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Busy year ahead for Bradshaw Library

VALLEY — 2017 looks to be a busy year for the H. Grady Bradshaw Library in Valley.

Director Mary Hamilton said in a recent interview there are many events to “get excited about” in the coming months.

On Jan. 12, the library will host a Lunch N Learn at 11:30 a.m. with Dr. Elizabeth Woodworth from AUM presenting “Sherlocked in the 21st Century: Why We’re Still Crushing on Sherlock Holmes” at noon. Reservations are required to attend and must be submitted by Jan. 11.

Then on Jan. 19, another Lunch N Learn with feature author Dan Halulman speaking on “The Tuskegee Airman Chronology.” A reservation must be submitted by Jan. 18.

For both events, call 334-768-2161 or email conniebeilfuss@chamberscountylibrary.org to make a reservation.

Other Lunch N Learns include: a showing of the movie “Hidden Figures” on Feb. 9, Professor Dana Chandler speaking on “George Washington Carver: The Man & the Myth” on Feb. 16, “History of the Recreational Vehicle” with speaker David Burel on March 9 and “Early Alabama Indians” with speaker Sue Mason to be announced some time in March,

The Chambers County Library Travelers have also begun registering those interested in the next round of Stay-N-Play overnight trips.

On April 28-29, participants will travel to Monroeville, Ala., to see “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and on May 7-11, travelers will visit Williamstown, Ky., to enjoy the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” is a unique experience because the play is held in the hometown of the author, Harper Lee.

The first act will be performed in an open-air amphitheater, while the second act is held in the actual courthouse that inspired both the novel and the movie.

The weekend of April 28 hosts a special Harper Lee birthday performance and the travelers will be attending a reception which includes hor d’oeuvres, a band and a meet & greet with actors.

This trip costs $165 (double rate/per person) and includes motor coach transportation, driver gratuity, one night of lodging with a hot breakfast, the play, a reception and a self-guided tour of the Old Courthouse Museum. A $40 non-refundable deposit reserves your seat today and reservations must be secure by Dec 21.

“We’re looking to have 50 people signed up by Jan. 20,” Hamilton said.

Less than a month later, travelers can spend a day traveling to experience The Ark Encounter, a life-sized Noah’s Ark built according to the dimensions given in the Bible.

Spanning 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high, this modern engineering marvel amazes visitors young and old.

Day 3 of this trip will feature The Ark Encounter’s sister attraction, The Creation Museum, which has 75,000 square feet of state-of-the-art exhibits, a full-size Allosaurus skeleton, stunning botanical gardens and a petting zoo. On day 4, travelers will enjoy one of the top-rated zoos in America, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens.

Next, participants will visit the famous Newport Aquarium, which boasts 70 exhibits, 14 galleries, five seamless tunnels totaling over 200 feet in length. Day 5 of this trip is a relaxing day of travel home.

The Ark Encounter & Creation Museum trip costs $550 (double rate/per person. A $50 non-refundable deposit secures you a reservation for this trip which also includes gratuities, 4 nights lodging and 8 meals.

Please call Bradshaw Library at (334) 768-2161 or email conniebeilfuss@chamberscountylibrary.org for more details about these trips or any other library program or event.

A complete schedule of adult programs is available at the library or may be viewed at www.chamberscountylibrary.org.