Adairsville found a way to promote literacy and celebrate Easter and Georgia Cities Week all in one event.
The city, along with the General Store & Mercantile, Sans Souci Women's Club, the Bartow Literacy Council, the Bartow County School System and Harbin Clinic, will sponsor Bunnies & Books Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. downtown in Public Square to encourage kids to read and to introduce lending libraries.
City Manager Pam Madison said this is the first time Adairsville has done an event like this at Easter.
“We’re working with the literacy council and school board and Sans Souci to open some of those lending libraries throughout the city,” she said. “So we thought that we would do it around the Georgia Municipal Association Week and Easter and do kind of a books and bunnies or bunnies and books-type theme.”
Three lending libraries will be located in the city: Harbin Clinic, the General Mercantile Café in the downtown square and the summer feeding program site, Madison said.
“Once the Boys and Girls Club building is open, there’ll be a lending library there as well,” she said.
Many of the city leaders will be reading to the kids “about every 10, 15 minutes in the gazebo,” and youngsters also can receive books from the Bookmobile, Madison said.
There will be crafts and other things for kids that promote reading and literacy throughout the day, and Bartow County Library System mascot Booksby will be there, along with tiger mascots from Adairsville Elementary and Adairsville High, she said.
One of the highlights of the free event will be pictures with the Easter Bunny in the depot.
Parents can get a free car-seat safety check, and the Adairsville Police Department will give out Ident-A-Kid cards and do fingerprinting and pictures for those, Madison said.
“I think it’s going to be a fun event,” she said. “We’ve never done pictures with the Easter Bunny before. I’m hoping for good weather.”
Right now, there’s a 40% chance of rain for Saturday, and depending on what the weather does, the event may have to be moved into city hall so they don’t completely cancel the event, Madison said.
“We’re just going to kind of monitor the weather because it’s been changing every day,” she said. “It’s really hard to depend on Saturday’s forecast today.”
Those who are planning to attend should check social media for updates if it’s raining.
For questions or information, call the city at 770-773-3451.