Friday, December 28, 2007

Author Visit - January 24 3 - 5 p.m.

Just so you know, we have a YA Author coming here to do a book signing/talk on Thursday, January 24 from 3 - 5 p.m. His name is Kevin Gerard and he is the author of the Conor and the Crossworlds series.

We will have some books for purchase, but it also okay to bring your own copy!

Hope to see you here...

Monday, December 17, 2007


Santa Claus was a huge success here at Oak Grove Public Library. Parents and children alike had a great time. We would like to thank Mr. Claus for coming out and spending some time with us. We hope to see him again next year!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Santa is here!

Right now, Santa is here at Oak Grove Public Library. Come get your picture taken. He will be here until around 5:30...

Monday, December 10, 2007

Winter Reads @ LCLS

The Lamar County Library System is hosting a Winter Reads program at each of its four branches - Lumberton, Oak Grove, Purvis, and Sumrall. During the months of December, January, and February (December 13 - February 14, 2008), we will provide you with a bag containing a pencil, a review card, and either a packet of hot chocolate mix or tea.

We then ask you to read and review a book for us. We will collect your review card and have a drawing at the end of the program. The winner will receive a prize. Your review cards will be posted so that others may get information on books that you have reviewed. Don’t worry; we will post the reviews so that your personal information cannot be seen.

Please check at your local library for more information, as each library will be doing something slightly different.

Friday, November 30, 2007

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

Our "night time" book club met last night at 6 p.m. to discuss The World Without Us. All in all, I think everyone was glad to have read the book. The general consensus was that this novel was not something they would have read on their own, but were glad to have read it. It is quite a scary book and it makes one look at how we have treated the Earth - both now and in the past. If you have not read it, please give it a shot. We have plenty copies available...

A few themes/ideas:
  1. What will happen to "our" stuff when and if we (humanity) are gone?
  2. What will happen to the natural world without humanity?
  3. Can we help the Earth by trying to control the human population?
  4. Plastics truly are forever...

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Updates, a few...

We now have a newly updated web page! I hope that it will be temporary, as I am trying to get the local High School involved with making us a new one. However, if it is permanent then that is okay as well. Here is the link to our web page - Oak Grove Public Library.

Also, new to the Netz, we now have a Facebook page designed solely for the Oak Grove Public Library. Here is the link for that - OGPL on Facebook.

As always, you can find us at Flickr and

Coming soon = possibly a page...

Monday, November 5, 2007

A few pictures...

Lee doing her Halloween Story Time

Seymour the Eagle

From Suppor the Eagles Weeks (Stephen Daigle and Matt Miller)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Adult Program - Scrapbooking Class...

originally uploaded by OakGroveLibrary.
One of our Friends - Tracie Thompson - conducted a scrapbooking class for us back in the early part of October. Here is a picture from that event. The class went over really well and we hope to have more in the near future...

I should add that Tracie is an Independent Creative Memories Consultant and you can try their software at

Coming in November

We should have some pictures on here soon from last week and today with Halloween. (Happy Halloween, by the way!) November will not be quite as eventful as October, but we still have fun things ahead! Here's how it looks:

Weekly Story Time Wednesdays at 10:30 (Ages 2-5) No story time the 21st (Thanksgiving week)

Story Time with the Stars November 28th at 10:30 (tentative date and time) We'll have basketball coaches and players from USM here to help with story time and encourage patrons to go the games. GO EAGLES!

Children's Book Week: November 13th-17th (we're closed Monday the 12th) Come and get your cool Book Week bookmarks and see some of our favorite books!

Book Characters Day: November 13th: See the library staff dressed as their favorite characters as we kick off Children's Book Week!

Guy's Movie Night: November 13th from 4:30-6:30 we'll be watching "We Are Marshall" and snacking on popcorn. Bring your buddies and come for the show! (girls are allowed too)

Family Game Day : November 16th from 3-5:30 we'll pull out all our cool games. We might even have to challenge our teens at Guitar Hero or DDR. Come and play with us!

We're closed November 22-24 for Thanksgiving. We might see you at the after Thanksgiving sales, but not here!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

On Display as of Today...

From Monuments to Mufflers
Exploring Mississippi’s outdoor sculptures, from the whimsical to the inspirational.

Head on over to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History for more information. Image courtesy of their site.

The display will run until December 21, 2007.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

2007 MLA Conference Update

Well, this is day 2 or so of the 2007 MLA Conference being held in Vicksburg, MS. So far it is going fairly well. The most interesting thing has been the talk by David Lee King concerning Library and Web 2.0. I wish he could have gone into more detail, but time was a limitation.

There have also been a few author talks that were really interesting and informative. I will be purchasing a few books because of these talks - Fever Moon by Carolyn Haines for instance. Well, we may already have it, but if not, we will be purchasing it.

For now, that is all...

Monday, October 22, 2007

Support the Eagles Week is this WEEK!

Monday (today) = USM Dance Team @ 4 p.m. (going on now)

Tuesday = Coloring Black and Gold from 2 - 6 p.m.

Wednesday = Write postcards to players from 2 - 6 p.m.

Thursday = USM Coaches and Players, as well as a major league baseball player from 4 - 5 p.m.

Friday = Gotta have it! Pick up your USM shakers and bumper stickers from 2 - 6 p.m.

Please come on over...

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Book Signing...

I wish it was, but it is not taking place here...

Deanna Favre will be available to sign books from 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Bob’s Books, 6156 U.S. 98 West, Suite 90. For more information, call the book store at (601) 268-7000. The Book is Deanna Favre’s inspiring memoir, “Don’t Bet Against Me!” (written with Angela Hunt).*

Deanna Favre is the wife of NFL Quarterback Brett Favre.

If you are in the area, stop by.

*Information courtesy of the Hattiesburg American Online...

Monday, October 15, 2007

Open House Success

Our Open House and Silent Auction was a great success. All in all, the silent auction raised just under 650.00 (648.00 was the actual). Patrons also really enjoyed the food and free book bags that we gave away. I hope to have a few pictures up here in the near future.

I want to thank every person, store, and restaurant that donated items to help this event succeed. I would also like to thank our Friends group for helping out with food and donations.

Monday, October 8, 2007


Our Open House is this coming Thursday @ 3 p.m. with food being served @ 5 p.m. We will also have a silent auction and give-a-ways!

Also, we have a scrapbooking workshop this coming Wednesday @ 10 a.m.

Finally, Teen Read Week starts on the 14 and runs until the 20 or so of this month.

That is all...

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Banned Books Week...

Sorry if we are a bit late on this, but this week (through the 6th) is banned books week.

Some people love it and some people hate it, but we should all at least know about it.

From ALA, Office for Intellectual Freedom

From Amnesty International

From The Forbidden Library

Wiki Page

Friday, September 21, 2007

Book Club Review - The Children of Hurin

We had a pretty good meeting overall. There was a good deal of discussion; unfortunately, most were not that impressed with the book. The general consensus seemed to be that the book was hard to get into and that the book was not a complete work. That is, Tolkien did not, himself, complete this novel. It read a bit choppy. Please let us know how you felt about the story or the meeting by commenting below...

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Support the Eagles Week...

October 22 - 26, 2007 will officially be "support the Eagles" week at the Oak Grove Library.
The USM Eagles that is...

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


We are hosting an open house in honour of the Lamar County Library System's 10-year anniversary. We will have food, a silent auction, and some give-a-ways. The date is October 11. The time is 3 - 7 p.m., with refreshments being served at 5 p.m. Consider yourself invited...

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Last week was a total blast. And a blur at the same time. We did sucessfully teach, entertain, and feed 100 excited 4th and 5th graders from Oak Grove Upper Elementary. They were so much fun. My favorite moments were seeing the teachers race to finish drinking from the baby bottles and also seeing the disgust on the faces of the 4 kids who had to put their toes in chocolate syrup to make a picture. Good times :-) We do have some other things coming up you might be interested in...

Wednesday: 10:30 Family Story Time. This week's theme is Kevin Henkes books. In 2 weeks we'll have a special story time with special guest, Ms. Lee. It will be a Mexican style story time for Hispanic Heritage Month. Be sure to come wearing a sombrero! (just kidding)

Friday: 3-5:30 Family Game Day. Maybe you missed the last one, but come this week. The games are fun and I am ready to play "Candy Land" if anyone wants to challenge me.

October 22-26 Support the Eagles Week. We will have everything from the USM dance team, USM coaches and athletes, a major leauge baseball player, and USM give aways and activities. Check with the librarians for a detailed schedule.

That's all for now. Feel free to add a comment. Also, before I go, is anyone else enjoying the cooler mornings and evenings? I was just wondering. I am loving it. Go for a walk, ride your bike, soak it all it. And stop by the library while you're out :-)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Friends' Reception (last night)

Here is a photo from the Friends' Reception we had last night. As you can see from the photo, we had a chocolate fountain! Overall, the fountain was thoroughly enjoyed.
In attendance were two of our Board Members, several Friends members, and various library patrons just stopping by to say hello. We had about 45 people attend said reception.
Tomorrow we have our "Chocolate Party" and movie night.
We are also having a 10-year anniversary open house for The Lamar County Library System in October. More on this to follow later…

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Working on a busy week...

Next week will be a very busy week for us program wise. We have a reception for the new manager (me) and new staff that will be hosted by our Friends on Tuesday, September 11 from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. We also have our Family Story time beginning on Wednesday, September 12 at 10:30 a.m. Family Story time will continue until the month of December. Thursday, September 13 is our BIG day. We will have our Chocolate Party in honour of Roald Dahl's birthday and we will be watching the movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory later that same afternoon. Attending our Chocolate Party will be the winners of our design your own chocolate bar contest. We should have four classes with about 25 kids each at the party. The party will consist of fun, games, and of course, chocolate (namely a chocolate fountain). We will update you on the party as we can. Well, that is about all for now...

Monday, August 27, 2007


Along with our 8 public computers, we now have one public laptop available for in house use. Hopefully there will be more to come...

P.S. - We have a new shelf dedicated solely to new books!

Friday, August 24, 2007

The Best of the Best

Sometimes parents are not sure where to find highly recommended books. I want to share with you one website that I have found helpful in my search for the best.

If you type "Caldecott" in theirs sites search engine, it will list the winners from 1938 to the present. Caldecott winners are picture books awarded for their outstanding illustrations. Some of my personal favorites are The Little House, Where the Wild Things Are, The Snowy Day, Grandfather's Journey, So You Want to Be President, and Kittens First Full Moon.

Type in "Newbery" in the search engine and the site will give you a list of Newbery Award winners from 1922 to the present. This award is given to the author who makes "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." Some of my favorites in this category include:
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread, An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793, The Midwife's Apprentice, Bud, Not Buddy,
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
and the list could go on and on!

If your kids appreciate non-fiction books, the Sibert Award on the ALA website is for exceptional non-fiction works.

There are also great books written and illustrated by latino authors and illustrators. You can find these books by searching for the Pura Belpre Award on ALA's website.

So, basically you need to to to find the most updated lists of award winners. These books are amazing and I hope you and your children enjoy reading them.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Honoring Historic MS Writers

E. Welty II
E. Welty II,
originally uploaded by OakGroveLibrary.

This is just an update on the program we had on August 16, 2007 celebrating Historic MS Writers. The program was put on by volunteers from the Mississippi Writers Guild. We heard from four authors - Muna Lee, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty (picture), and Richard Wright. We had around 39 in attendance and I believe I can honestly say that everyone had a good time. Also, our Friends put together a nice food spread for all to enjoy. We hope to have volunteers from the MS Writers Guild back in the near future.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Children's Events

Just wanted to update you on our recent children's events. Last Thursday we had "Back-to-School Bingo" with 2nd-5th graders and it was a great success. We had close to 30 kids attend and everyone seemed to have a great time. They should be able to use their prizes this week as they go back to school.

August 31st we'll be pulling out all our games for Family Game Day from 4-5:30 p.m. Bring your family, put on your game face, and have a great time! May the best player win!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Thanks to our friends...

...Friends of the Oak Grove Public Library that is...

Our Friends have donated many things to us throughout the few years we have been open. Most recently they have purchased us a tackboard (bulletin board) for our entrance area, bookmark display cases, and a markerboard for our juvenile room.

We are very thankful to our Friends!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Carpets Cleaned...

Just to let everyone know that we just got our carpets cleaned...

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Of magazine orders...

It's time to order (add and drop) magazines here at Oak Grove.

We are adding the following:
  1. Popular Mechanics
  2. Southern Sporting Journal
  3. Scooby-Doo (children's room)
  4. Familyfun Magazine
  5. Wildbird
  6. Mad Kids (children's room)
  7. This Old House
  8. Travel Smart
We have yet to completely decide on our dropped magazines.

This is on a yearly basis, so if you find out that we have dropped one that you like, please let us know and we may be able to pick it up next year.

Children's librarian introduction

I started my adult adventure as a teacher. I grew up always saying I wanted to be a teacher and everyone always told me I’d be a great teacher. Then, I became one. That first year was the hardest year of my life. I grew up a lot and became the kind of teacher I never wanted to be. Stressed. Overworked. Lacking confidence. Overwhelmed. It was that year that I decided I might want to look at another career option if teaching wasn’t what I was meant to do forever.

Now, three years later I am a librarian. I primarily am working on children’s programs and other daily library tasks. I enjoy children’s books, but not nearly as much as I love reading them to children. I will use this blog to brag on my favorite authors and illustrators and share about some of my own personal favorites in adult books. I love reading Christian fiction and non-fiction and Nicholas Sparks novels. I do plan on branching out and reading from some different genres though. This is all for now.

Monday, July 23, 2007

First Post - Adult Book Club

Greetings All:

This, our very first post, will be in reference to our soon to be starting adult book club. If you noticed, there is some information to the right about the book club. Please take a look.

We will start September 20, 2007 at 6:00 p.m.

As I am a fan of the science fiction/fantasy genre, we will be reading the occasional unicorn and faerie type novel. We will also read other genres and even some non-fiction.

If you have any questions or comments about our book club, please let me know. Our email address is in our profile, or you can comment to any of our postings.