- 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! #
Tuesday, December 23, 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.
- The Gingerbread House Contest – It was so much fun watching the families having fun; and I was awed by the creativity they displayed.
- Pilgrims and Indians Storytime – What a great group of preschoolers we have and how kind they were to a rookie storyteller (Mary).
- 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
Thursday, December 18, 2008
- 11:46 Second Annual Gingerbread House Photos - www.flickr.com/photos/oakgrovelibrary/tags/secondannual/ #
- 15:53 author Ronnie Blackwell will be here tonight at 6 p.m. to talk about his works - Spite and Servie it Cold... #
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
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
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
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
Monday, December 1, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
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
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
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
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.
- 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
Monday, November 3, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
- 12:08 Halloween Family Story Time went well today. Tomorrow we have Trick or Treating at the Library at 4 p.m. #
- 12:10 We are sponsoring a Canned Foods Drive now through November 22 - oakgrovelibrary.blogspot.com/2008/10/thanksgiving-food-drive.html #
- 12:10 Ah, wait, that canned foods drive is now through November 20, sorry. #
- 16:39 Some thoughts on the recent MLA Conference - tinyurl.com/5o2wwu #
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…
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
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
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.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
- 11:41 Tomorrow, Saturday, September 27, our YAMs group will finish painting our book drop. #
- 13:24 Check it out, the Lamar County Library System now has a YouTube page - www.youtube.com/user/LamarCoLibrarySystem #
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
- 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
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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
- 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. #
Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
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
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Any type of meat (sausage)
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
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
Friday, September 5, 2008
- 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... #
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
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
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
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
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
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
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
- 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! #
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Please stop by and have a look!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
- 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... #
- 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... #
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
- 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... #
...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
Monday, July 14, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
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
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
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
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
- 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? #
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 18, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
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
Special thanks to Aimee, Mike, and our volunteers for making this program a success!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
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
Thursday, May 8, 2008
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
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
- 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.)
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
- 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!! #
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
- 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! #
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!