Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Big Read Author Event - Mary Anna Evans

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Mary Anna Evans dropped by on October 12, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. in order to talk about her latest work, Strangers. She is the author of the Faye Longchamp Mysteries, of which there are currently four titles - Artifacts, Relics, Effigies, and Findings. Before Mary Anna spoke, the jazza duo, Duo Falcon, entertained us with a bit of jazz.

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

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Art on Display

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Gary W. Smith, a local artist, currently has several pieces of art work on display at the library. Please stop by and have a look!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Family Story Times!

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Our Family Story Time is now back to Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Thursday is generally a repeat of Wednesday but you are more than welcome to come to both!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Duo Fujin @ the OGPL

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Misty Theisen and Marc Ballard comprise Duo Fujin. They played a bit for us on the last Saturday in July. They were wonderful and we hope that they will stop by again when they are in the area.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pie Making Contest!

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Why were you not at our pie making contest? It was wonderful!

There was a tie for first place between Martha and Michelle. Their pies were an egg custard pie and a Macadamia Key Lime pie. There was also a tie for second place between Judy and Eugene. Their piers were a pecan pie and a chocolate pie and a key lime pie, respectively (the last two were both by Eugene).

Here is Martha's winning Custard Pie Recipe:

5 eggs, 1 c. sugar, 2 c. milk, 2 t. nutmeg, 1 t. vanilla, and a dash of salt.

1 - beat eggs
2 - combine all ingredients and beat well
3 - spread 2 T. white karo on pie crust before putting in pie mixture
4 - pour mixture in unbaked pie crust
5 bake 7 min. @ 450 degrees and then reduce heat to 325 degrees for an additional 35 minutes

Enjoy and we hope to see you at next year's Pie Making Contest!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Picnic @ the Library

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Today, during our Family Story Time, we had a picnic at the library. The picnic included a story and a craft, followed by hamburgers and ice cream!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Family Story Time with the Hattiesburg Zoo!

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Krissy from the Hattiesburg Zoo and Latoya from the African American Military History Museum stopped by the library for a Family Story Time Presentation. With them, they brought a chinchilla, a ball python, and a macaw.

July 08, 2010

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wizard Wrock - Tuesday, July 13 @ 4 p.m.

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Please join us on Tuesday, July 13 @ 4 p.m. for a Wizard Wrock concert. For more information, click the link HERE.

Fourth of July Story TIme 2010

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Yes, a bit late, but better later than never. Here is a picture from our Fourth of July themed Family Story Time.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer Concert @ the OGPL

Duo Fujin will perform a Summer Concert at the Oak Grove Public Library on Saturday, July 31 at 11 a.m. Please see below for more information about this group.

Since its founding, Duo Fujin has been promoting traditional and contemporary concert music by performing throughout the United States. The duo, consisting of flutist Misty Theisen and saxophonist Marc Ballard, performs classical flute/saxophone repertoire in addition to newly commissioned pieces specifically written for this unique instrumentation. Also dedicated to education, Duo Fujin gives masterclasses for music students of all ages.

Misty Theisen received degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi in music education (B.ME.) and flute performance (M.M.). While teaching across the southeastern United States and at Worth Abbey in West Sussex, England, she studied with internationally recognized soloists Sir James Galway, Paul Edmund Davies, and Wissam Boustany. Theisen has performed regularly with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, and the Sinfonia Gulf Coast.

Marc Ballard is currently Adjunct Instructor of Woodwinds at Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He also lectures part-time at Southeastern Louisiana University, and teaches woodwinds and piano at the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts. He holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Henderson State University, and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi. He performs and records regularly with several bands in the New Orleans area, including Lil’ Red and Big Bad, and Refried Confuzion.

The program will feature works by former Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra composer-in-residence Stephen Dankner, Astor Piazzolla, Alberto Ginastera, Elliott Carter, Georg Phillip Telemann, and Ingolf Dahl. Duo Fujin will play for audiences throughout the United States during the 2010-2011 season including a southeastern tour during March of 2011 which will consist of performances in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana. For more information about Duo Fujin, contact the ensemble on the web at

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Summer Library Program 2010

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Our 2010 Summer Library Program is officially concluded. We would like to thank Books-A-Million, Raising Cane's, Chick-fil-A, Sonic, O'Charley's, all of our volunteers and staff, and you for helping to make it enjoyable. Books-A-Million donated books and bags. Raising Cane's donated chicken, fries, lemonade, and iced-tea for close to 100 people. Chick-fil-A brought the cow to our final program. Sonic and O'Charley's donated gift certificates to all of those participating in our Summer Library Program. If we missed you, we are sorry and we say thank you!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Family Story Times...

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Originally uploaded by OakGroveLibrary

For the Summer (June and July), our Family Story Times are Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend. There are stories, crafts, and sometimes snacks!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Food Group @ the OGPL

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Greetings, I just wanted to take a moment to show you what you are missing if you miss the Food Group every second Monday of the month at 6 p.m.

New members are always welcome because the more new members we have, the more new food there is to sample!

Our next meeting will be Monday, July 12 @ 6 p.m. and the theme will be "Picnic @ the Library." All you have to do is bring a dish and the recipe in order to become a member.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

New YA & Children's Programmer!

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In her own words...

My name is Deborah, and I am the new Children’s and Young Adult programmer at the Oak Grove Library. I am originally from Arkansas, and I moved to Mississippi to attend USM. In 2002, I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from USM.

In 2000, I started to work at the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County, and would continue to work there for nine years. During my employment there, I realized I wanted to get my Master’s Degree in Library Science. I loved working at the Hattiesburg Library and received much encouragement from the staff to pursue my degree. I received my MLIS (Master’s of Library and Information Science) in the fall of 2008.

I love to watch movies, read books and listen to music. I love any movies by Tim Burton and most Disney animated films. My favorite television shows are “Madmen” and “Gossip Girl”. When it comes to reading, I enjoy horror and fantasy novels and manga.

I also collect any Alice in Wonderland items I can find, such as variations of the book, dolls, jewelry etc… I am also fascinated with Marie Antoinette, and the time period in which she lived.

At the Oak Grove Library, I do preschool Story Time [and much, much more]. Story Time usually involves several stories that share a theme, with a craft to follow, unless there is a special guest appearance.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Library Tour!

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Several students from Oak Grove Primary School were treated to a tour of the library. The tour was conducted by Judy with a story being told by Deborah.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Adventure of Fairytale

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Valerie, an Oak Grove High School senior recently completed her senior project. Her project was to create, illustrate, and publish a children's book - The Adventure of Fairytale. Once it is cataloged, her book will be in the Oak Grove Public Library's collection.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Position Filled.

The Position has been filled.

Public Services Librarian – Children’s Programmer

The Lamar County Library System seeks a dynamic and energetic individual for the position of Public Services Assistant for the Oak Grove Public Library. Under the supervision of the Library Manager, this full-time position is responsible for the planning and execution of all children’s and young adult programming and selection of materials for addition to the children’s and young adult collection. Position is also responsible for working the circulation and reference desk as scheduled. At the desk the position performs essential circulation functions using the Library’s automation system (SIRSI’s Unicorn/Symphony); reference and information service; collection maintenance and development; and clerical tasks such as copying and FAX transmission. This position has extensive contact with the public. Applicant must be computer literate and comfortable with office technology.

Minimum Requirements:

•High School Diploma (Bachelor’s preferred) •Previous experience working with children and young adults •Strong computer skills •Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills •Public speaking skills with large groups •Ability to work a flexible schedule to include evenings and some Saturdays •Ability to work in rapidly changing environment •Ability to exercise judgment in non-routine situations
If called to interview, candidate will be required to provide an example of a children’s program and/or conduct a story time. Applicant will need to provide examples of program ideas or programs used in the past.

Lamar County Library System is dynamic and customer service oriented. Technology plays a major role in library services—including computers, FAX and copier services. Salary commensurate with education and experience. Includes paid health insurance, participation in state public employees’ retirement system and vacation/sick leave accrual. Review of applications will begin immediately with interviews to begin immediately.

If interested please submit application online or print and mail to:

Lamar County Library System
ATTN: Employment
P.O. Box 289
Purvis, MS 39475

Or email to

Friday, April 9, 2010

Wizard Wrock - July 13, 2010

Please join the Lamar County Library System as we welcome FIVE wizard wrock bands to the Oak Grove Public Library on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 4 p.m. A few of these bands have been here before, but two of them are totally new. We need a HUGE turnout for these fantastic musicians.

You can see these bands just in time for the first part of the seventh Harry Potter film (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One) which is set to open in November 2010. Also, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios ( will have their grand opening on June 18.

About the bands...


Kristina Horner and Luke Conard met each other through their respective wizard rock bands three years ago. With much in common, they quickly became friends and found themselves collaborating musically rather frequently. After a while, they decided to take one step outside the Harry Potter genre and expanded their music repertoire to include a myriad of other nerdy topics (including zombies, nerdy love songs, and the online role playing game World of Warcraft [which they disagree on whether it's cool or not]), and thus, ALL CAPS was born. They have released two full length albums and a handful of successful music videos on YouTube. In December of 2009, they were also signed to the up and coming Internet music label DFTBA Records.

The Whomping Willows

The Whomping Willows is the solo project of singer/songwriter Matt Maggiacomo. Combining an offbeat sense of humor with light political commentary and catchy melodies, Matt has written five full-length albums and two EPs (loosely) from the perspective of the violent tree at Hogwarts. Since the band's inception in October 2005, the Whomping Willows has played over 400 shows throughout the United States and Canada.

The Moaning Myrtles

The Moaning Myrtles have been having the time of their afterlives writing and performing music from everyone's favorite whiny bathroom ghost's perspective since 2005. They are known for their piano-heavy songs with catchy harmonies, but the Myrtles occasionally take the form of a solo guitarist. Lauren Fairweather and Nina Jankowicz have released a handful of albums and played shows in libraries, bookstores, clubs, hotels, and living rooms all over the eastern half of the United States.

Over 13,000 people subscribe to Lauren's YouTube partner channel, devilishlypure, and her videos have received over a million views. She also makes a weekly appearance on the collaborative partner channel fiveawesomegirls, which has 30,000 subscribers, over six million video views, and has inspired hundreds of other channels with a similar format.

Justin Finch-Fletchley

Justin Finch-Fletchley has self-released three full length albums, two live albums, and one greatest hits EP of music written from the perspective of a classmate who witnessed most of the events Harry, Ron, and Hermione experienced. Justin has been touring the US and Canada for the past few years, performing in libraries, bookstores, clubs, and many other places helping to promote literacy, arts, activism, and equality. Justin combines wit and insight along with an unbridled amount of passion and energy to bring eager wizard rock fans their dose of catchy sing-along acoustic rock music.

The Parselmouths

The Parselmouths are a wizard rock band that take the Hogwarts experience from the perspective of those spoiled, popular rich girls (think "Mean Girls"). Their girlband has been writing and performing songs since 2004, and even though the lineup of the band has changed a bit since then, it's still the folky, upbeat, slightly 'evil' band it always was, singing about everything from school dances to boys to having crushes on their teachers. Kristina Horner and Eia Waltzer currently have three albums out and have played shows in a plethora of venues all over the country, bringing their music to audiences of all ages.

Kristina Horner, also known as "italktosnakes" on YouTube, has an audience-base of approximately 36,000 people. Her youtube-approved partner channel has received over four million views in the three years she's been using the website, and her most viewed video has 500,000 views alone. She, too, makes a weekly appearance on the collaborative partner channel "fiveawesomegirls", a channel with not only 30,000 subscribers and six million video views, but one that was also the model for hundreds of other copycat channels that spawned since its creation in 2008.

Friday, April 2, 2010

On Display: Art by Jeanette Graham

Jeanette, a self-taught artist, is passionate about her art. A lover of flowers and bright colors, she has her own flower garden. She combines her love of flowers with her love of the camera – painting fresh flowers in the spring and summer, and painting from photos in the winter.

She has fun! The learning process is a continuous one, each painting a learning experience. She believes in herself and paints to her own satisfaction. What Jeannette knows about painting, she learned from books, a few workshops and classes and by doing.

She is an award winner in regional art shows, and has shown in Hattiesburg at City Hall, and at Java Werks. She is a member of South Mississippi Art Association in Hattiesburg and an art club in Jackson. She has attended workshops given by Judi Betts of Baton Rouge, LA, Ann Warner from Covington, LA, and Paula Payne also from Louisiana.

Her favorite medium is watercolor, but she also uses oils, acrylic, pastel, pen & ink drawing, and prize sculpture.

She is married to Darrell Graham of Sumrall, MS, has three children – Michael, Craig, and Monica – and has three grandchildren.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

National Library Week Contest - Laurie R. King

National Library Week is coming, April 11 - 17, and author Laurie R. King has a contest for you. Laurie wants to know your fantasy for the absolute, ultimate, perfect ideal of a library.

Please visit for contest information. The deadline for entries is Friday, April 09.

If you enter, please let us know.

Best of Luck!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Classics Book Club

Do you wish you had read more of the classics in literature? Maybe you would like to read them again and discuss your reading with others in a small group. An opportunity is now available for you—a new Classics book club at the Oak Grove Public Library!

Classics are works that have stood the test of time. They have merited lasting recognition by critics and regular readers alike. Think writers such as Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Homer, Harper Lee, C. S. Lewis, Ernest Hemmingway, Leo Tolstoy to name a very few.

Why read classic literature? Aren’t those books that were written a long time ago? Can we relate to them? Here are a few reasons for reading classic literature: (1) The classics connect us to those who share the stories and help us understand the culture in which lived; they connect us to other generations. (2) The classics give us glaring insight into human nature helping us ultimately learn about our own personal nature. These great works showcase human mistakes and successful choices so we can learn from them. (3) The classics bring us face-to-face with greatness—great writers who can lead us to be a better person through their own depth of thought and beauty of expression.

If you are interested in signing up for this book club or if you have any questions, come by the Oak Grove Public Library or call the library at 601 296-1704.

Article by Gayle, Library Associate at the Oak Grove Public Library

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Amphitheater Update

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Our amphitheater is coming along nicely thanks to the help of Dr. Pennebaker, the Lamar County Board of Supervisors, the Lamar County Library System, the Lamar County road crew, the Friends of the Oak Grove Public Library, and many, many more. We now have sod! The sod was graciously donated by Mississippi Grass Nursery at 117 U S Highway 49, Hattiesburg, MS.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Passing the Torch...

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A picture from one of our Winter Olympic Family Story Times...

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Special Guest: Winnie the Pooh!

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Winnie the Pooh visited the Oak Grove Public Library to tell stories, sing songs, and sign autographs!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

On Display: Compacts

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From Tina:

Thank you for looking at my vintage compact collection! Compacts became a fashion statement for women in the early 1900s and are still made today.

I started collecting vintage compacts around 10 years ago. A co-worker was cleaning out her mother's house and gave me an old cigarette case that she found. I held onto it for awhile just excited about the unknown history behind it, but when I did a little research, my envy turned more in the direction of the powder and rouge compact.

I have over 100 vintage powder and rouge compacts. I have gotten most of them at yard sales, flea markets, EBay, and some as gifts. My oldest one dates back to 1920. Based on information from a 1999 price guide, most of them value anywhere between $25.00 to as much as $500.00 each. Collecting compacts is a fantastic hobby for me! They do not take up much space, they are easy to display, they are a great conversation piece, and they are very durable and hold up well over time! My 6-year-old thinks they are so neat and I really enjoy sharing them with her. To this day, I always keep an open eye to add to my collection whenever I can. It is something that has become part of me and I love the fact that every compact I own has its own very personal history all hidden inside, something that will remain a mystery forever!

You can see these compacts while they are on display at the Oak Grove Public Library!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Now On Display

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The Counted Cross Stitch pictures currently on display at the Oak Grove Public Library were stitched by Zandra Ray. They were done over a period of several years with one picture taking over two years to finish. Zandra and her husband, Russell, retired from Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, MS. One year later in 2004, they moved to Oak Grove just in time for the birth of their beautiful granddaughter, Breanna. Zandra enjoys cross-stitching, crocheting, and sewing for her granddaughter.