Thursday, October 15, 2009

Big Read with Jerry and Aimee


Big Read with Jerry and Aimee
Originally uploaded by OakGroveLibrary

Aimee T. Lee of USM's Biological Science's Learning Center was on hand for a Big Read themed story time featuring Jerry, the bearded dragon!

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

FST Itty bitty Gopher Tortoise


FST Itty bitty Gopher Tortoise
Originally uploaded by OakGroveLibrary

Matt Hinderliter a herpetologist for The Nature Conservancy in Hattiesburg stopped by for a Family Story Time on 10/08/2009. He brought various critters with him, including baby gopher tortoises, a black kingsnake, and a fence lizard.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Big Read - Caught Reading


Big Read - Caught Reading
Originally uploaded by OakGroveLibrary

This fellow was caught in the library reading the Big Read selection for 2009 - A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Pick up a free copy, while supplies last, of the Big Read book for 2009 at any library in the Lamar County Library System!

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Big Read @ the OGPL


bigread2009_OGPL_events
Originally uploaded by OakGroveLibrary

Greetings, here is a picture of the events we have coming up in October. These events are all a part of our Big Read celebration. We hope you are able to attend!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Designing Pajamas


Designing Pajamas
Originally uploaded by OakGroveLibrary

At our last Bedtime Story Time, we made pajamas. Our Bedtime Story Time is once a month - second Tuesday of each month - at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Aviation Artist Clint Martin


Aviation Artist Clint Martin
Originally uploaded by OakGroveLibrary

Clinard "Clint" Martin donated three prints to the Oak Grove Public Library and in recognition of this, we had an artist reception for him. The reception took place on Monday, August 17, 2009 at 6 p.m.

A special thanks to the Friends of the Oak Grove Public Library, to the Evening (Sunday) Book Cub, and to the Food Club for helping us to make this event a huge success.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Tea Time Hat


The Tea Time Hat
Originally uploaded by OakGroveLibrary

We had a "Tea Party" Story Time on Thursday, July 22 with Ms. Judy. Everybody dressed up in costumes from the costume trunk and then enjoyed tea time stories and treats!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Video - Stanley Anderson reading A Dog in the Manger


Video - Stanley Anderson reading A Dog in the Manger
Originally uploaded by OakGroveLibrary

Local author, Stanley Anderson, stopped by the Oak Grove Public Library on Thursday, July 16, 2009 to discuss his new series A Dog in the Manger.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Anthony A Mozingo - The Longleaf Trace Companion


Anthony A Mozingo - The Longleaf Trace Companion
Originally uploaded by OakGroveLibrary

Local author, Tony Mozingo, was at the Oak Grove Public Library on 07/13/2009 in order to talk about his new book The Longleaf Trace Companion. You can find out more about his book at www.toottootpublishing.com



Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Michelle - Adult Summer Reading Contest Winner 2009


Michelle - Adult Summer Reading Contest Winner 2009
Originally uploaded by OakGroveLibrary

Michelle is the winner of our 2009 Adult Summer Reading BOOKS (BINGO) Program. Her name was chosen randomly out of all those completely "blacking out" their BOOKS card. She won a 50.00 gift card to Books-A-Million courtesy of the Friends of the Oak Grove Public Library.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Summer Reading Program 2009 Finale!


06302009 - Picking the Perfect Slice
Originally uploaded by OakGroveLibrary

Our Summer Reading program for 2009 is now finished. We had a great time and ended the program with a wonderful pizza party. Fox’s Pizza Den in Hattiesburg provided the pizza, free. I would d like to thank everybody for such a wonderful Summer Reading experience!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Summer Reading Program - Robert Day


Sword through Neck - Robert Day - SRP
Originally uploaded by OakGroveLibrary



The Big Read - A Wizard of Earthsea!


The University of Southern Mississippi has partnered with us for a 2009 Big Read Grant. As such, we will be hosting the Big Read this year - the Lamar County Library System and USM that is.

We will be reading A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin. All events, promotions, and reads will begin sometime in October 2009 - so please stay tuned for further information.

This is quite an opportunity for us and I would like to thank USM for thinking about us when they wrote this grant.

You can find out more about the Big Read at http://www.neabigread.org/

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts
in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Summer Reading Program 2009 with Ms. Lee


SRP Ms Lee - The Kids
Originally uploaded by OakGroveLibrary

A photo from our June 16, 2009 Summer Reading Program featuring Ms. Lee.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Wizard Rock @ the OGPL


Wizard Rock LCLS
Originally uploaded by OakGroveLibrary

On Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 4 p.m., three Wizard Rock Bands joined us at the Oak Grove Public Library for a Wizard Rock Concert. The bands included The Whomping Willows, The Moaning Myrtles, and Justin Finch Fletchley.

We had a great time and hope to have the bands back again sometime in the not so distant future.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Summer Reading Program 2009 - Kids in My Kitchen


SRP eating couscous
Originally uploaded by
OakGroveLibrary

Mrs. Patricia Edwards from Kids in My Kitchen was the presenter for this particular Summer Reading Program. She read the kids a story called The Butter Man and had couscous for everyone.


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Caught Reading


Caught Reading
Originally uploaded by
OakGroveLibrary

One of the many reasons it is fantastic to work in a Public Library!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Art by Ruby and Curtis Graham


The Oak Grove Public Library will feature various paintings from “new” artists Ruby and Curtis Graham. Ruby and Curtis live in the community of Oak Grove and have only recently acquired an interest in art. While Ruby and Curtis are very young artists, they are both 80 years old. Their art will be put on display for June 06, 2009, a day that also happens to be their 36th wedding anniversary.

The recent interest in art started with Ruby about a year ago as a therapeutic exercise. Ruby had a stroke in early 2004 that left her right arm and hand partially paralyzed. Recovery of the use of the right arm and hand has progressed slowly, but continued efforts have yielded steady results. On a whim, Ruby started drawing and painting in an effort to diversify her physical therapy exercises. This turned into a very active hobby.

Inspired by Ruby’s artwork, Curtis begun to paint and has a few works of his own. They have collaborated on various pieces of art. The focus of the pieces varies, but most involve some type of nature theme.

Please feel free to stop by and browse the works of Ruby and Curtis while on display at the Oak Grove Public Library. Who knows, you just might be inspired!


Article by Kim Burge for the Oak Grove Public Library

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Lebanese Salad - Food Club May 2009


Lebanese Salad - Food Club May 2009
Originally uploaded by
OakGroveLibrary

This is one very good reason why you should come to our food club. The particular dish pictured is an award winning salad by Shirley and I can tell you, it was delicious.

The Food Club meets on the second Monday of every month at 6 p.m. Each month there is a theme and we all prepare dishes to meet that theme.

In June (2009), the theme will be "Be Creative." That is, you have an open slate when creating a dish for the meeting.

I hope to see you there...

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Harry Potter in June and July...

Do you love J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series? If so, I am sure you are eagerly awaiting the release of the movie version of the Half-Blood Prince. In anticipation of its release, we will be showing the first five films based on Rowling’s novels.

Join us for refreshments and great movies! Each movie will be shown at 3:00 pm in the Juvenile Reading Room at the library. The first three films are rated PG and the fourth and fifth are rated PG-13. We will show the first film, based on the book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, on Friday, June 5. Friday, June 12, we will be watching the second installment, based on the second book in the series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The third movie, based on the book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will be shown on Friday, June 19. Friday, June 26, we will be showing the movie based on the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. We will wrap things up on July 10 with the fifth film based on the fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

As if that were not enough, three Harry Potter theme bands will also be here in June. They will perform for us on Saturday, June 13 at 4:00 pm. The Whomping Willows and Justin Finch Fletchley are joining us all the way from Rhode Island, and the Moaning Myrtles are coming from New Jersey. You can learn more about these bands by visiting their MySpace pages.

If you have never read the Harry Potter series, I highly recommend it. You will not be able to put it down once you begin.

Dorothy Bell Lucas - Upcoming Author Visit


dorothybelllucas_blessingsoffaith
Originally uploaded by
OakGroveLibrary

For more information, please check out our website.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Relay for Life - Raffle


Hibiscus_RFL
Originally uploaded by OakGroveLibrary

As a part of our team's participation in the Relay for Life on May 01, 2009 in Sumrall, MS, we are going to raffle off a hibiscus plant. Lowe’s donated the hibiscus. You can purchase a raffle ticket at any of the Lamar County Library System Branches - Oak Grove, Purvis, Lumberton, or Sumrall. Tickets are only 1.00. We will be taking money up until the Relay on May 01.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Family Story Time - Flowers


Giving Flowers - FST
Originally uploaded by
OakGroveLibrary

Flowers were made during today's family story time. This little fellow is willing to share...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Abelard & Heloise - Dana Stratton


Abelard & Heloise - Dana Stratton
Originally uploaded by OakGroveLibrary

Dana Stratton, illustrator of Abelard & Heloise, was at our Family Story Time today. She read from her book and was then on hand to autograph copies of her book.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Virtual Book Club with BookSprouts

Have you heard of http://www.booksprouts.com/? The Oak Grove Public Library has started a virtual book club using BookSprouts. Currently it is set so that you have to be invited in order to participate; however, all you have to do is email me at mdevries@lamar.lib.ms.us to be invited.This virtual book club is open to all of you and anybody else whom may want to participate, regardless of geographical location - just email me.We will be able to discuss the books we read for the "physical" book club as well as anything else you are reading or have read. I think this has the potential to be very, very cool.Michael

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Family Story Time with Tess Vincent


Erin and Tess Vincent
Originally uploaded by
OakGroveLibrary

Tess Vincent, a local Hattiesburg author, conducted our Family Story Time today. She is the author of So...What Color am I? You can find out more about her and her book at http://sowhatcolorami.com/.

Pictured are Erin, children's and young adult programmer (left), and Tess Vincent (right).

Monday, March 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss


OGR Library - Dr Seuss Party 2009
Originally uploaded by
OakGroveLibrary


Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

New Landscaping...


Landscaping Heavy Machinery
Originally uploaded by
OakGroveLibrary

Our Friends of the Library have decided that we need landscaping and I have to say that they are correct. So, we are now getting our front lawn landscaped. If things go well, it should all be done by the end of the week. I should also add that the Friends of the Oak Grove Public Library are paying for the whole thing. Thank You!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Scrabble - Monopoly


Scrabble - Monopoly
Originally uploaded by
OakGroveLibrary

Our Scrabble Club now has a mystery table at every meeting. The mystery table will include a game that is not Scrabble. This past meeting the mystery table included Monopoly. Our Scrabble Club meets on the last Thursday of each month at 5:45 p.m. If you are interested, please stop by.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Dentist @ Family Story Time


Dr. Kelly Cronin II
Originally uploaded by
OakGroveLibrary

Dr. Kelly Cronin, a local dentist, stopped by the Oak Grove Public Library on February 19, 2009 for a special Family Story Time in honor of National Children's Dental Health Month.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

New Local Art on Display


Lynn - Local Artist
Originally uploaded by OakGroveLibrary

Lynn is a nurse at Camp Shelby. She has been a nurse for 30 years. She enjoys scrapbooking and card making, but she especially enjoys painting. The pictures we have on display are her very first paintings and she is very proud of them.

We have Lynn's art on display in our Circulation Desk display cases.

Tastefully Simple (order online)


Tastefully Simple Spread
Originally uploaded by OakGroveLibrary

Greetings! If you were not able to attend the Tastefully Simple get together last night, never fear because you are able to order online. To order online, simple go to https://pomm.tastefullysimple.com/pomm/ClientPartyAssociation.aspx and in the Find Party by Host Name box, Type FRIENDS OF in the first name and LIBRARY in the last name. The state is Mississippi. This should make it so that your orders will be affiliated with our party. Deana Ponder is our consultant for the event. I believe the ordering can be left open for up to a month. Thanks.

Remember, the funds go to the Friends of the OGR Library and in turn to the Library.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Annie B. McKee and Erin


Annie B. McKee and Erin
Originally uploaded by
OakGroveLibrary

Annie B McKee dressed in her storytelling costume and told stories for children of all ages featuring her kitty cat characters, Brutus and Felix with their special story, "February, Valentines, and the Little Red Brick House.” After the stories, Mrs. McKee was available for book signings. She is a contributing author for Pets Across America.

(Pictured, left to right, Annie B. McKee and Erin)

Special thanks to the Friends of the OGR Library, the Evening Book Club, the Food Club, and the staff of the OGR Library for providing snacks for this event.

Friday, January 23, 2009

South by Patrick McDonnell

South by Patrick McDonnell is probably one of the cutest books ever written (drawn). We have one copy available in our system and it is currently on the shelf. Please stop by and snap it up. Trust me, it is fantastic!

Search our CATALOG for this and other fantastic books!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Saturday Author Event and Family Story Time!

Mississippi author and well-known storyteller Annie B. McKee will be at the Oak Grove Public Library on Saturday, February 07, 2009 from 10:30 – Noon for a special Family Story Time. She will be dressed in her storytelling costume and will tell stories for those of all ages.

Ms. McKee is a storyteller, humorist, public speaker, creator of historic literary events and heritage projects. She is an award-winning writer and playwright and teaches creative writing workshops throughout the state. A founding board member of the Mississippi Writer's Guild, she served as its first executive director. She is listed on the Mississippi Artist Roster sponsored by the Mississippi Arts Commission.

After she finishes telling stories, she will be available for book signings. She is promoting a book for which she is a contributing author, Pets Across America: Lessons About Life Animals Teach Us. According to Gabriel’s Guardians Group and Ms. McKee, Pets Across America is a collection of smart, witty, and often touching stories by real authors living with those unique creatures we call pets. With the release of the book, Gabriel’s Guardians Group is coordinating book signings and pet adopt-a-thon events with the contributing authors and shelter/rescue organizations across the country. Thirty percent (30%) of all proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to these organizations to support their essential services. For more information, please go to www.petsacrossamerica.vpweb.com.

The Oak Grove Public Library would like to have a very strong community showing at this event, so we ask that you please come out and support Ms. McKee. By supporting Ms. McKee and her book, you will be helping animals across the United States.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Picturing America

We now have our Picturing America prints out and on display in the main aisle, the only aisle, of the library. Please stop by and have a look. I do still have eight to hang up, but they are coming soon, so come see the 16 we have up now! They are interesting...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

From our first Bedtime Story Time...



Our Bedtime Story Time will be the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. You are more than welcome to bring your favorite stuffed animal and to wear your pajamas.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

READ





Get your READ poster made from the ALA! It is free; however, there are some restrictions.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New YA (Young Adult) Format for 2009

Greetings:

Our YAMS group is no more for 2009. In its place, we will have a YA Game Night and a YA Book Club (to be renamed). Our YA Game Night will usually involve a PS2 and/or a Wii with various games to include DDR, Guitar Hero, and Wii Sports. We will also have a variety of board games. Our YA Book Club (to be renamed) will generally be about whatever it is you are currently reading. We will have the occasional meeting were everyone will read the same book. The format of the YA Book Club is open to change and needs YOUR input!

YA Game Night will be on the First Tuesday of the Month from 5 - 7 p.m. starting January 6 (today)

YA Book Club (to be renamed) will be on the Third Tuesday of the Month from 5 - 7 p.m. starting January 20 (not today)

If you are needing Community Service Hours, we can help. However, we are only able to have FIVE active teens working on Community Service Hours at one time. Teens must call or come in to register and it is on a first come first served basis - we do not keep a waiting list. Once you are one of the FIVE, you have exactly ONE month to finish your service hours.

Please give us a call for questions or comments...

Monday, January 5, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 12:49 Greetings! We are once again open, but then, you already knew that. We have a young adult game night tomorrow from 5 - 7 p.m. #
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