Cowans Gap Activities Library Corner
Wednesday, August 24: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Visit the Brightbill Interpretive Center where you will find lots of displays about the natural and cultural history of Cowans Gap; 11 a.m. – Fish – You can go “fishing” in the nature center to learn a little about these creatures. Then we will make one for you to take home. Preschool children and up . Meet at the nature center; noon to 2 p.m.: Family Backpack Adventure. Is your family looking for something to do this afternoon? Why not go on an adventure! Stop by the nature center to pick up a themed, loaner backpack with activities and materials to spend a couple fun hours together in the outdoors.
Friday, August 26: 2 p.m. – Trees. Get ready for our walk with the district forester later this evening. Learn how to identify trees by leaves, bark and shape. Meet at the visitor center; 6 p.m. – Tree Hike with district forester Dave Scarmedella. Meet at boat launch parking lot.
Saturday, August 27: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Visit the Brightbill Interpretive Center; 4:30 p.m. – Plessinger Trail hike. Let’s see if we can find clues that autumn is on it’s way. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle. Meet at the trail head; 8 p.m. – Pennsylvania’s Forgotten Giants. Pennsylvania’s old growth forests are among the most pristine places on earth. Watch a video at the amphitheater to learn more about these special forests.
Sunday, August 28: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Capture the Butterfly. Come out and join us for a butterfly photography session at the Nature Center garden. Get some tips on photographing butterflies, and then try your hand at it. Exchange tips with other butterfly photographers. Use your own camera or borrow one of the park’s cameras. Participants that borrow a park camera will be able to take their pictures with them on a disk. Bring water and a little patience and you might just capture the butterfly. Meet at the amphitheater; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – GPS Scavenger Hunt – CSI Dendrology Division. Come on out and enjoy a mystery as you learn about geocaching. You will learn the basics of using a GPS unit in the forest and then search for clues to solve the mystery by geocaching while learning about Citizen Science Investigations. Will you be able to solve the crime? Come on out and see. A limited number of GPS units will be available to borrow for the prorgam on a first come basis. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. Meet at the amphitheater.
New fiction at Fulton County Library includes “Split Second” by Catherine Coulter (large print), “ Merciless” by Diane Palmer, “Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta” by Carole Nelson Douglas, “Woodcutter” by Reginald Hill, “The Hypnotist” by Lars Kepler, “Acceptable Loss” by Anne Perry, and “The Sauvignon Secret” by Ellen Crosby.
New nonfiction includes “Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream at Home” by Jenni Britton Bauer, “License to Pawn” by Rick Harrison, “A Stolen Life: A Memoir” by Jaycee Dugard, “Area 51: An Uncensored
History of America’s Top Military Base” by Annie Jacobsen, “Raising a Soul Surfer: One Family’s Epic Tale” by Cheri Hamilton, and “What to Expect the Second Year” by Heidi Murkoff.
If you haven’t already read “ Gamble” by Felix Francis, you might want to check it out at one of the libraries. It deals with Nicholas (Foxy) Foxton, a former steeplechase jockey, who is forced into retirement due to a neck injury from a near fatal fall. Having started a career as an investment adviser, his world is turned upside down when a friend is shot down in front of him and 60,000 others at the Grand National Cup race. Soon he is transported into a world of multinational fraud and murder. When not only his life, but that of the girlfriend and mother are threatened, he realizes he must find the answers on his own, before it is too late.
Fulton County Library in McConnellsburg is open Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. Hours at the Hustontown Branch Library are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. and closed on Saturday.