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 maryhamilton@chamberscountylibrary.org.

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 tabithatruitt@chamberscountylibrary.org.