Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:25 After today we will be closed until December 29. So, come in today and stock up! #
  • 15:24 Final tweet of 2008 - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Oak Grove Public Library! #
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Thoughts on 2008

As something of a year in review, I would like to focus on a few of our favorite things from 2008. I am going to do this one staff member at a time…

First off, according to Judy, “I love how our library is meeting the needs of the community. I was just looking at the statistics for this year; we have had over 63,000 patron visits to the Oak Grove Public Library in 2008. Divide that by 12 and we average over 5,000 patron visits a month. WOW! If you haven’t visited the library, then it’s time to come see what all is happening.”

Secondly, according to Erin, “Though I have only been at the Oak Grove Library a short time, I have had the opportunity to participate in so many fun activities. The costume contest at Halloween was definitely a highlight. The costumes were adorable. The Gingerbread House Contest was probably my favorite event held at the library this year. There were so many creative designs, it was almost impossible to judge them.”

Third, Mary decided upon a list format.

  1. The Gingerbread House Contest – It was so much fun watching the families having fun; and I was awed by the creativity they displayed.
  2. Pilgrims and Indians Storytime – What a great group of preschoolers we have and how kind they were to a rookie storyteller (Mary).
  3. Food Group – Sometimes there are only a handful of us and sometimes we fill the room but the food is always good and the company enjoyable.

Fourth, our newest library coworker, Gayle, had this to say, “I really enjoyed being a part of the flurry of activity at the library the day parents brought their children to get pictures made with Santa Claus. Santa was kind and jolly, parents were smiling, and the children had expressions of wonder on their faces. I felt the joy, many of children's books were checked out, and all had a good time. Another event I was thankful to attend was the evening author Ronnie Blackwell was at the library to discuss and read excerpts of books and columns he has written. I learned from his sharing his knowledge of writing and his knowledge of birds, one of his favorite topics to write about. I also enjoyed the informal time of enjoying the variety of delicious food and getting to know some of the good number of people who were there. I felt more a part of the community as I left this gathering.”

Finally, I guess I should mention a few remembrances from 2008. First on my list would have to be the incredible number of authors we had visit the library; in all, we had 11 authors stop by to visit and share their works (almost one a month). I hope to have this many in 2009, but will be happy with half as many. Secondly, our programming has increased in both number and attendance, something that would not be possible without an excellent staff. Finally, I would like to thank our Friends group, the Lamar County Library System, Lamar County, and the Oak Grove Community for supporting us throughout the year. We hope to make 2009 even better.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 08:31 Winter officially begins tomorrow (Sunday, December 21, 2008)... #
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 10:47 Gingerbread (2nd Annual) house building contest is tomorrow from 4 - 6 p.m. #
  • 16:51 gingerbread house decorating contest is in full swing. there is candy and icing everywhere... #
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 09:51 YAMs Christmas Party, meeting, today at 5 p.m. #
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Monday, December 15, 2008

National Treasure Hunt - Kevin Gerard's Conor Series...

The Hunt for the Five Keys of the Creators officially begins January 01, 2009.

Kevin Gerard, the author of the Conor and Crossworlds series, will launch a national treasure hunt in January of 2009. If you remember, Mr. Gerard visited the Lamar County Library System back in January 2008 in order to promote his series.Fans of the series will be able to search for the five keys, hidden in different parts of the country in special wooden boxes given to him by the creators. Those lucky enough to find one of the key boxes will receive cash and prizes, and they will receive signed copies of every book in the series.

The keys are hidden in five parts of the United States – the south, the northeast, the northwest, the southwest, and somewhere in the central United States. If you want to begin your search, you need to visit Gerard’s website at http://www.conorandthecrossworlds.com/ for clues and more information on the treasure hunt. The only clue we can provide is to say that Conor and Janine find most of the keys in schools.

For those new to the series, book three – Surviving an Altered World – in the exciting Conor and the Crossworlds series is now available!

Surviving an Altered World sends Conor and his girlfriend, Janine, on a bizarre quest to collect the Five the Keys of the Creators. Only by completing this journey can they hope to prevent the destruction of the Crossworlds.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 09:21 We are OPEN today! #
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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 09:55 We are closed today. #
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 17:13 Snow tomorrow? #
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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Oak Grove Public Library!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 09:55 We close one hour early tonight, at 6 p.m. #
  • 10:45 Santa will be here today from 3 - 5 p.m. Pictures are only 50 cents and can be picked up tomorrow! #
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Monday, December 8, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 09:36 Busy week - Santa is here tomorrow from 3 - 5 p.m. We also have scrapbooking and food club on Thursday. Oh, and don't forget Story Time... #
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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Ronnie Blackwell @ the Oak Grove Public Library

Author Ronnie Blackwell will be at the Oak Grove Public Library on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 6 p.m. Mr. Blackwell, born and raised, in Hattiesburg, MS is from our area – Oak Grove.

Blackwell has written two mystery novels, Spite and Serve it Cold – both Jonny C Mysteries. He is also working on an illustrated book, the Legend of Crow-Baby – a storybook for all ages. If you are from the Oak Grove area, or even the Hattiesburg area, then you probably know about his father’s best friend - Crow-Baby. Aside from his novels and his illustrated book, he also writes many articles on, or related to birding in the Hattiesburg American and the Oak Grove Today newspapers; in addition to his writings, he is also a member of the Pine Woods Audubon Society.

While at the Oak Grove Public Library, Mr. Blackwell will read from his second novel, Spite. He will also read from the Legend of Crow-Baby. Time permitting, Mr. Blackwell may also read some of his newspaper columns about birds, columns which he may be putting into a compilation sometime in 2009.

Currently, we only have his novel Serve it Cold at the Oak Grove Public Library; however, we are ordering Spite and it will be available as soon as it is received. If you would like to order one of his books, you can find his store at http://stores.lulu.com/ronnieblackwell. If you would like an autographed book, perhaps to give as a Christmas present, he will have books to sign while he is here on Thursday, December 18 at 6 p.m. Please stop by and visit with him.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Aimee Lee and her Gecko

Aimee Lee with the University of Southern Mississippi's Biological Sciences Learning Center brought a fat-tailed gecko to our Family Story Time on December 03, 2008.

Kathy Chase Young

Kathy Chase Young is the author of In a Mississippi Winter. She conducted a family story time for us on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 10:30 a.m.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 08:56 Happy Monday. We are back and open for business. We hope you had a great Thanksgiving! #
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

YAMs Food Drive Conclusion


The YAMs Food Drive for Christian Services came to a conclusion on Friday, November 21 when we delivered a truckload of canned goods to Christian Services in Hattiesburg in order to help them with their Thanksgiving Meal.

Monday, November 24, 2008

New Art on Display - Sherri Wimberly

Sherri Wimberly has been creating fine art for over 30 years, and has sold paintings across the United States.

Sherri has studied at the Art Academy of Dallas under Walter Emmerson and taken several classes with illustration artist, Jim McQueen. She continues to study art on her own from many different sources. Sherri is a member of the South Mississippi Art Association and currently has paintings displayed at the WestSide Gallery in the New Point shopping center, Hattiesburg.

Among her favorite subjects are portraitures and seascapes. Recently, she has discovered a fondness for painting old cars and trucks. Sherri, herself a dancer, is able to show passion and flair in her paintings of dance. She uses oil, pastel, wall paint, watercolor, and is at home painting in any medium and any size.

For more information, please visit Sherri's website at http://www.sherri-art.com/.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 09:49 On my way to Christian Services in Hattiesburg in order to drop off a ton of canned goods our YAMs group helped collect for needy families. #
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 16:33 YAMs meeting at 5 p.m. today. Computers classes tomorrow from 4 - 6 p.m. Judy is conducting our Family Story Time tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. #
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Monday, November 17, 2008

The Dish

Greetings,

We recently had our November Food Group meeting and we celebrated all foods Thanksgiving. The food at this meeting was especially good. Here is one recipe.

"The Dish"
  • 1 large can sweet potatoes (around 30 oz)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon flour (to help thicken, you can use more if need be)
  • 1/2 stick butter/margarine
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • Marshmallows (enough to cover the top)

Drain juice from can(s) of sweet potatoes and set aside juice. Mix brown sugar, white sugar, pecans, and flour - mix well. Add juice from sweet potatoes and butter to a pot big enough to contain the mixture - bring to a simmer. Pour dry mixture into juice on the stove and whisk together so that there are no lumps. Bring the mixture to a slow boil and then let simmer. Add sweet potatoes and cook on low heat until sweet potatoes are tender. Pour mixture into an oven safe dish and then add marshmallows and put in oven at 350 until browned.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Mrs. Birdie & Mrs. Patsy

Mrs. Birdie & Mrs. Patsy
Mrs. Birdie & Mrs. Patsy,
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Mrs. Birdie Jenkins was honored at our Open House on November 03, 2008 for her 10 years of service as a Board of Trustees member for the Lamar County Library System. In the picture, Mrs. Patsy Davis is handing Mrs. Birdie a frame with pictures of the Board of Trustees over the previous ten years.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 10:20 Silent Auction going on as I type. Please come help our Friends' Group raise money for the library! #
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Friday, October 31, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 09:17 Woohoo, the library's carpets were cleaned last night! #
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

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MLA Conference 2008

I recently attended the Mississippi Library Association’s (MLA) annual conference. The conference is for all types of libraries in Mississippi – public, academic, and school. The conference, held in Natchez, MS, took place on October 21 – 24.

Before I tell you about the conference in a bit more detail, I would like to mention briefly that I found Natchez to be quite a lovely place. I did not have much time to see the sights, but I loved what I did have time to see. I would like to go back and visit a few antebellum homes and to take a look at the graveyard I heard so much about, but that will have to wait for now.

Anyway, back to the conference. I would have to say that my favorite part of the conference was the Walt Grayson breakfast event “Looking Around Mississippi.” As many of you know, Mr. Grayson is an author, weatherman, and television broadcaster. Mr. Grayson ate breakfast with a room full of library type people and then told us several very interesting stories about his life and the city of Natchez. Several of my favorite stories from this breakfast had to do with the Natchez graveyard – one reason I want to go back and visit. If you have not read his books, I recommend Looking Around Mississippi…Some More.

In addition to the breakfast, I also had the opportunity to witness the unveiling of the Literary Landmark for Richard Wright. As of now, the Richard Wright Exhibit Hall of the Natchez Association for the Preservation of African-American Culture Museum is not quite open, but I believe that by December 2008, it will be open.

I gleaned much more information from this conference, but for now, this is all I have time to mention. Perhaps more to come…




Right Way to Throw Away Day

The City of Hattiesburg, Pine Belt Regional Solid Waste Authority, MS Department of Environmental Quality, Forrest and Lamar County, USM and the City of Petal are proud to sponsor the "Right Way to Throw Away" day for Household Hazardous Waste. Collection Sites - Lamar County Multi-Purpose Center & the Bobby L. Chain Airport. Date - November 8, 2008 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 10:22 Special Halloween Story Time tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. Come dressed in your costume! #
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Open house invitation 2008

As the picture states, you are invited to attend our Open House in honor of the Oak Grove Public Library's five years of operation. We will also be honoring Mrs. Birdie Jenkins for her 10 years of service as a Library Trustee. We will have a silent auction from 9 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. We will also have food, guest speakers, and more from 5 - 7 p.m. If you are in the area, please stop by.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 10:30 YAMS meeting today! We are watching a movie. Starts at 5 p.m. #
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Thanksgiving Food Drive...

The Oak Grove Public Library YAMS group is sponsoring a canned food drive to assist the Mississippi Christian Services with their Thanksgiving Dinner. The YAMS group is comprised of teenagers from the Oak Grove and Hattiesburg area who aim to make a difference in the community. All donations can be dropped off at the Oak Grove Public Library during regular hours. Christian Services is asking for canned cranberry sauce, green beans, and chicken broth specifically, but any canned goods are welcome. Christian Services is expecting to feed about 2,000 people this Thanksgiving. The food drive will be going on now through November 20. Your support in this effort is greatly appreciated.

Open House @ The Oak Grove Public Library

On Monday, November 3, 2008, we are going to have an Open House at the Oak Grove Public Library.

We have been open and serving patron’s needs for 5 years. In honor of such an occasion, we are going to have an Open House.

As part of this Open House, the Friends of the Oak Grove Public Library will be sponsoring a daylong silent auction (9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.). All of the proceeds from this silent auction will go to landscaping, materials, etc. That is to say, that all of the proceeds will directly benefit the Oak Grove Public Library.

Further, during the Open House, from 5 – 7 p.m., we will have food. The Friends of the Oak Grove Public Library as well as Library Staff will provide the food.

Starting at around 6 p.m., we will honor those volunteers who have been with us for many years and those volunteers whom help on a continual basis. We will also have a few speakers talk about the library and various other library related topics.

Finally, we will honor our Board of Trustees member, Mrs. Birdie Jenkins, for her 10 years of service – the last three of which have been as Chair. Mrs. Birdie, I imagine, would love to continue serving on our Board; however, Board members are allowed only two 5-year terms. I hope that you are able to stop by and wish Mrs. Birdie well, as well as thank her for all that she has done for our library.

Book Return Finished...

Whoops, I forgot to post that our book return has been fully painted. It is now back in the material receiving business...



Monday, October 20, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 10:11 This week - MLA, Daytime Book Club, YAMs, Family Story Times, Scrapbooking, Mystery Book Club, and Scrabble club... #
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Friday, October 17, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 11:10 We have a spooky movie(s) today at 3:30 and it is family friendly! #
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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 12:51 YAMS meeting with Mr. Wii today at 5 p.m. #
  • 18:21 We have a library full of Young Adults and I think they may be having a good time with the Wii... #
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Monday, October 6, 2008

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New American Flag...

Troop 90 - New Flag
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On Thursday, October 02, 2008, Troop 90 Heritage UMC of Hattiesburg, MS took down our old American Flag and put up our new American Flag. Those who helped raise our new flag included Ray, James, Matthew, Shaun, Tyler, Cody, and Connor.

Monday, September 29, 2008

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Book Return Nearly Painted...

book return to black
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Our front door book return is nearly finished being painted. There are just a few more coats of paint left. I hope that we will be finished in the next few days.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Tweets for Today

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 09:43 Busy day today: FST a 10:30 a.m., Mystery Book Club at 2 p.m., and Scrabble Cub at 5:45 p.m. #
  • 09:44 That is Scrabble Club not Scrabble Cub, sorry. #
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Junior Park Ranger - FST

Junior Park Ranger - FST
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Greetings:

Here is a Junior Park Ranger from our recent Family Story Time. The theme was that of camping and campfire tales.

Good day!


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 09:26 Campfire stories today during our 10:30 a.m. family story time! #
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

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Now Hiring - Part Time!

We are now hiring a part time Public Service Assistant for the Oak Grove Public Library.

General Responsibilities applying to all staff
  • Understand and support the policies and objectives of the library system
  • Project a positive image of the library
  • Work smoothly and effectively with other staff members and patrons
  • Communicate clearly and openly with other staff members and patrons
  • Carry out duties as instructed by Branch Librarian and/or Library Director
  • Exercise good judgment in non-routine situations

For an application, please click here.

If interested, you may submit application and resume to any Lamar County Library System branch or mail/FAX to:

Lamar County Library System
ATTN: Human Resources
P.O. Box 289
Purvis , MS 39455
FAX: 601-794-5680


Monday, September 22, 2008

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Book Return - Primer...

Our YAMs group is painting our book return, the one at the front of the building. Currently, it has been pressure washed, sanded, scraped, and primed. The primer is that red color in the photo. I hope that it will be finished this coming Saturday, September 27, 2008.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 10:28 Today, September 19, is International Talk Like A Pirate Day. So get your "Ars, Avasts, and Mateys" in while you can... #
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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 15:34 I just bought the paint for our front book drop. Now all we need are Teen Volunteers to paint it Saturday... #
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 09:33 Family Story Time at 10:30 a.m. today with guest author B.J. Mathias. #
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Free e-books from Tor.com (SciFi)...

See expert from post on tor.com by Patrick Nielsen Hayden...

Free e-books from Will Shetterly and Emma Bull
Patrick Nielsen Hayden (author of this blog article)
With the recent announcement of the finalists for this year's World Fantasy Awards, Emma Bull and Will Shetterly scored an odd historic first: they’re the first married couple to each have a novel on the same final ballot for one of the field’s top awards. Both Emma’s Territory and Will’s The Gospel of the Knife are finalists for Best Novel...

For more information, please go to Tor.com (e-books)...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 09:50 YAMs meeting today at 5 p.m. Also, hopefully, the YAMs will start painting our book drop this Saturday. All else is quiet... #
  • 13:38 Special Family Story Time tomorrow with guest children's author B.J. Mathias at 10:30 a.m. #
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Monday, September 15, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 08:50 YAMs meeting tomorrow at 5 p.m. Hopefully, the YAMs will be painting our bookdrop Saturday. #
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Friday, September 12, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 11:01 New artist's work on display now, stop by to see! #
  • 14:35 We are getting some wind and rain from Mr. Ike the Hurricane here in Oak Grove... #
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Spence...

We have a new local artist's work on display as of yesterday. His name is Spence and he lives in Hattiesburg. Please stop by and take a look at his work!



Thursday, September 11, 2008

What we do as staff...

Well, we do what we have to do. Depending on the day, we may be farmers, Dr. Seuss Characters, or anything else. It's fun and I believe we all enjoy doing it.

I hope, from the picture, you can tell that we are dressed up as farmers. The story times this week (Wednesday and Thursday) included the option to dress like a farmer.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 15:33 Back to school Bingo starts in 25 minutes. It is for grades K - 5... #
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Food Group – 09/08/2008 – Some Recipes (Rice Theme)

Stir-Fry with rice by Judy

Stir-Fry:
Any type of meat (sausage)
Onion (diced)
Any vegetable (chopped)

Stir fry the meat first, then add onions, then vegetables (whatever takes longer to cook first). Stir in the rice, or serve on top of the rice. Try it with added fruit – pineapple or peaches.

Rice Pudding from The Blue Willow Inn Cookbook
Dish brought by Brenda

4 cups cooked rice
1 ½ cups sugar
4 cups milk
1 cup raisins
½ teaspoon nutmeg
4 eggs, slightly beaten
Dash of salt

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine the rice, sugar, milk, raisins, nutmeg, eggs, and salt. Mix well, and pour into a casserole. Bake for 1 ½ hours, or until the top is browned. Serve warm. Makes 8 servings.

For more recipes and good food, please attend our next food group meeting in October. The date and time are TBA; however, the theme will be “spooky treats.” Please interpret the theme as you will and bring your dish and the recipe.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 11:42 Meebo is up and running on our website - check it out... #
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Meebo...

We are currently experimenting with something called Meebo - http://www.meebo.com/. Basically, Meebo is an instant messenger aggregator. It pulls together your AIM, Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ, etc... messaging accounts into one location and it is web based - giving you the ability to chat anywhere you have an Internet connection with no need to download software.

You can find a Meebo Me link on our website - http://www.lamar.lib.ms.us/news/oakgrove/. The Meebo Me link will enable you to ask a staff member at the OGPL a reference question in real time from our website - you can be at any location. The only downside is that we will not always be available online - look at the Meebo Me box in order to determine our online status. However, if we are not available, you can still send a message.

Give it a try!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 19:01 Food Group Meeting tomorrow night at 6 p.m. Bring a dish that includes rice and the recipe... #
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Friday, September 5, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 09:27 Fresh SourDough bread today at the coffee bar. Come early before it is gone. #
  • 14:17 Meebo? Currently we are trying to work out chat using the Meebo application... #
  • 16:25 AIM us at oakgrovelibrary... #
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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 10:15 Family Story Time will start in about 15 minutes. Bring your favorite stuffed animal and join us! #
  • 18:23 Next week come dressed like a farmer for our Family Story Times... #
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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 08:53 Family Story Time today at 10:30 a.m. If you can't make it, it will repeat tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. #
  • 14:16 We are cleaning the library... #
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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 09:27 We are open today from 10 - 7. #
  • 14:01 Need service hours for High School? We have a YAMs meeting tonight at 5 p.m. - learn how we can help you get your hours... #
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Judy attends Librarianship 101

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Judy Shelton returned to the Oak Grove Public Library in Hattiesburg, MS, loaded with information and ideas gained from attending Librarianship 101 Institute, hosted recently by the Mississippi Library Commission at the Cabot Lodge Millsaps in Jackson, Mississippi.

Participation in the fifth annual Institute was based on a statewide competitive selection process, with public library directors being asked to nominate staff members. Thirty-three participants representing 18 of Mississippi’s 50 public library systems attended the intensive, week-long training designed to introduce library paraprofessionals to all aspects of professional librarianship.

Training ran the gamut from the history and governance of public libraries to practical skills designed to help participants provide better service to library patrons.

Participants said the training would be helpful to take back to their home libraries and share with co-workers. According to Judy, “Librarianship 101 was packed full of wonderful knowledge and great ideas. I enjoyed learning the whys and wherefores of the library; the ins and outs of using resources; and I was challenged with new techniques to use in our library. I have returned from Librarianship 101 Institute with a better understanding of my patrons' needs and a clearer purpose in my role in the library.” Experts at the Mississippi Library Commission and the Southeastern Library Network, Inc. provided the training. As Commission executive director Sharman Smith remarked, “I am still in awe of our students, of their attention to all of the information provided, and of their enthusiasm. From the perspective of the Library Commission, and because of the participants, the Institute was a great success.”

The Library Commission hosts more than a dozen continuing education workshops each year to increase the skills of Mississippi’s public libraries. Workshops scheduled for this year include basic librarianship skills, youth services, library security, financial management, technology training, and summer library programs.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 10:47 Just a reminder: we will be closed tomorrow (Saturday) as well as Monday, September 1 in observance of Labor Day. #
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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 18:25 Scrabble club is happening right now. If you are not here, you are missing it... #
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 13:49 Family story time tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. #
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Monday, August 25, 2008

Unshelved...

Do you want to know a little bit more about what it is like to work in a library? Well, at least from a web comic point of view. If so, check out Unshelved - the library comic strip.

Tweets for Today

  • 16:55 Our Friends of the Library Book Sale went really, really well. Special thanks to those Friends that donated so much of their time. #
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Friday, August 22, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 11:09 Our Friends of the Library Book Sale is going on Today from 10 - 6 and Tomorrow from 9 - 4. In the OGR Community Center. #
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Evening Book Club...

Our Evening Book Club had its first meeting since May last night. The topic for this meeting was "withdrawn books." Members were to select a recently withdrawn book and then come to the meeting and discus their choice, or choices. Some of the books discussed included, The Gift of Asher Lev by Chaim Potok, The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, Maigret and the Dosser by George Simenon, Maigret and the Man on the Bench by George Simenon, and Anthem by Ayn Rand. We had several good discussions on these books.

Our next meeting will be in September (Thursday, September 18 @ 6 p.m.) and we will be discussing The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones. New members are always welcome; in fact, we need new members, so please stop by the library for more information.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Scrapbooking - Fun with Tags

Our scrapbooking workshops are getting better and better. Today we had 10 people show up to learn about Tags with our instructor Tracie Thompson. Please keep an eye out for future scrapbooking workshops!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 09:38 We have a YAMs meeting today. It's our YA Book Club type thing... #
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Donate Blood and Save a Life!

If you are in the Sumrall, MS area on Thursday, August 28, 2008 from 3 - 7 p.m., please stop by the Sumrall Library and donate blood. They will have the bloodmobile there.

Thanks!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 16:20 It is Friday. We have a busy week and weeks coming up, so please stay tuned... #
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Manga - Avatar

Ever wanted to see yourself as a Manga character? Now's your chance! Just pop on over to FaceYourManga.com and follow the directions. It is free unless you want to pay to purchase your print.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 10:42 Family story time is going on as I type. We have a repeat tomorrow at 10:30 in case you missed today! #
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 13:20 We will soon have a digital picture frame at our Circulation desk. It will have important information displayed on it, come see! #
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New Signage (digital)

We now have a digital picture frame to help us display our various signs. It is just about the coolest thing ever...

Monday, August 11, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 15:39 Food Club tonight - Grits are the theme. I know we will have shrimp & grits and crawfish & grits - woohoo! #
  • 15:39 You must bring a dish and the recipe to attend the food group. New members always welcome! #
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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 18:15 It is raining outside. Hopefully, things will cool off a bit. #
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Now on Display...

These items are on temporary loan from Dr. Jiu Ding, Ningjun "Nina" Ye, and Elan Ding. The items relate to China and in some cases the upcoming 2008 Olympics.

Please stop by and have a look!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 17:05 Erin is our new children's and young adult programmer - she started Monday, August 4. #
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Library Card Required

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Starting October 1, 2008, patrons will be required to have their library card in order to check out materials. If you have lost your card, now is your chance to come in and purchase a new one - they are 1.00. We are doing this in order to insure patrons’ privacy. If you have questions, please stop by or call.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Save a Life - Donate Blood

There will be a blood drive at the Purvis County Courthouse on Thursday, August 14 from 10 - 4 p.m. If you are in the area, please stop by and give some blood. In addition, I believe they will be raffling off a gas card for those that give...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 10:09 The authors of Roger's Thesaurus are here to do a book talk/signing for our Family Story Time group at 10:30 - it's not too late to come... #
  • 11:46 We had 56 kids and 37 adults attend our author/Family Story Time today! Thanks to the authors of Roger's Thesaurus for such a great group! #
  • 15:10 Ashley's last day is today... #
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Kyle & Rachael - OGR Family Story Time

Kyle Hilton and Rachael Huddleston - the authors of Roger's Thesaurus - came by today and read their newly published book to our Family Story Time group. They did a fantastic job and we had over 50 children and 30 adults in attendance. You can find out more about their book at kylehilton.com

Tweets for Today

  • 11:18 Just a reminder - we offer coffee everyday - please stop by and have some... #
  • 10:09 The authors of Roger's Thesaurus are here to do a book talk/signing for our Family Story Time group at 10:30 - it's not too late to come... #
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Friday, July 25, 2008

Going over the rules - Scrabble Club

Our newly formed Scrabble Club started with a bang last night. We had around 20 people attend and as of today, 31 people have signed up. There was food and drink and many new friendships formed. I do not think any table had too many challenges, but you never know what will happen in the future. If you are interested in the Scrabble Club, please call or stop by the library.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 12:31 Our website URL is now www.lamar.lib.ms.us/news/oakgrove/ so please update your bookmarks, favorites, delicious, etc... #
  • 17:25 Our scrabble club, newly founded, starts in about 25 minutes. It's not too late, if you want to play scrabble... #
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That ain't working...

...that's the way you do it.

We (Terry, Tammy, Donna, Melinda, Bridgette, and I) recently went to a Technology Fair sponsored by the Mississippi Library Commission. We had the chance to try out all types of new gadgets and games. In all, we had a great time. Some of us even won door prizes.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 10:14 Our food group is changing its meeting time to 6 p.m. on the second Monday of the month... #
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Monday, July 14, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 14:47 New children's programer started today - please welcome Dena Davis! #
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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 17:34 Currently working on shifting our nonfiction collection so that we will have room for our slowly growing Spanish and Classics collections... #
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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Family Story Time with Ms. Lee

Ms. Lee conducted a Family Story Time for us today and we had around 35 children attend. It went really well. Her theme was something to do with a "jungle." A "jungle" theme that is.




Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Family Story Time for July

Family Story continues, starting July 9, in July on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. We have a four-week lineup in store for those in attendance.

July 9 - Ms. Lee will have a jungle theme
July 16 - Mrs. Ashley will have a cow theme
July 23 - Author B.J. Mathias will be here to conduct a special Family Story Time
July 30 - Authors Kyle Hilton and Rachael Huddleston will be here to talk about their book, Roger's Thesaurus.

Also, our new Children's Programmer will start on July 14, so please stop by to make her feel welcome.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Happy Fourth of July!

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Fourth of July. Just so you know, the library will be closed July 4 and 5.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 09:39 SLP Volunteer Appreciation breakfast today at 10:30 a.m. #
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Monday, June 30, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 12:29 We close Friday and Saturday this week - just so you know. Please come in before then. #
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Thursday, June 26, 2008

New Local Art...

Local artist, Jean Crockett, has her work on display at the library. She has several paintings, which all represent something from her youth. Please stop by to view the others.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Have you tried Wordle?



Learn more about Wordle at http://wordle.net/.

Our wordle is from the first chapter of The Picture of Dorian Gray, which I found using The Project Gutenberg website - HERE.

Bosley the Guide Dog

We had Bosley the Guide dog come in today for our Family Story Time. You can learn more about Bosley at Bosley's website - CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

SLP 2008 Finale Party!


Our Summer Library Program ended today with a huge finale party. We had special storyteller, Brian "Fox" Ellis, wow the kids with stories. We had pizza. We had tons of prizes - including a 100.00 savings bong from The First. We also had the Chick-Fil-A Cow in attendance - the cow helped hand out prizes.

In all, I believe we averaged about 65 children and 35 adults per program, which is pretty good. Until next year...


Monday, June 23, 2008

Tom Swift - Author Visit



Mr. Swift came by the library on Thursday, June 19 from 5 - 7 p.m. He read from his book - Chief Bender's Burden: The Silent Struggle of a Baseball Star - and hung around to sign copies of it after his readings.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 11:42 Sitting in on a Flickr session at the MS Library 2.0 Summit. #
  • 11:43 You can find us on Flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/oakgrovelibrary/ #
  • 11:51 About to head to lunch. Flickr session is almost over... #
  • 13:00 Lunch was good - chicken salad. #
  • 13:01 Sitting in on video conference for next session - Library 2.0 - Virtual Learning Spaces. A virtual presentation... #
  • 13:09 This, video conference, is too cool. #
  • 13:54 Meebo, have you heard about it? #
  • 13:54 Meebo, have you heard about it? #
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MS Library 2.0 Summit 2008

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This is a picture from the MSU Libraries account on Flickr.

I am currently at the summit sitting in on a Flickr session. If you have never used Flickr, please give it a shot. You can find our pictures here.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Monday, June 9, 2008

June Author Visit

Greetings!

I just wanted to let you know that we will be having an author visit our library on Thursday, June 19 from 5 - 7 p.m. The author's name is Tom Swift and he will be promoting his book, Chief Bender's Burden: The Silent Struggle of a Baseball Star. You can learn more about his book by clicking HERE. Mr. Swift's book has been reviewed by several nationally known publications - Booklist, Chicago-Sun Times, and the Washington Post just to name a few.

If you are in the area, if you are a baseball fan, if you are a history fan, or if you just like to read great books, please stop by and talk with the author. He will even have books to sell and autograph.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

First 2008 Summer Library Program

Our first Summer Library Program of 2008 was a huge success. In all, we had about 80 kids and 45 adults attend. Aimee Lee and her assistant Mike did a fantastic job of showing the kids various bugs - hissing cockroaches, millipedes, and a tarantula. The program was both fun and educational. We hope that the programs to come are as fun!

Special thanks to Aimee, Mike, and our volunteers for making this program a success!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Here Comes June...

June is here. Our Summer Library Program starts June 03 @ 10 a.m. in the Community Center. You can register now or at the program. Below are the program dates (all at 10 a.m.):

June 03 - Aimee Lee from USM will talk about creepy crawlers

June 10 - Paris Rainey from Terminix will be here and it is CAMO Day (wear your camo)

June 17 - Airhead the Clown will be around

June 24 - Our SLP Finale Party with Brian "Fox" Ellis and a Pizza Party! Oh and don't forget to dress like a bug!

We will also have Family Story Times on Wednesdays @ 10:30 a.m. Further, we will have buggy movies every Thursday from 2 - 4 p.m.

There is more, please call the library for details!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Why you should join our Food Group...

Do you like cake and pie, as well as other foods? Do you enjoy sampling new recipes? Then you should join our Food Group. The Food Group meets the second Monday of every month at 5:30. All that you have to do to join is show up with a dish and the recipe for that dish. We usually have a theme, so if you are interested give us a call and find out what that theme will be. In June, the theme will be Summer Foods and in July, the theme will be All American Foods. Themes are open to interpretation and all are welcome to attend (just bring a dish and recipe).

Thursday, May 8, 2008

What's going on in May...

Greetings!

It has been a little while since our last post, sorry. Things have slowed a bit in May, but that is because we are gearing up for our Summer Reading Program, which starts in June. However, in May, we will have an author stop by and do a book signing. The author's name is Fran McNabb and she is a Romance writer from Ocean Springs. We will also have our usual book club meetings (Daytime, Evening, and Mystery), so please call for details.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Author Visit - Darthy JP Johnson

Pictured are Chanie, Michael (author's son), and Darthy Johnson (author and Chanie's sister).

Darthy did a fantastic job of telling local 8th grade students about her new book and about writing in general. She spoke about how everything in life can lead to something worth writing about - we just have to write about it.

Her book is called Life's a Journey: 7 Steps to Get What You Want and it can be purchased here, http://www.lifesjourneywebsite.com/.

Monday, April 7, 2008

National Poetry Month - Poet Tree...


April is National Poetry Month and we are celebrating it with a Poet Tree. We are looking for patrons who don’t mind sharing their own poems or their favorite poem by someone else. Ask the library staff for a leaf (or two or three leaves) and share a poem!

Some forms of poetry you might want to consider:
  • an acrostic (the first letters of each line combine to spell a word that can be read vertically down the poem.)

  • a haiku (There are three lines. Line one has five syllables. Line two has seven syllables. Line three has five syllables.)

  • free verse (Let your imagination run wild! There are no rules for this type of poetry as far as syllables, rhyming, etc.)

  • an I Wish poem (Each line begins with “I wish” and then you add what you wish.)

  • a cinquain (These have five lines, the first includes a noun, the second line has 2 descriptive words, the third line has 3 action words, the fourth line has a 4 word phrase describing feelings, and the fifth line has a synonym for the word in line 1.)

Teens Spring 2008 Photo Contest Winner...

Florence was our Teens Spring 2008 Photo Contest Winner. She submitted three photos of downtown Hattiesburg. Here prize was a 50.00 savings bond from The First.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Teen Talent Show

On Monday, March 31, 2008, the Oak Grove Public Library had a Teen Talent Show (12 - 18 years of age). We had seven people enter. Our winner was a duo, Tim and Marshall. Tim played the violin while Marshall played the guitar. For winning, they took home a 50.00 gift certificate to the Olive Garden. Our runner up was Lindsey who took home a 25.00 gift certificate to Seasons. Our third place winner was Alex who took home a 15.00 gift certificate to Red Lobster. We hope to have another Talent Show in the near future, so please keep an eye open...

Friday, March 28, 2008

Pirates!

Arrr! Greetings. It's been a while since our last post, sorry. However, we are still here. Things have been going great. We recently had a series of Pirate Story Times! As you can see, our staff even got into the fun. Our Family Story Times will continue through April; however, we will not have Family Story Times in May because we will be preparing for our Summer Reading Program, which starts in June. Be sure to stop by the library for story times and/or information on all of our upcoming events.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Mary Anna Evans Book Signing

Mary Anna Evans recently stopped by the library for a book talk/signing. Mrs. Evans is a mystery writer originally from Hattiesburg. She gave a great talk and we hope to have her back at Oak Grove sometime after the release of her next book - Findings. Find out more about her at http://www.maryannaevans.com/.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 11:21 Author, Mary Anna Evans, will be here today @ 5 p.m.! #
  • 15:08 Afternoon Family Story Time has just started... #
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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 09:25 Our Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash is at 3:30 today in the Community Center! #
  • 10:54 Judy is Thing One; Michael is Thing Two... #
  • 10:55 Ashley is a hatted cat; Chanie is a hatted cat; Mary is a hatted cat. #
  • 14:08 Almost Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash time!! #
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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 17:14 Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash Tomorrow @ 3:30! #
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Monday, March 3, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 10:18 It's a new month and we have tons to do... Check back often for what is coming up... #
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Friday, February 29, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 09:28 Learn on Demand computer classes start in about 34 minutes. #
  • 12:18 Computer class finished. 8 in attendance. 8 is all we can have per class, so 8 is good. #
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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 10:16 It's chilly outside, but warm inside. #
  • 14:40 Afternoon story time today will feature another local dentist! #
  • 16:22 Dr. Cronin came today for afternoon Family Story Time and we had a great time. He read stories and talked about the importance of brushing! #
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Family Story Time Guest!

Today, during our afternoon Story Time, we had a guest - Dr. Cronin. Dr. Cronin is a local dentist. He spoke about dental health, demonstrated proper brushing technique, and read a few stories to those in attendance.
For our Wednesday Family Story Time (2/27/2008) we had Dr. Melinda Lucas as our guest dentist!