Friday, December 19, 2008

Home Schooler's Workshop

Home schooled children ages 8 to 12 are invited to attend the first of five library workshops held at the LaFayette Library. The workshop will teach library and research skills. Workshop #1:“What’s in our Library” will begin at 3:00 pm on Thursday, January 29. This one hour workshop is limited to 10 students. Please call 864-0012 to register.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Woodcraft Lunch N Learn at LaFayette Library

Lunch N Learn at the LaFayette Library will be held on Thursday, November 20 at 12 noon. Mr. Leroy Jones will speak about and demonstrate his wonderful Woodcrafting skills. This free session includes lunch, so registration is required. Call 864-0012 today to reserve a space.

Monday, November 10, 2008

2008 "Joy of the Holiday Season" Art, Poster, and Writing Contest

2008 Joy of the Holiday Season

Youth from preschool to grade 12 are invited to participate in Joy of the Holiday Season the annual art, poster and short story contest at Chambers County Library. 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.

All entries must be submitted by December 5. Guidelines are printed below. Individuals, groups and classes are welcome to participate.

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: Writing Contest

1. Stories should be typed or written in black ink. *Hint: When editing the story, please leave it as close to what the author intended. You should submit the original version 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 10 - December 5. All entries must be delivered to the library by 6:00pm on Friday, December 5. Pickup will not be available.

9. Awards will be presented during a special holiday party on Thursday, December 18 at 4:00pm(ET) at Bradshaw and 3:30 p.m.(CT) at LaFayette.
Guidelines: Christmas Poster 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.

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 size 11 x 17. Art should be at least size 8½ x 11. The theme of the poster should appear at the top.

4. Entries may be submitted until 6:00 on Friday, December 5. Posters and art received early will be displayed at the library until Awards Day.

5. Please put the child’s name, family name or class name, grade, teacher, school and home phone # on the back of the posters and art. Groups who submit an entry should include a list of each child’s name that helped with the project.

6. Awards will be presented during a special holiday party on Thursday, December 18 at 4:00pm(ET) at Bradshaw Library and 3:30 p.m.(CT) at LaFayette Library.

7. All entries should be picked up by December 30. After this date all entries will be discarded.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Tai Chi for Arthiritis at LaFayette Library

LaFayette Library will offer a class in Tai Chi for Arthritis each Monday and Wednesday, beginning September 29. Jan Rose Stewart, M.S. in Wellness Management & Exercise Science, will teach the basics of this martial art. Ms. Stewart will be using a program created by Dr. Paul Lam of Australia and adapted by the Arthritis Foundation of U.S.A.

The fee for the six-week session is $30.00. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Each class begins at 10:00 am and lasts one hour.

Call Betty or Monica at 864-0012 to register for the class. Registration ends on September 26.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Tai Chi at LaFayette Library

The topic of the next Lunch and Learn program at LaFayette Library will be the ancient art of Tai Chi as adapted for arthritis and stress relief. Originating in ancient China, Tai Chi is an eminent form of martial art. Millions of people world-wide now practice it as an effective exercise for healthy mind and body. Jan Stewart will share information and give a demonstration.

Tai Chi is gentle, focusing on fluid, circular movements that are relaxed and slow in tempo. If you have difficulty standing, Tai Chi can be done sitting in a chair. The basics are safe and easy to learn, and many have found relief from symptoms of arthritis and other chronic ailments within a short time.

Health Benefits associated with Tai Chi include: increased flexibility and muscle strength, improved body posture and balance, integration of body, mind, and spirit, increased flow of energy, and an improved quality of life

Jan Rose Stewart, M.S. in Wellness Management & Exercise Science, has been teaching mind/body disciplines for over thirty years. She is certified in Yoga, Tai Chi, and personal training.

Anyone, regardless of age or physical ability, can practice Tai Chi.

For more information, come to Lunch and Learn on Thursday, August 28, at 12:00 noon. Lunch will be served. Please call LaFayette Library at 864-0012 to register.

From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism

An 11 week brownbag course, "From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism", will be held in the H. Grady Bradshaw Library each Wednesday beginning September 3 at noon . Professor Richard Brettell, of the University of Texas at Dallas, an internationally recognized authority on impressionism, will be the featured presenter on a 2 set DVD series provided by the Teaching Company's, The Great Courses..

A major focus of the course will be on the key painters of the Impressionist Movement: Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Paul Cezanne, Berthe Morisot, Gustave Caillebotte, Mary Cassat and Edgar Degas. Participants will also look at those artists whose work came out of the Movement: Paul Gaugin, Vincent van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Latrec and the Nabis.

The careers of many of the artist will be discussed from their early exposure to art, their teachers, travels and later stylistic influences.

Two of the prominent Impressionist painters were women: Berthe Morisot and Maray Cassatt. Both will be discussed in their own right, first as artists and also as women - a fact which affected their approach to painting. Their presence in the Impressionist group added much to its reputation as a thoroughly modern movement.

Those who wish to register for the course may call the library at 768-2161. There is no charge.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Dirt on Soap at LaFayette Library July24

So What is the Dirt on Soap? Soap is soap, right? Wrong! All soaps are not alike. The LaFayette Library will welcome Sandra McLeroy, the Soap Lady, on July 24 for Lunch and Learn. This program provides information on how soap is made, which ingredients are best for the skin and the difference between milled soaps and cold-processed soaps. Learn how to pamper your skin. Come to the LaFayette Library on July 24 at 12 pm to have some good clean fun. Lunch is provided. Call 864-0012 to reserve your lunch.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Warriors of Middle Ages to Perform at Bradshaw Library

Practically any child can tell you of the famous Knights of the Round Table and most will learn of the exploits of King Richard and the great crusaders; however, the formal training that led to the glory of these armored heroes remains largely overlooked today. A solution to this problem is on the horizon. With the cooperation of The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., an exhibition of how knights trained and battled will be held on the grounds of the H. Grady Bradshaw Library from one until four p.m. on August 23. There will be no charge for the event which be open for all ages and no registration is required.

In addition to armored fighters, calligraphers, costumers, dancers, fencers, heralds, etc. will be featured. Spectators will be allowed to mingle with the performers who will all be dressed in garb of the Middle Ages.

Drawn together by their common interest and enthusiasm for not just medieval history, but the most intricate workings of daily life in the millennium between the 6th and 16th centuries, members of the SCA find immense joy in reviving centuries of arts and crafts. Members of the organization, both men and women, create and wear armor made as authentically as possible to emulate the mail, boiled leather and plate steel used between the 10th and 15th centuries, and wield swords, spears, and axes made of rattan to simulate the balance and handling of the original weapons, without the lethal qualities.

Before being allowed to participate in this grand tradition, modern-day SCA combatants go through a rigorous training regimen and safety authorization process. Their equipment is inspected before the start of every event and they must maintain their skills through regular attendance at combat practices.

Be sure to mark the date on your calendar for the event. Bring the kids! They'll love it!


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Prince Madoc and the Welsh Indian Tribe

An exciting Lunch and Learn program is scheduled for the H. Grady Bradshaw Library on July 24. Dr. Ronald Fritze, Dean and Professsor of History at Athens (Alabama) State University will give a presentation on Prince Madoc of Wales (England) and a legendary Welsh Indian tribe. History reportedly has it that Madoc not only visited America in 1170 but also that he and his followers assimilated into an Indian tribe in the area of the upper Missouri River. This tribe fuelled tales of fair-haired Indians, living in round huts and using round coracle-like boats, both of which were common in Wales but unheard of in America at the time. They also spoke a language similar to Welsh.

Prince Madoc and his brother, Regyd, sailed two ships from Wales in 1169 and landed in Mobile Bay, Alabama 322 years before Columbus is supposed to have discovered America! They liked the country so much that one of the ships returned to Wales to collect more adventurers. Ten small ships sailed in the bay in 1170 and proceeded up the great river systems, including the Coosa and Alabama, settling initially in the Georgia/Tennessee/Kentucky area where they built stone forts. They warred with the local Indian tribe, the Cherokees and after being defeated, departed the area never to return. Survivors of the conflict eventually sailed up the Missouri River and settled and integrated with a powerful tribe living on the banks of the Missouri called Mandans.

Is this a true story? Is it true that the first Europeans to visit America landed in Alabama? Is there really a blue-eyed, fair-haired tribe of Indians existing in America? Come and listen to Dr. Fritze and find out! Call the library at 334-768-2161 to register for the program today. A free lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and Dr. Fritze's presentation will begin at noon. This promises to be one of the most popular Lunch and Learn programs presented by the Chambers County Library this year. A big turnout is anticipated.

Arrangements for the presentation have been made with the cooperation of the Alabama Humanities Foundation's Road Scholars program.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Possible Madison, Georgia Christmas Trip

Madison, Georgia, known as one of the most beautiful cities between Charleston, South Carolina and New Orleans, Louisiana, was spared by General William T. Sherman when he burned much of Georgia on his route to Savannah during the Civil War.

December 5 and December 6, the Morgan County, Georgia, Historical Sociery will present a "Holiday Tour of Historic Ante-bellum Homes" in Madison complete with Christmas indoor and outdoor decorations. This is always a beautiful event! If there is enough local interest, the library will schedule a trip to Madison on one of the two dates.

The tour of homes will begin at 5:00 p.m and conclude about 9:00 p.m. We will leave the Bradshaw Library parking lot at about 1:00 p.m., travel to Madison, rest up a bit and then take the tour. Afterwards, we will leave Madison at 9:00 p.m. and return to the library about midnight.

Cost for the trip will be approximately $35 and will include transportation and tickets for the tour. Participants may take their own food but numerous restaurants in the tour area will be open.




Friday, May 23, 2008

Library Travelers to visit Atlanta Cyclorama and Zoo

The Chambers County Library Travelers will visit the Atlanta Cyclorama and Zoo on June 24. Cost for the trip, which is non-refundable and for adults only, is $35. The fee covers transportation and tickets to the Zoo and Cyclorama. Food services are available at the Zoo and individual or group picnic lunches are permissable. Registration is now underway and must be done in person. Telephone registration will not be permitted. A 49 passenger bus will be used and seats will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Among the Zoo's most notable holdings are three giant pandas, Lun Lun, Yang Yang, and Mei Lan, on loan from China's Chengdu Zoo until 2009. Lun Lun gave birth to Mei Lan on September 6, 2006 after being the focus of a captive-breeding program for seven years.

The $4.5 million Ford African Rain Forest habitat is home to 24 western lowland gorillas, one of the two largest collections of the species in North America. Recently, one of the gorillas gave birth to twins, a very rare occurence among gorillas in general and extremely rare in captive ones.

Nowhere can the true drama of the Civil War battle of Atlanta be more appreciated than at the Cyclorama. Visitors step back to July 22, 1864 and experience the Battle of Atlanta. The heroism of soldiers fighting bravely for causes they believed in is brilliantly portrayed as the painting, foreground figures, music and narratives are combined.

The Cyclorama has been on display in Atlanta since 1893 and is the longest running show in the United States.

This is your opportunity to visit two of the South's most well-known attractions. Register today! The bus will leave the Bradshaw Library parking lot on the 24th at 8:00 a.m. and return about 6:00 p.m. Additional information may be obtained by calling the library at 334-768-2161.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Rheta Grimsley Johnson to Appear at Next Lunch N Learn

Rheta Grimsley Johnson, nationally known reporter and columnist, will be the featured speaker at the H. Grady Bradshaw Library's June 12 Lunch and Learn program. She will review her latest book, Poor Man's Provence: Finding Myself in Cajun Louisiana.

Having covered the South for over three decades as a newspaper reporter and columnist, Johnson's reporting has won numerous awards including the Ernie Pyle Memorial Award for human interest reporting, 1983; the Headliner Award for commentary, 1985; and the American Society of Newspaper Editors' Distinguished Writing Award for commentary, 1982.

In 1986 Johnson was inducted into the Scripps Howard Newspapers Editorial Hall of Fame and in 1991 she was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Syndicated today by King Features, her column appears in about 50 papers nationwide. She is the author of several books, including America's Faces and Good Grief: The Story of Charles M. Schulz.

For more than a decade, the nationally syndicated columnist spent several months a year in southwest Louisiana, deep in the heart of Cajun country. Unlike many writers who have spent only a few days there, Rheta fell in love with the place, bought a second home and set in planting azaleas and deep roots. She wrote her latest novel based on her exciting experiences in the area. It's a book that is both a personal odyssey and good reporting, travelogue and memoir, funny and frank. Its setting is as exotic as it gets without a passport!

These days, much is labeled Cajun that is not, and the popularity of the unque culture's food, songs and dance has been a mixed blessing. The revival of French Louisiana's traditional music and cuisine often has been cheapend by counterfeits. Confused pilgrims sometimes look to New Orleans for a sampler planner of all things Cajun. Close, but no cigar. Poor Man's Provence defines what's what through lively characters and stories. Rheta shares what keeps her coming home to French Louisiana in anecdotes that are as crisply-written as they are tellingly true.

Mary Hamilton, Director of Chambers County Libraries, in announcing Johnson's impending visit, stated "We are indeed fortunate to have Rheta Grimsley Johnson to make this presentation. All of us are looking forward to hearing her review her latest book and we've been told it's her best . "

Call the Bradshaw Library at 768-2161 to regsiter for a free lunch which will be served at 11:30 a.m. Johnson's presentation will begin at noon. At the conclusion of her presentation she will be available to sell and autograph copies of her book.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Patron Appreciation Breakfast

On Monday, April 14, the library staff prepared a breakfast of pancakes and sausage for more than 50 patrons. The Patron Appreciation Breakfast was the first special program to celebrate National Library Week. To view other photos of the breakfast, please visit the Patron Appreciation Photo Album. Pictured here are Cathy Wright, Circulation Manager, and library patrons, Bob and Jane Angus.

For National Library Week, the Library Annex will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Annex is located directly across the parking lot from the library main entrance. Most books range in price from $.25 to $1.00. All money raised will be donated to the Chambers County Relay for Life."

The Magic of Reading," a magic show performed by Russell Davis of Huntsville, AL, will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Bradshaw Library. Russell will also present his program on Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the LaFayette Pilot Public Library. Everyone is welcome and registration is not required.

Other special programs include a DVD educational series titled "The Genius of Michelangelo"which will be presented on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Please call the library at (334)768-2161 by Tuesday at 5 p.m. to reserve your lunch.

U.S. Air Force pilot, Captain Jamey Wright, will speak during our Lunch N Learn on Thursday at noon. Wright piloted a KC-10 refueling plan in Iraq. You may register online for this program by visiting the library's website at, and click on the calendar link.

National Library Week is also Free Fine Weekat Chambers County Library. Please look for any overdue library materials that may have fallen behind the couch or might be hidden in the closet.For additional information about library programs, call the library at (334) 768-2161 or visit the library website at Click on the calendar link for upcoming programs.
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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Captain Jamey Wright to Speak at Library Lunch and Learn

Did you ever wonder how it would feel to fly a 53,000 gallon jet fuel tanker around the world to "fill up" jet bombers from a height of 3 to 5 miles? How can this monster, which is longer than a football field and over five stories high, take off and stay airborne? Staggering and scarey, isn't it?

These questions, and many more, will be answered at the April 17 Bradshaw Library Lunch and Learn program which will feature a presentation by Captain Jamey Wright, a Shawmut native who was recently separated from Air Force active duty after flying numerous missions in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.

In August of 1999, Wright, the son of Jack and Cathy Wright, received his United States Air Force Commission on the day he was graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Aviation Management. In April of 2001, he was graduated from the Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training program at Columbus AFB, Ms. Afterwards he flew KC-10 Extenders from McGuire AFB, NJ and Travis Air Force Base, CA. globally while supporting ongoing missions in Afgahanistan and Iraq. The KC-10 is 590,000 pounds of muscle which provides global reach for the United States Air Force. Taking off with 53,000 gallons of fuel and 170,000 pounds of cargo, this aircraft enables worldwide presence in less than 24 hours.

In September of 2007, Captain Wright separated from Air Force active duty and is now a pilot for UPS where he flies MD-11s worldwide. He is a member of the Air Force Reserves at Dobbins AFB in Atlanta where he continues to fly KC-10s.

Captain Wright, his wife Jennifer and sons , Fischer and Parker, reside in LaGrange.

Registration is now underway for this exciting presentation and a large crowd is expected. If you want to make sure you have a free lunch and a place to sit, call the Bradshaw Library today at 334- 768-2161. Lunches will be served at 11:30 and the presentation will begin at noon.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Library Travelers to Visit Atlanta Aquarium and Coca Cola Museum

Since the trip to the Atlanta Aquarium and the Coca Cola Museum was so popular earlier this month, another one has been scheduled for May 2.

Forty-eight seats are available on a chartered bus and will be filled on a first come first served basis. Cost for the trip is $47 which includes transportation and admission to the aquarium and museum. Travelers will lunch on their own. Food is available in the aquarium.

The bus will leave the Bradshaw Library at 8:00 a.m. and return before 6:00 p.m. on the scheduled date.

Those who wish to make the trip should come by the Bradshaw Library during its regular hours of operation and register. Don't delay. The bus will fill up in a hurry. Telephone registration will not be permitted and the registration fee is non-refundable. The library telephone number is 334-768-2161

This is another quality program for adults offered by the Chambers County Library. Additional trips are being scheduled.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Online Request Form Now Available

Patrons can now request materials using an online submission form. The library staff will make every effort to order the requested material. If the item is not available, we will contact you via phone or email if your contact information is included with the submission. Please include as much information about the requested item as you can.

The form is available on the Chambers County Library website under "Library Highlights" and from the bar at the top of the page.

Monday, March 17, 2008

LaFayette Pilot Library Anniversary

LaFayette Pilot Public Library celebrated 53 years of service in the LaFayette community on Friday, March 14. Patrons were invited to explore the history of the library beginning with the original Pilot Library that started in the county courthouse. News articles, pictures and other memoribilia traced the evolution of the Library to its present form. Patrons enjoyed refreshments and shared memories of the LaFayette Library.

Did you miss the fun...want to find out more? Visit the LaFayette Library today to view these historical artifacts.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Library Travelers to visit Andersonville Confederate Prison

The Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia was the most infamous installation of its kind during the American Civil War. Camp Sumter, it's official name, was a 26 1/2 acre facility which opened in February 1864. Designed to accommodate 10,000 prisoners, it was surrounded by at 15-foot-high stockade and the largest number of prisoners held at one time was 32,000. 13,000 died from malnutrition, a wide range of diseases, overcrowding, poor sanitation and exposure. The prison ceased to exist in May 1865. Captain Henry A. Wirz, commander of the facility, was arrested, tried, convicted and hanged at the end of the war.

In 1910 the site was donated to the people of the United States by the Woman's Relief Corps. It was administered by the War Department and its successor, the Department of the Army until it was designated as a national historic site. Since July 1, 1971, it has been administered by the National Park Service.

Utilizing a chartered bus, the Library Travelers will visit Andersonville on April 4, leaving the library parking lot at 8:00 a.m and returning about 5:00 pm. Fee for the trip is $17 and is non-refundable. Travelers will be encouraged to take a picnic lunch since no food will be available on the premises. A Park Ranger will conduct a guided tour throughout the area. When the tour is finished, each traveler will be free to wander about the entire site. There is no entry fee to the site. Registration is now underway at the Bradshaw and LaFayette libraries. Seats will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Telephone registration is not allowed.

This is another quality adult program offered by the Chambers County Library. Telephone number is 334-768-2161.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Threat of Agroterroism on American Food Supply

The Chambers County Libray will have a timely topic for its next Lunch and Learn program - the threat of agroterrorism on America's food supply.

Dr. Robert A. Norton, recipient of the 2004 FBI Director's Community Leadership Award for his work in the areas of infrastructure protection and national security related to agriculture and the food supply, will be the featured speaker at the March 20 Lunch and Learn program of the H. Grady Bradshaw Library. His topic will be "The Threat of Agroterroism on the American Food Supply". He will be accompanied by FBI Agent Steve McCraney.

A professor at Auburn University, Dr. Norton, a veterinary microbioligist by training, was educated at Southern Illinois University where he received his B. S. and M. S. and the University of Arkansas, where he received his PH.D. He served in the U. S. Army Chemical Corps and with the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Ft. Detrick, Maryland

Norton regularly conducts agricultural related intellingence briefings for law enforcement, intelligence and Congressional groups. In addition, he is a regular speaker at national and international scientific, intelligence and law enforcement meetings. He has frequently trained first responders in issues related to pandemic influenza and regularly conducts agricultural related intellingence briefings for law enforcement, intelligence and Congressional groups.

Registration for the presentation is now underway and may be done in person or by telephoning the library at 768-2161 during regular hours of operation. Registration is not required for those who do not wish to eat. They can just show up but whatever you do be sure to be at the library in plenty of time because a big crowd is expected for this "once in a lifetime" presentation. The free lunch will be served at 11:30 and Dr. Norton's presentation will begin at noon.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Cat in the Hat and Miss Chatt Visit the Library

Bradshaw Library will have two very special guests on Tuesday, March 4. Dr. Seuss’ mischievous Cat in the Hat and Miss Chattahoochee Valley, Mallory Hagen will join the library’s Read Across America Celebration.

The day’s festivities will begin with a visit from The Cat in the Hat at storytime on Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. for pictures and mischief. In the afternoon, the library will host a cake and coke party to officially welcome our special guests to the library.

Miss Chatt and the Cat will share stories and visit with library patrons from 3:00pm – 5:30pm. From 3:00pm – 3:45pm, children can make their own Cat in the Hat hat, while supplies last, with the library’s Teen Advisory Board. At 4:00pm, Miss Chatt and the Cat will share Dr. Seuss’ stories with the children.

The library will take free pictures for children who visit during this time. There will also be drawings for prizes. We hope the entire community will come out and welcome the The Cat in the Hat and Miss Chatt for their first official visit to Bradshaw Library.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Genius of Michelangelo Course at Bradshaw Library

With his career spanning the glories of Renaissance Florence and the discovery of a New World to the first stirrings of the Counter-Reformation, Michelangelo Buanarroti is one of the most recognized and well-documented artists of all time. Not only was he a painter and sculptor but an architect and poet as well.

Beginning February 27, the Bradshaw Library will conduct a 12 session "brownbag" study of Michelangelo as taught by Professor William E. Wallace, Washington University of St. Louis from 11:30 a.m. until 1:oo p.m. each Wednesday. Dr. Wallace is an internationally recognized authority on Michelangelo. He was one of a select group of scholars, curators and conservators from around the world invited to the Vatican to confer about the conservation of Michelangelo's frescos in the Sistine Chapel several years ago.

Among Michelangelo's works to be studied will be his world-famous PIETA, DAVID, MOSES and the SISTINE CHAPEL ceiling.

The course will be arranged as a chronological survey of Michelangelo's life, times and work. Each session will take up a significant aspect of the artist, as well as a consideration of his many famous and some lesser-known masterworks.

Participants are encouraged to bring their "brownbag" lunches with drinks furnished by the library. There is no fee but pre-registration is requested. Please call 768-2161 to register.

This is another of the many successful progams for adults being offered by the Chambers County Library.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Chambers County Library Travelers will visit the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca Cola in Atlanta on March 4 and registration is now underway. Seats on the chartered bus will be fillled first come, first served. No telephone registration will be allowed.

Cost for the trip which includes transportation and tickets to the Aquarium and The World of Coca Cola is $47 and is non-refundable.

Those intending to take the trip may register at the Bradshaw Library during regular hours of operation.

The bus will leave from the Bradshaw Library parking lot at 8:00 a.m. and return about 6:00 p.m. on the 4th.

If additional information is needed, please call the library at 334-768-2161.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

"To Kill a Mockingbird" Presentation

An unabridged recorded disc set, valued at one hundred dollars and performed by noted television and movie actress Sissy Spacek , will be given to some lucky patron at the H. Grady Bradshaw Library's February 12 Lunch and Learn program. Featured speaker for the event will be noted author and lecturer Wayne Flynt who will review Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" one of the most popular works ever written by a Southern author. Lee is a resident of Monroeville, Alabama.

Flynt, one of the country's leading authorities on Harper Lee, is active in a number of professional organizations, six of which have honored him with their highest awards for service. He has lectured in numerous colleges and universities across the United States as well as Europe and Asia and of his books have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His presentation at the library will begin at 12:00 noon.

Those who wish to enjoy a free lunch prior to the presentation should call the library at 768-2161 and register
no later than February 11.

Wayne Flynt, Noted Author to Speak at Lunch and Learn

Wayne Flynt, Editor-in Chief of the new Online Encyclopedia of Alabama, will be the featured speaker at the February 12 Lunch and Learn program of the H. Grady Bradshaw Library.

He is the author of eleven books, including the Pulitizer Prize-nominated Poor But Proud:Alabama's Poor Whites. His most recent book, Alabama in the Twentieth Century, was awarded the 2004 Anne B. and James B. Mcmillan Prize. Also, in 2004, his book, Dixie's Forgotten People: The South's Poor Whites was re-issued. 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 H. James F. Sulzby, Jr. Book Award. He is co-author of Alabama: A History of a Deep South State, which was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prise.

Flynt has been invited to lecture in universities across America as well as at Cambridge University, the University of Sussex, Queens University (northern Ireland), University of Vienna, University 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 a semester as Eudora Welty Visiting Scholar of Southern Studies at Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi.

Flynt has actively devoted his life to bringing the issues of history and poverty and their social impact to the forefront of the public's consciousness. He was educated at Samford University (A.B., 1961) and Florida State University (M.S., 1962; and Ph.D., 1965).

His topic for the luncheon presentation will be "Harper Lee and 'To Kill A Mockingbird". Registration
is required only for those who wish to eat prior to Flynt's talk which will begin at 12:00 noon.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Library Hosts Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University

The H. Grady Bradshaw Library in Valley, Alabama is sponsoring the Financial Peace University (FPU) course of nationally syndicated radio talk-show personality and personal financial expert Dave Ramsey.

Ramsey’s radio program The Dave Ramsey Show has been on the air for fifteen years and can be heard on over 325 radio stations across the country with an average of 3 million weekly listeners. In addition, Ramsey has recently joined the Fox Business Network (FBN) as the host of a primetime nightly program, which airs on the local Charter Communications digital cable network.

Orientation and classes will be held at the H. Grady Bradshaw Library, 3419 20th Avenue in Valley on Saturday, January 19, 2008 from 10:00am EST to 11:00am EST. Participants will become educated about how to reduce debt, adopt a budget, gain control of their finances and learn new behaviors around money. Registration will also be accepted at this time for the class beginning on Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 3:00pm EST.

Orientation to and training in the 13 week course will be facilitated by the Valley’s own Valerie Smith, President/CEO of Affinity Financial Counseling in Auburn, AL, who is a Financial Peace certified counselor.

For additional information on the course, contact Mary Hamilton at the H. Grady Bradshaw Library at 334-768-2161 or via email at

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Chambers County Library Hosts APTV Workshop, Science Spectrum

Bradshaw Library will host “Science Spectrum” an Alabama Public TV Ready to Learn Workshop for educators, parents and caregivers on Thursday, January 17. Participants in this free workshop will examine the important role science plays in all areas of a young child’s development. Using hands-on activities, children’s books, and viewing clips from PBS Kids’ programs, participants will learn ways to help children make, enjoy, and value science as a source of expression and creativity, and as tool for growth in language/literacy development.

Ready to Learn services help to prepare children for success in school through the reach of Public Broadcasting. Using educationally sound PBS Kids Programs, with accompanying Web and print content, RTL provides support, resources, and trainings to parents, childcare providers, and early education teachers.

Morning and afternoon workshops are scheduled. Each participant will receive a set of children’s books and there will be drawings for door prizes. Sessions are limited, so registration is required by Tuesday, January 15. Please call the library at 334-768-2161 to register or email