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Library offers two free programs to focus on clutter, emergency plans

By JEN BOUTIN

BCPL

Spring is in the air. Aside from the high pollen counts, it is a fabulous time of year and the perfect time to clear the clutter that has accumulated over the winter. It is also an ideal time to prepare for the unruly storms that tend to roll through the area this time of year.

This week the library will offer two spring-related programs; one that looks at spring cleaning and one that covers disaster preparedness.

The first program will focus on photograph collections. Before smartphones and tablets, most people used film cameras to capture their memories. While some photos found their way into scrapbooks, many others lie forgotten in boxes, tucked away in closets and drawers.

On Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m. the library will host Spring Cleaning: Storing Still Images. At this program, Mary Girard will explain the proper ways to store film, negatives, photographs and slides.

“Proper storage of your images will ensure they endure for the next generation,” says Girard. Not every photo is a “keeper,” but sometimes it can be difficult to decide what to do with all of your pictures. With that in mind, participants are welcome to bring samples or entire boxes if sorting help is needed.

The second spring cleaning program will take a closer look at adverse effects of the changing spring weather and how to prepare for it.

As winter releases its hold on the Kentucky, wild weather will undoubtedly reappear. While many have grown accustomed to the sound of sirens accompanying strong storms, it is important to be diligent when it comes to disaster preparedness.

Alethea Price, with the Boyle County Cooperative Extension Office, will discuss how to prepare for natural disasters at this month’s Adult How-To program. Patrons will learn how to protect themselves, their families, and their assets should disaster strike.

The workshop will be offered on Monday, March 25 at 6 p.m. At this event, participants will learn how to make a family disaster kit and develop a disaster plan. They will also learn about the typical disasters common to our area and how to understand the warnings that will be issued as dangerous weather approaches.

Information about getting involved in local disaster preparedness will also be offered. A drawing for a small starter disaster kit will be held for those in attendance.

Both events are free and open to the public, and will be held in the Community Room at the library.