Monday, September 29, 2008

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Book Return Nearly Painted...

book return to black
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

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

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  • 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
Junior Park Ranger - FST,
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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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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 (SciFi)...

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Free e-books from Will Shetterly and Emma Bull
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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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

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  • 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

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

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  • 11:42 Meebo is up and running on our website - check it out... #
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We are currently experimenting with something called Meebo - 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 - 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.