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!