Library offers mixology class, photo scanning Saturday

Posted 7/13/18

The Cartersville Public Library is offering a couple of events Saturday that patrons may not have seen there before. This week will launch the Saturday Scan Day, where patrons can make an …

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Library offers mixology class, photo scanning Saturday


The Cartersville Public Library is offering a couple of events Saturday that patrons may not have seen there before. 

This week will launch the Saturday Scan Day, where patrons can make an appointment between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each Saturday at the library at 429 W. Main St. to use its photo scanner to digitally preserve their personal photos and documents up to size 9-by-12.

Director of Finance and Outreach Jill McAllister said listening to podcasts about family history topics gave her the idea to start looking into ways to help people preserve their heritage. 

"I was hearing a lot of discussion about the need to do this on a community level," she said. "The seed was planted. Photo preservation seems to be a worry for many of us. We know we need to protect these memories, but either we don’t know how to get started or we don’t want to purchase the tools necessary to do it properly."

She said she discovered the Georgia Public Library Service has scanning technology loaner kits available for public libraries, and "after taking a look at what they were using, we decided to purchase one for our patrons."

Those who want to scan their photos and important documents can sign up for a one-hour appointment on Saturdays to use the scanning station, located near the reference desk on the lower level, McAllister said. 

"But if a reservation is not scheduled for the following hour, we will allow the patron to continue working on their project," she said.

Once the materials are scanned, the owner can save them directly to his or her personal flash drive, McAllister said.

"We will also have flash drives available for purchase," she said. "Another option is to save the items to the owner’s personal online storage account."

Since the library has only one scanner, reservations will be taken for up to five people each Saturday, according to McAllister. 

"A reservation is highly recommended; however, we will allow scanning without a reservation if no one is using the scanner," she said, noting the staff will expand the service "if the interest is great enough." "How frustrating to take the time to collect the photos and not be able to use the scanner. We want happy patrons."

Library staff will be on hand to assist anyone who needs help getting started.

To sign up for an appointment, call the reference desk at 770-382-4203, ext. 138.

The second program on Saturday, On the Rocks, which goes along with the "Libraries Rock!" summer reading theme, will teach participants the basics of home bartending.

Mixologist Shane Haney will show patrons, who must be 21 or older to attend, how to mix some popular and classic drinks from 3 to 4 p.m. in the library's Nathan Dean Meeting Room. 

"It came up when we were brainstorming program ideas based on 'Libraries Rock!' — On the Rocks," Director Carmen Sims said. "Recently at a book club meeting, we read 'Packing for Mars.' The meeting leader’s husband, Shane Haney, made us Moscow Mules to go with the space theme. I asked Shane Haney if he would like to do a program on mixology, and we went from there."  

Participants will learn the basic items needed for a home bar, Sims said.

"Shane will also share some fabulous cocktail recipes — including his Moscow Mule — history behind famous drinks and tips for preparing a mixed drink like a pro," she said. 

The library staff has created a book display to support the class, which can accommodate about 20 people. 

"There are many famous authors, books and book characters associated with a signature drink, which we have compiled into a Literary Libations display," Sims said. "For example, 'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald features both mint juleps and the gin rickey."

Registration is not needed. For questions or information, call 770-382-4203.