Image by Amanda Vining

September 8


Paper Collage Craft

Museum Scavenger Hunt

When little Eva lets loose with a holler, everyone wonders what the matter can be. The family tries to figure out how to soothe her. On this busy day, Eva has fun with lions, tigers, owls, and crickets, and explores mud puddles, games, and books.

She takes her favorite bunny along on her adventures. Look for Bun Bun hiding on the pages.

This picture book for children features a pattern and refrain appropriate for the preschooler while addressing the challenges of a crying child in a fun and accessible way. Young readers will enjoy guessing what the family will do to make Eva happy again.

​An engaging story for children and adults alike, this delightful picture book has illustrations, intricately cut from construction paper, as creative as the work of Eric Carle.

October 13


Rabbit Themed Craft

Museum Scavenger Hunt

Follow the adventures of Brer Rabbit and his friends with folktales rooted in uniquely African-American stories as told by Eatonton’s own Ms. Georgia Benjamin-Smith, docent at the Uncle Remus Museum.

November 10


Kibby Craft

Museum Scavenger Hunt

Kibby gets treated differently when he wears the “cone of shame.” This heartwarming story demonstrates how children should best treat those who look different.  Through Kibby’s sad experience of wearing “the cone of shame,”  this book encourages the value of acceptance and discourages bullying.

Children and adults will be touched by the beautiful lesson Kibby learns along the way. Kibby’s story and feelings will help children relate to  their own real life experiences.  Enjoy this children’s hardback picture book.

Note: $5 fee covers the cost of craft supplies. Waivers are available, please contact All programs take place at Georgia Writers Museum at 109 S. Jefferson Ave, Eatonton, GA 31024. Parents and guardians are kindly invited to stay and play.

Amanda Vining photo

Amanda holds a BS in Biology from Georgia College & State University. She began her career as an educator with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. After leaving the DNR, Amanda became a formal educator with Baldwin County School System and Jasper County School System. Amanda began her museum career at the Museum of Arts and Sciences (MAS) in Macon, Georgia, where she served as Curator of Environmental Science
(2011-2020). While at MAS, Amanda developed a love for sharing the world around us with the many students who visited on school field trips. During her time as Curator of Environmental Science, Amanda launched a storytime
program for preschool children.

Since 2020, Amanda has been serving Georgia Writers Museum as a volunteer on the Education Committee. Amanda has brought her love of sharing stories with students by launching Peaches’ Reading Pasture. As Museum Manager, Amanda looks forward to serving the community and helping to inspire those within our community to put words to paper and share their stories.

Amanda was born and raised in nearby Shady Dale, Georgia. Her husband, Rodney, is a native of Eatonton, and they currently reside in Putnam County. They have three children.