HOLLY POND, Ala. – Tucked away in Holly Pond, Guy Hunt Library and Museum holds a plethora of literature and learning experiences for children and adults in the surrounding community. A recent grant to the organization was used to stock shelves with books, fill bins with toys and purchase new tables for children. Librarian Melody Camp recently shared the many activities and events the library hosts.
The final summer program for the library will be Thursday, July 22, at 1 p.m. and will be sponsored by The Soil and Water Department. The program will teach children about animal tracks and agricultural consciousness.
In September, Camp will resume her annual Children’s Reading Program which is dedicated to teaching children from ages 2 to 5 to read before they enter the school system. With 12 of her previous students starting school, Camp expressed an anxious excitement for beginning afresh with a new group of kids.
The children will also receive yard signs highlighting their accomplishments. “This year, the kids are getting signs to put into their yards. They did them for all of the libraries, I believe,” Camp shared. “I received a photo from two little girls who were just tickled to have their sign.” The signs dedicated to Holly Pond are labeled with “A Library Champion Lives Here!” and the library’s name.
The museum portion of the library contains many artifacts specific to Holly Pond and its history. Camp shared that within the museum, there are several miniature replicas of old buildings throughout Holly Pond, including the school, Shaw’s Grocery and the post office. These replicas were built by hand in incredible detail and donated by the late James Scott. The museum also occasionally hosts scheduled tours of all the pieces on display.
The Guy Hunt Library and Museum also doubles as a spacious conference room for meetings throughout the community, such as The Lions Club, The Civitans and The Historical Society. Camp shared that the smaller children’s programs are also conducted once a week in the conference room, because it helps the children focus and be less distracted.
The Guy Hunt Library and Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.
To schedule a tour of the museum, call 256-796-5226.
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