New Library Programs Offer Residents Opportunity to Grow

Flushing residents can count on a few new opportunities to learn and interact with their neighbors at their local public library.

A branch of the Martins Ferry Public Library, the Flushing facility is named the Victoria Read Public Library after a local benefactor. It is now offering programs in literacy, crafting, support and more.

For children, the library hosts a weekly story time at 12:30 p.m. on Mondays. Designed for children ages 3-5, the class provides crafts, games, stories and educational programs.

“We run it every year after Labor Day,” said library employee Sheri Ferda. “They practice educational things and get a chance to meet friends and socialize.”

Outside of sessions at the library, the program also takes field trips to firehouses and brings in special speakers such as music teachers to further educate youngsters and prepare them for the public school system.

From 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays, a craft class with a twist is hosted by the library. Unlike many craft classes where an instructor educates the class, crafters gather and teach each other their own arts in a social, mutually beneficial atmosphere.

“They’re working on weaving right now,” said Ferda, adding that the educational experience is improved by the community aspect of the program.

For residents struggling with their weight and eating habits, there is a “Working At It Together,” group that meets from noon to 2 p.m. every Saturday. In this program, Ferda said, people are working to help each other to lose weight so individuals do not have to face their weight problems alone.

With Halloween fast approaching and Christmas following behind it, the library has begun planning its yearly holiday celebrations. Ferda said it has been confirmed that the Flushing Christmas parade will take place Dec. 8. The time has not yet been decided, but after the parade is over there will be an open house at the library with Santa Claus as the guest of honor. Complimentary refreshments will be served for residents who want to come.

To help residents improve their computer skills, the library will have a free computer class in the near future. Dates and times have yet to be finalized, but Ferda said anybody can still call 740-968-3891 to inquire and set up their time to take the class.

‘We need 8 to 10 people at a time,” said Ferda. “We already have 16, but we still have space.”