will feature many of their creations. It will take place on Tuesday, May 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Other summer programs include:

  • Watercolor painting — Saturday, May 21 and June 4 (without registration)
  • Storybook Art Club Show — Tuesday, May 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Lee Bryan That Puppet Guy Circs Fanta-See — Thursday, June 2 at 11 a.m.
  • Magician Keith Karnok — Tuesday, June 7 at 11 a.m.
  • Block Party at Chaney Park — Thursday, June 16, 4-7 p.m.
  • Coastal Snakes with Mr. Andy — Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (walk-in)
  • Beatin’ Path Drumming — Thursday, June 23 at 11 a.m.
  • Story time with a mermaid — Monday, June 27 at 2 p.m.
  • Patriotic Program at Spencer Park with the American Legion Albert Gordon Post 56 — Friday, July 1 at 6 p.m. with music and fireworks afterwards.
  • Triwizard Tournament — Thursday, July 7, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (no registration required)


  • Another partnership has just been announced for those who have library cards. The Alliance Theater at the Woodruff Arts Center in downtown Atlanta will now be handing out four free passes to their performances. Call or drop by the library for details of this new program. Running May 25 through June 26, Trading Places is described as “a hilarious new musical inspired by the beloved movie of the same name.”
  • New adult dramas include: When She Dreams by Amanda Quick, 22 Seconds by James Patterson, The Homewrecker by Mary Kay Andrews and Summer Love by Nancy Thayer. There are both large print and regular copies of Stone Throw and Payback by Mike Lupica, Robert B. Parker, also on the shelves.
  • Non-fiction short stories include: Bill O’ Reilly’s Killing the Killers, The Art of Papercraft by Helen Hiebert, A Beginner’s Guide to Sewing by Hand and Machine, Shaq’s Family Style by Shaquille O’Neal, Half Baked Harvest Every Day, The 30 Minute DASH Diet Cookbook, The Everything Easy DASH Diet Cookbook, Move the Body Heal the Mind by Jennifer Heisz, Enough by Lisa Olvera, Hygge Simplified and A Brief History of Equality by Thomas Piketty.
  • Monday—Yoga at 10:30 a.m.; and chair yoga at noon
  • Wednesdays — Storytime with Mrs. Brittney at 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 26 – Financial Q&A from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; teen smash 4pm-5.30pm; and yoga at 6 p.m.
  • Friday — Baby and Me at 10:30 a.m.; and registration for the summer reading begins.