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.