Fayette Library Busy With Many Activities In April

The Fulton County Health Center will have a cholesterol Screening here at the Library on Monday, April 21 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. There will be a $5.00 donation to the Fulton County Heart Radiothon. No fasting is required for this test which will screen for HDL and LDL levels and provide a ratio. Glucose sugar testing is also provided. No advance sign up is required. Rachel Kinsman, health educator from the Fulton County Health Department, will be present to discuss cholesterol strategies and suggestions to control cholesterol through diet, exercise, and medication.

The monthly book discussion group will be held on Thursday, April 28 at 7 pm. The book that will be discussed is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. The book is about a woman named Henrietta Lacks, but known by scientists as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine, uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects, helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping and have been bought and sold by the billions. Henrietta’s family did not learn of her “immortality” until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists investigating HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. As Rebecca Skloot so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks family, past and present, is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.

The after-school program continues. Meeting times are Grades K-1 (Tuesdays) and Grades 2-5 (Thursdays) from after school until 4:15. This is the schedule for April: Apr. 17: Play Day, Apr. 22: Tea Party! GIRLS ONLY, Apr. 24: Wii Party! BOYS ONLY, and Apr. 29 & May 1: Movie. Story time will be held on Mondays from 6:30-7:00 for ages 2-5. (Adults must accompany 2-3 year olds). Each session includes a story and craft. No Story Time on April 21 due to Easter holiday.

Family Fun Night will be Friday, April 25 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. This will be a family game night including a life size Candy Land Game.

The library would like to thank the Fulton County Farm Bureau, Cathy Leininger, Sandra Strickler, and Jerry Gonzalez for their donations in March.

Come visit the library for one of the planned events in the month of April or welcome Spring by enjoying a good book!

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