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!