June 2014 Nature Day Camp for Children
The Seventh Annual Nature Day Camp for Children, sponsored by the Parnell Memorial Library Foundation and funded by the PMLF Children's Nature/Art Fund, will be held on June 8-13, 2014 at Parnell Memorial Library. Nature Camp enrolls twenty-four students who are finishing second, third, or fourth grade.
The mission of Nature Camp is to connect children with the out-of-doors through nature-based, eco-friendly experiences that build self-confidence and encourage the children to respect the natural environment.
Registration forms will be available in April.
July 2014 Children's Theatre Workshop
The 2014 Children's Summer Theatre Workshop will be Monday-Friday, July 7-July 18.
Click here for more information and a link to a downloadable form (available 4/23).
The Parnell Memorial Library Foundation, with the support of contributions from the Montevallo community, is underwriting the workshop again for the eighth year, making it free to participants!
Library Learning Enrichment Garden
The dedication of the Library Learning Enrichment Garden at Parnell Memorial Library was held on September 19, 2013 on the Parkside Terrace. Partners in the development of the project were Parnell Memorial Library Foundation, sponsor of the dedication event, the City of Montevallo, and Shelby County. Mayor Hollie Cost recognized the many ways that the garden project addresses goals of the City. Shelby County Manager Alex Dudchock praised the County workers who helped bring the project to fruition, observing that the County provided in-kind services while the Foundation raised the money for the project and paid the bills.
After highlighting the subcontractors and vendors for the project, Libbie Rodgers, co-chair of the Library Garden Steering Committee, expressed appreciation to all the project donors as of that date. These people and others who contribute at least $100 by February 2014 will be listed on the garden donor wall in the Rotunda of the library.
Following the remarks, the group was treated to a reception and invited to tour the garden. Members of the Steering Committee were on hand to explain special features of the garden: the redesigned stormwater infrastructure and the Ethel Elise Rasmusson Bioswale to slow and filter stormwater and reduce erosion and flooding; the rainwater harvesting system linked to the irrigation system to reduce erosion and conserve municipal water supplies; the Kelly Garden in memory of Agee Kelly, the Brown Garden given by J. A. and Eleanor Brown, and the Victor Stanley benches in memory of Ann Parker and Willilee Trumbauer.
In November of 2013, volunteers from the Foundation and from Friends of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens planted a wetland garden behind the Parkside Terrace.
Those wishing to donate to the garden project or to make contributions in honor of or in memory of individuals are invited to send their gifts to Parnell Memorial Library Foundation, P. O. Box 62, Montevallo, AL 35115. Individuals, families, businesses, and organizations donating $100 or more to the project will be listed on the garden donor wall in the Library Rotunda. For more information about the project, please call 205-616-4392.