- 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.