GALLIPOLIS — Bossard Memorial Library is winding down its summer reading program and preparing for the nationally known “Bodies Revealed” exhibit, as well as bringing back community favorite activities to its fall schedule.
According to library director Debbie Saunders, children and teenagers who have been reading their books and reaching appropriate levels will be able to claim their prizes up until Aug. 31.
The Gallia County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Dr. Samuel L. Bossard Memorial Library, will welcome Beth Short, with the Ohio Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section, for a special training on non-profit board governance.
All non-profit leaders, whether they are part of a 501(c)3 or other type of nonprofit, are encouraged to attend the free event scheduled for Aug. 18 from 6-8 p.m. in the library’s Riverside Room.
This training will include a review of the basic requirements all charitable organizations have and provide easy-to-follow tips for board members who try to do their jobs responsibly to protect the organization and the beneficiaries of the group’s efforts. Training will focus on board governance, legal fiduciary obligations and reporting requirements.
Color Me Happy adult coloring returns to the library on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. for adults to enjoy a quiet coloring session. Supplies are provided.
On Sunday Aug. 28, local author and Field of Hope Community Campus supporter Kevin Dennis will appear the library for a book signing of the recently published “God Can,” a book centered around redemption and hope in the war on drug abuse.
The library will also be partnering with the O.O. McIntyre Park District to offer a “Storywalk” on Sept. 10 at the park, where families can walk along a trail and read a book as they walk along the trail. Pages of the book will be distributed along the trail.
A large amount of the library’s focus, however, is targeted toward the Sept. 25 date when “Bodies Revealed” brings its exhibits to the Riverside Room. Admission is free to the public. The exhibit will leave the library Dec. 31.
Saunders said Bossard is the first library in the country to feature the nationally recognized program. According to Saunders, the program will allow people to learn about anatomy and physical health in the hopes of motivating them to make better life choices. The exhibits allow the public to better understand medical conditions such as smoker’s lung, breast cancer and bone fractures.
Real human specimens are used in the exhibit instead of constructed models. According to Dr. Roy Glover, chief medical director of the program, “Seeing promotes understanding, and understanding promotes the most practical kind of body education possible. The body doesn’t lie.”
The bodies are preserved in polymer chemicals. As a rule, while guests can get close to the bodies, they are not allowed to touch. “Bodies Revealed” program organizers recommend children attend with a parent or teacher. Learning materials geared toward various ages can be viewed on the library’s website.
According to Saunders, schools, universities and organizations from across the tri-state area have booked dates to visit the exhibit.
“We are proud to be able to bring an exhibit of this caliber to Gallia County as normally this may only be something someone may be able to see in a larger community,” she said.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.