Dianne Davis was initially told the Chatsworth-Murray Library was too small to be considered for a special story time with a clown from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.
So when Davis, co-branch manager, found out they had been chosen for the program this year, she was surprised.
“Usually just the bigger libraries get him,” she said. “I’m so delighted.”
The clown will be at the library on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. to read stories and do activities with the children.
It is part of the Reading with Ringling Bros. program that the library participates in, where children can read five books and receive a free ticket to select shows in February in Atlanta. Shows are Feb. 5 through 9 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center and Feb. 12 through 17 at Philips Arena.
“Anything free for the kids, I request,” Davis said. “Anything that will get kids reading.”
Davis’ mother, the late Pat Ausmus, was branch manager of the library for several years. She loved creating programs for children to encourage reading.
“We’re carrying on what she wanted us to do — anything that would get kids enjoying books and keep them entertained,” Davis said.
The library has also added two new computers geared specifically toward children. They feature educational games, one for preschoolers and one for elementary school-age children.
Davis said they have also included in their budget this year the purchase of new furniture in the children’s area. She plans to have reading areas for children and their parents to sit down together and read. She’ll be adding new puzzles and activities for children as well.
“We haven’t updated this area in a long time,” Davis said.
Justin Stinnett, the other co-branch manager, said the library has purchased new computers and offers free wi-fi for adults.
Patrons can also check out digital magazines and audio books, which are downloaded onto a tablet or other smart devices. They expire after two weeks.