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