Friday, December 14, 2007

Dr. Ruth Crocker to Speak at Lunch and Learn

Dr. Ruth C. Crocker, Director of the Women's Studies Program at Auburn University, will be the featured speaker at the January 18 Lunch and Learn program at the H. Grady Bradshaw Library.

Dr. Crocker received her education at St. Anne's College, Oxford, England and at Purdue University where she did an M.A. and a Ph. D. in United States History. She was awarded an alumni professorship in 2001, received the Humanities Achievement Award in Auburn's College of Liberal Arts that same year, and in 2005 was recognized with the History Department's Phi Alpha Theta Robert Reid Outstanding Graduate Professor Award.

"Those Victorian Libbers - Another Look" will be the title of Crocker's presentation which will include a look at how far women have progresed since passage of the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment, the present status of women and how the future looks. She will spend a good deal of time on her latest book, "Mrs. Russell Sage: Women's Activism and Philanthropy in Gilded Age and Progressive Era America." The book has been referred to as "the story of a fabulously rich upstart who became one of the most influential philanthropists of her time", and, how Sage, "The wife of robber-baron Russell Sage ---- took on the mantle of active, reforming womanhood---."

Registraton is now underway for those who wish to receive a free sandwich and drink prior to the presentation. Food will be served at 11:30 with Dr. Crocker's presentation beginning at 12:00 noon. Telephone 768-2161 to register for the lunch. Registration is not required for those who do not plan to eat. A large crowd is expeccted.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Outstanding Speakers for Lunch and Learn

Three distinguished speakers will kick off the new year Lunch and Learn program of the H. Grady Bradshaw Library.

On January 18, Dr. Ruth Crocker, Professor of History and Director of the Women's Studies Progam at Auburn University will speak on "Those Victorian Women's Libbers. Another Look." During her presentation Dr. Crocker will address the status of women in America prior to the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972, what their status is today, and, what it looks like for the future. (Although the Equal Rights Amendment was passed by Congress in 1972, it has not been ratified by the required number of states to become a law. Neither Alabama nor Georgia have ratified the amendment.) Her latest book, RUSSELL SAGE: WOMEN'S ACTIVISM AND PHILANTHROPY IN GILDED AGE AND PROGRESSIVE AMERICA, was published in 2006.

Dr. Crocker received undergraduate and M.A. degrees at St. Anne's College in Oxford, England and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University.

Wayne Flynt, author of 11 books, including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated POOR BUT PROUD:ALABAMA'S POOR WHITES, will speak on Harper Lee's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD on February 12. His most recent book, ALABAMA IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, was awrded the 2004 Anne B. and James B. McMillan Prize. His books have won many awards, some multiple times, including: the Lillian Smith Award for Non-Fiction, the Alabama Library Association Award for Non-Fiction, Outstanding Academic Book from the American Library Association, and the James F. Sulzby, Jr. Book Award. He is co-author of ALABAMA: A HISTORY OF A DEEP SOUTH STATE which was also nominted for a Pulitizer Prize. Currently he is Editor-in-Chief of the new online ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ALABAMA.

Flynt has lectured at universites across America as well as Cambridge University, the University of Sussex, Queen's University (northern Ireland), University of Vienna, Universtiy of Szechuan, China, in the Netherlands, Denmark, at a number of universities in India, and was research scholar for a semester at Hong Kong Baptist University. He also served as Eudora Welty Visiting Scholar of Southern Studies at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.

Then, to give the program a real change of pace, Rick Humphrey, a 14-year veteran in the motorsports industry and the current president of the Talladega Superspeedway will be the featured speaker at the February 28 program. In addition to his duties at the Talladega Superspeedway, Humphrey serves as Executive Director of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, is a member of the Alabama Sports Foundation Board, the Antique Talladega Board, the Alabama Travel Council Board, the American Red Cross Board, the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind Foundation Board and the Talladega/Texaco Walk of Fame Board.

From 1994 to 1996, Humphrey worked in the NASCAR series sponsor R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company's Sports Marketing Enterprises as an assistant manager. While there he assisted with consumer events and promotions. During his tenure he also assisted with the media relations efforts for the company's NHRA, AMA, and hydroplane teams, as wellas its NASCAR programs. Prior to joining R.J. Reynolds, Humphrey served as a NASCAR public relations representative for Camp and Associates in Concord, N.C. He worked with the McDonald's Racing Team and drivers Jimmy Spencer and Hut Stricklin from 1993 - 1994 .

These are examples of the outstanding programs for adults which are being scheduled by the Chambers County Library for 2008. Be sure to mark your calendars for all three. Each program begins with a free sandwich and drink served at 11:30 a.m. and the featured speaker begins at 12:00 noon. You may register for all 3 programs the first week of January by calling 768-2161. If you don't want a free lunch you don't have to register. Just show up.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

LaFayette's New Computer Policy Working

Miss Monica and Miss Betty are happy to report that our computers are now being used more and more for homework and job-related projects from 3-5 in the afternoon. The atmosphere has changed from My Space frenzy to serious study. Several patrons have commented on the improvement resulting from the change in policy. Today both of us were happily kept busy helping find information on nursing careers, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, song lyrics for a choral class, college application information, and more. If you have not visited the library recently in the afternoon, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Come take advantage of the technology and other resources available here with library staff eager to help!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

LaFayette Library- Free Holiday Pack for kids

Looking for the perfect gift for a child this season? A library card is the gift that keeps on giving. A library card provides access to more than just books. A library card opens the door to year-round entertainment and a wealth of information.

Beginning December 3, parents who get a first library card for their child will receive a free holiday pack. Each holiday pack includes a Chambers County Library card and other holiday treats in a festive gift bag. They make great stocking stuffers and are absolutely free! Help build a community of readers - let your children check out books using their own library cards.

This offer is available at LaFayette Library only. Parents who do not have valid library cards must show a picture I.D. and proof of current address. Offer ends December 20.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Joy of the Holiday Season Contest Guidelines

You are invited to join our celebration this holiday season by participating in our annual art, poster and short story contest for students, preschool – grade 12. Students are invited to write stories, create original art, and design posters that celebrate the holiday season. We appreciate students, parents, and teachers taking time to participate in this annual event. This is one of our favorite contests to sponsor at the library. We look forward to reading your stories and seeing your art and posters. Listed below are the guidelines for the contest. If you have questions please contact Tabitha Truitt or Kati Behrens at Bradshaw Library at 768-2161 or Betty Barrett or Monica Barber at LaFayette Pilot Public Library at 864-0012.

Guidelines for Writing Contest
1. Stories should be typed or written in black ink. *Hint: If someone other than the author edits the story, please leave it as close to what the author intended. The original version must be submitted along with the edited version.

2. Stories should be neat in appearance. Stories with more than one page should be stapled or in a folder to prevent loss. Entries should have a cover sheet that includes: title of the story, student’s name, grade, teacher’s name, school, home phone number. Students are encouraged to illustrate their stories, but illustrations will not influence final judging.

3. Classes are encouraged to participate. If this is not a class assignment, individuals may submit their own entries. Teachers, please share the guidelines with interested students.

4. Although there isn’t a certain length for the stories, the entries should be well developed with recognizable characters and plot. **Hint: It usually requires more than one or two paragraphs to fully develop a story.

5. Please remind students that short stories are works of fiction and should not be written as essays.

6. Although stories can be inspired from actual events, they should not be a retelling of that event.

7. Stories should be written by individuals, not in groups or as a class.

8. The contest will be November 12 - December 11. All entries must be delivered to the library by 6:00pm on Tuesday, December 11. Pickup will not be available.

9. Awards will be presented on Tuesday, December 18 at 4:00pm at Bradshaw. LaFayette awards will be announced.

Poster Contest and Art Contest
Participants should create posters or art that depict “the joy of the holiday season.” Any medium may be used to illustrate the posters and art. For example, pictures from magazines may be used, paint, glitter, crayons or items from nature. Be creative. Adults may help, but please let the children create their own posters and art. **Hint: Judges especially enjoy posters and art that come from the child’s own hand. So, try not to help too much. Below are the guidelines.

Guidelines for Christmas Poster and Art Contest
1. The poster contest is for Preschool – grade 12. The art contest is for grades
2 - 12.

2. Entries in the poster category will be divided into two groups: individual and class or family.

3. Posters should be at least 11 x17. Art should be at least 81/2 x 11. The theme should appear at the top.

4. Entries may be submitted until 6:00 on Tuesday, December 11. Posters and art received early will be displayed at the library until Awards Day.

5. On the back of the posters and art, please put the child’s name, family name or class name, grade, teacher, school and home phone number. Groups submitting an entry should include a list each child’s name who helped with the project.

6. Awards will be presented Tuesday, December 18, at 4:00pm at Bradshaw. LaFayette Awards will be announced.

7. All entries should be picked up by Friday, December 28.
After this date they will be discarded.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Library Travelers Trip to Montgomery

Visiting the Governor's mansion beautifully adorned with Christmas decorations will be the highlight of the Chambers County Library Travelers visit to Montgomery on December 6.

In addition to visiting the mansion, the group will have the opportunity to visit Old Town Alabama, the State Capitol (also adorned with Christmas decorations), the Hank Williams Museum, the Montgomery Museum of Art and a host of other tourist attractions.

Seats are still available for the trip and the cost is $15 per seat.

The chartered bus will leave the Valley Recreation Complex parking lot at 9:00 a.m. and return about 6:30 p.m. Please call the Bradshaw Library at 768-2161 if additional information is needed.

Friday, November 16, 2007

December 6 Trip to Montgomery Schedule

It will be a busy day for those who take the December 6 trip to Montgomery with the Chambers County Library Travelers.

The chartered bus will depart the Bradshaw Library at 9:00 a.m. EST on the 6th and arrive at the Montgomery Museum of Art at 10:30 a.m. EST for a one hour tour of the facility. After visting the museum, the travelers will have 3 hours of free time to see such sites as the Montgomery Historic District, the Hank Williams Museum, Old Alabama Town, the First White House of the Confederacy, the Rosa Parks Library and Museum and the Alabama State Capitol. The travelers will conclude the trip with a guided tour of the Governor's Mansion, which will be decked out in Christmas decorations, from 4:00p.m. until 5:00 p.m. EST. At the conclusion of the tour the bus will return to the Bradshaw Library arriving about 6:30 p.m. EST.

There are still a few seats available for the trip. Those who intend to take advantage of this special opportunity should drop by the Bradshaw Library as soon as possible to pay the $15 registration fee which includes transportation and the guided tour of the Montgomery Museum of Art. Any additional expenses , lunch, etc., must be picked up by each individual traveler.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

New Patron Computer Regulation at LaFayette Pilot Public Library

Beginning Monday, November 19, 2008, patron-access computers in the LaFayette Pilot Public Library will be reserved for school- and/or work-related projects from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Historic Montgomery/Governor's Mansion Trip

The next Chambers County Library Travelers trip will be to Montgomery on December 6. Travelers will have the opportunity to visit numerous historic sites including the Hank Williams Museum, the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, Old Alabama Town, the Alabama Judicial Building, the Alabama State Capitol, the First White House of the Confederacy and the Civil Rights Museum. The trip will end with an escorted tour of the Governor's Mansion. There will be no fee charged for the tour.

The group will utilize trollies provided by the Montromery Area Visitor Center beginning and ending at the Historic Union Station. An all day pass wil cost only 50 cents. Riders may leave the trolley at any of the 27 sites they will see, spend as much time as they would like and reboard at no additional cost.

Cost for the trip is $12 which covers transportaion to and from Montgomery. Cost for riding the trollies, food, etc is not included.

Registration is now underway and must be done in person at the Bradshaw Library. No telephone registration. There will be a limit of 47 travelers registered and all seats will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Call the library at 768-2161 if additional information is needed.

Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain Lunch and Learn

Who was Mark Twain? Was he simply an extension of Samuel Clemens' personality or was he just a character dreamed up by Clemens to serve as a facade for his fantasies? Whatever the case, Twain remains one of the world's most popular and widely-read authors.

The Chambers County Library has designated the week of November 26-30 as MARK TWAIN WEEK which will feature a presentation by Ellen Langford, one of the area's most well-known resources, on Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain, at the H. Grady Bradshaw Library's Lunch and Learn program on the 29th. She will devote much of her presentation to the "real Samuel Clemens".

A graduate of the University of Alabama majoring in speech , drama and English, Langford also studied at the University of Texas in El Paso and the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She completed her graduate work at the University of North Alabama in Florence. Currently a resident of Auburn, she served as a teacher in the public schools of Alabama for 30 years specializing in student debate teams that travelled all over the United States including Harvard Universtiy, Chicago, California, Indiana, St. Louis, Colorado, Florida and Oklahoma. And, in a majority of cases, her teams finished in the upper echelon. In addition to her high school teaching experience, she has taught 3 courses on Samuel Clements/MarkTwain at the Auburn University Academy of Lifelong Learning.

In making the announcement of Langford's appearance, John Tidwell, Coordinator of Adult Activities of the Bradshaw Library, stated that "Ellen loves Samuel Clemens and will feaure comments about his little-known personal life and his greatest work, "The Adventures of Hucklberry Finn". We're fortunate to have her make this presentation. We've had some great ones in the past and hers will fall right in line with that group. Time will be left for questions and answers at the conclusion of her talk".

Call 768-2161 now to register for a free lunch which will be served shortly before Langford's presentation at noon. Those who do not wish to have lunch just have to show up. A large crowd is expected so sign up early!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Military Supply Drive

The Chambers County Library Teen Advisory Board is hosting a military supply drive to support the troops overseas. Items needed include: tissue, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, sunscreen, men and women's shaving cream, writing tablets, pens, puzzle books, and disposable razors.

Items may be dropped off at Bradshaw or LaFayette Libraries from now until November 10.

If you do not have the time to shop, we will gladly accept cash donations and shop for you.

For more information call Kati at Bradshaw Library at (334) 768-2161.

--- Kati Behrens, Youth Program Coordinator

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance Course

"This course has enhanced my appreciation of great art". - Shirley Davis

"As an artist I have learrned how to use color to a greater degree". - Barbara Johnson

"I enjoy Professor (William) Kloss' explanation of detail in form and color". - Ann Davis

"We are fortunate that Bradshaw Library is offering courses of this calibre". - Florine Henderson

These are some of the comments expressed by those who attend weekly sessions of " Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance" in the H. Grady Bradshaw Library which are presented by Professor William Kloss, Independent Art Historian of the Smithsonian Institution. Each session is held on Wednesday from noon until about 1:30 p.m. There is no fee.

Topics already presented by Professor Kloss include Italy and the Renaissance, Brunelleschi and Ghilberti in Florence, Donatello and Luca della Robbia Masaccio, Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi and, Donatello and Padua.
Although 5 of the 11 scheduled sessions have already been held, anyone wishing to attend the last 6 should call John Tidwell, Adult Programs Coordinator, 334-768-2161 to register.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Lunch N Learn -- Legendary Tombstones Where the Dead Speak

Dr. Alan Brown will share the story behind twelve legendary gravestones that reflect the history, values and folk beliefs of 19th and 20th century Alabama on Thursday, October 25 at noon at Bradshaw Library in Valley. The companion exhibit to Dr. Brown's program will be on display at Bradshaw Library beginning October 22.

Dr. Brown is a professor of English at the University of West Alabama. He has published and lectured extensively in the field of American Literature.

There is no cost to attend the program, but participants who would like to enjoy the free lunch provided by the library before the program should call and make reservations by Tuesday, October 23. Lunch will be served at 11:30 am EST. The program will begin at 12 pm EST.

---Mary Hamilton, Library Director

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Lunch N Learn -- Converting Sawgrass to Ethanol!

In his 2007 State of the Union address President George W. Bush advised that in the not-too-distant future cars and trucks would be powered by ethanol which was converted from sawgrass, a common grass found in the South and Southwest. President Bush's chief source of informatin on this subject was Dr. David Bransby, a Professor of Energy Crops and Bioenergy in the College of Agriculture at Auburn University . Dr. Bransby will be the featured speaker at the next Lunch and Learn program at the H. Grady Bradshaw Library on October 30 and a large crowd is expected.

Dr. Bransby has over 20 years of experience in the field of bioenergy and is a national leader in research on switchgrass. He has an international reputation for his work at Auburn. Author or co-author of over 300 technical publications, Dr. Bransby has attracted over $7 million in grant money to fund his research. He has been involved in both small and commercial scale projects, serves on the editorial boards of two international bioenergy journals and acts as a consultant for several private companies in the emerging cellulosic biofuel induestry.

John Tidwell, Adult Programs Coordinator for the Chambers County Library stated that "we are very fortunate to have the nation's number one source of information on the conversion of sawgrass and like materials to ethanol as our guest speaker. I was very pleased at how quickly he agreed to visit us . We are, of course, counting on a large turnout."

Registration is now underway for those who wish to enjoy a free lunch by calling the library 334-768-2161. Those who plan to attend without having lunch don't have to register, just show up. Lunch will be served at 11:30 and Dr. Bransby will begin speaking at 12:00 noon.

Library Travelers Trip to Birmingham Museum of Art

There are still a few seats available for the Chambers County Library Travelers October 23 trip to see the POMPEII: TALES FROM AN ERUPTION exhibit at the Birmigham Museum of Art.

This exhibit is the largest collection of artifacts from Pompeii and environs to ever leave Italy and Birmingham is the only city in the southeast to host this landmark exhibition of nearly 500 objects - many of which have never left Italy - that offers a rare glimpse into life in the ancient world. Body casts, life-size marble statues, beautiful room-size frescoes, bronzes, mosaics, precious jewelry, table silver and gladiatorial armor tell the story of a highly sophisticated people as they tried to escape the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79AD. How they lived and died unfolds in what they carried with them and what they left behind.

The group will have a private guide throuhgout the tour which will begin at 1:00 p.m. CST. Lunch will be available in the museum prior to the tour's beginning.

Those interested in making the trip should call the Bradshaw Library at 334-768-2161 if more information is needed. Registration must be made in person and not by telephone. Only a few seats are available and they will be filled on a first come first served basis. The bus will leave the library parking lot at 8:00 a.m and return about 5:00 or 6:00 p.m. Cost is $25 per person which includes transportation and admission.

--- John Tidwell, Adult Program Coordinator

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Sister Wendy

Sister Wendy receives two thumbs up!

The LaFayette Library has completed its exciting 8-part Lunch N Learn series, "The Beauty of Art". The series, featuring Sister Wendy Beckett, was an educational, entertaining odyssey through famous art through the ages. Sister Wendy, with a unique sense of humor, shared insight into the origin and history of many beautiful European works of art.

Thanks to every patron who participated. We had a blast, didn't we?

If you missed this event, keep an eye out for more adult programming coming to the LaFayette Library in November.

-- Monica Barber, Outreach Branch Manager

Library Travelers to Visit Pompeii Exhibit

The Chambers County Library Travelers will be visiting the "Pompeii: Tales from an Eruption" exhibit at the Birmingham Museum of Art on October 23, 2007.

The cost is $25 which includes transportation and admission to the Museum. Lunch is on your own in the Museum cafeteria.

Seats will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Registration must be completed in person at the Bradshaw Library.

The bus will leave from the new parking lot addition at the Bradshaw Library at 8 am and return by 7:00 pm.

For more information, please contact the library.

--- John Tidwell, Adult Programming Coordinator

New Online Library Catalog

The new Online Library Catalog is now available for searching at home. To place holds and renew items online, please stop by the library with your library card to receive a PIN number.

New Arrivals and Reading Lists
The new
Online Library Catalog allows us to create lists of popular or recommended titles. We will be creating lists as time permits. Currently, you can view a list of our New Arrivals and Christian Fiction titles available at Bradshaw and LaFayette Libraries.

If you see a title you like, you can Reserve the Item with your library username and PIN number. We will call you when the item is ready for you to pick up.

For more information, please contact the Chambers County Library.

-- Mary Hamilton, Library Director