Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Library Line Dancing

If you missed the Library Line Dancing Elves at the library open house after the Valley wide Christmas Parade you missed a treat! We had spectators joining in for the fun. I have have many people since then ask about the class. We will resume Thursday, January 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the library. Come join the fun....it is great exercise.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Christmas Contest Guidelines

2009 Joy of the Holiday Season
Art, Poster and Writing Contest
Sponsored by Chambers County Library

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 Kati Behrens or Tabitha Truitt at Bradshaw Library at 334 768-2161 or Betty Barrett at LaFayette Pilot Public Library at 334-864-0012.

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 dates are November 9 - December 4. All entries must be
delivered to the library by 6:00 pm on Friday, December 4.

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.Please be sure to state if your entry is an art entry or poster entry.

4. Entries may be submitted until 6:00 on Friday, December 4. 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 first & last name, grade, teachers’ name, school and home phone #. Groups submitting an entry should include a list each child’s name that helped with the project.

6. All entries should be picked up by Tuesday, January 5. After this date
entries will be discarded.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Line Dancing at the Library

This is the third week of Line dancing here at the library. It is going very well! The first week we had 18 and last week we had 23. If you are even a little interested in learning the steps to line dancing I encourage you to join us. It is great exercise and lots of fun.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Read the Library Newsletter Online

Tabitha Truitt, Assistant Library Director, has been hard at work on the second issue of our library newsletter. To read the current issue of "New & Noteworthy at Chambers County Library," go to http://www.chamberscountylibrary.org/oct09news.pdf.

To register for progams at Bradshaw Library, please call (334) 768-2161. For programs offered at the LaFayette Pilot Public Library, please call (334) 864-0012.

Line Dancing

Line Dancing begins Thursday, October 15 @ 6:00. Come join us here at the library for fun and exercise with Bob Ward, our instructor. It's fun and it's FREE!
Just give us a call at 334-768-2161 to sign up.


Saturday, May 30, 2009

LaFayette Summer Library Programs

LaFayette Library Welcomes Summer

The Library welcomed Summer a little early this year. LaFayette Library entertained 112 children and parents on Saturday during the Summer Library Program Kick-off party. This year the theme, "Be Creative", was eveident in the new attractions offered during the two-hour celebration. Face painting drew a large crowd and the most popular requests were for Auburn and Alabama symbols. Also new to the party this year, were the Pony rides. The Slay family graciously brought several beautiful ponies and offered free rides to both the young, and the "not so young". The Butterfly Making table proved to be a truly creative addition to the Summer Kick-off this year. Children made butterflies from coffee filters and clothes pins. Of course, glitter and glue completed the beautiful crafts.

Children of all ages also delighted in the Giant slide, tossed rings for prizes in the Ring Toss game, and went "fishing" for prizes in the Fishin' Game. Popsicles were available to keep everyone cool during the outdoor fun. Inside the Library, children began to check out books to earn prizes and recognition in the Reading Program.

LaFayette Library will continue to offer fun, free summer programming through July. Highlights in the summer schedule include: Rick Rakestraw's Critter Junction, Aussie Jon, Learning Through Song, Create and Express Yourself Craft Day, field trips, and Jim Aycock's Mixed Up Music. Don't miss the fun. Summer schedules are now available.

Every Monday in June the Library will show movie classics for children as a part of the Monday Movie Madnessseries. Parents and children may come enjoy a great movie based on classic children's literature. Among the movies to be shown are: The Tales of Despereaux, Charlotte's Web, and Babe. The movies are free and a snack will be provided.

The library offers programs for teens and adults too. Every Tuesday in June the Library offers a teen only program. Movies, a Game Day, and a Teen Coffeehouse are scheduled for the Teen Summer program, Express Yourself. Teens may stop by the library to pick-up a summer schedule and learn about earning prizes by reading. Lunch N Learn, the noon-time Library series continues through July. On June 17, the Alabama Welcome Center will share information about little-known vacation spots right here in Alabama.

LaFayette Library offers services for everyone. Looking for something to do this summer? Attend an event, browse our collection, or just relax and read.
Stop by the library this summer and... Check it Out.

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Return of the Soap Lady

LaFayette has truly embraced Sandra McLeroy and her homemade soaps. Ms. McLeroy, a welcomed speaker at LaFayette Library, will return on May 21 for Lunch N Learn.
Sandra McLeroy began making homemade soap out of a need to manage her child’s eczema. She learned through study that real soap, made from lye, was actually less damaging to skin than many other factory-made cleansers.

Learn how Sandra makes soap, what she puts into every bar and how different ingredients produce varied results. Come to the LaFayette Library on May 21 at 12 pm to have some good clean fun. Lunch is provided. Call 864-0012 to reserve your lunch today.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Be Creative! Summer Library Programs

You are invited to Be Creative at the library this summer. The fun begins with our Kick-Off on Saturday, May 30, from 11 am to
1 pm. Enjoy a giant slide, pony rides, popcorn and games for free.

We will have exciting and fun programs every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in June. Watch a movie, make a craft, experience magicians,
musicians, comedians. Fiddlin’ Dan, the Mountain Man, Aussie John and his didgeridoo, critters and reptiles will be here, too! On Friday nights in July, join us for air-conditioned indoor movies. Field trips are part of the plan. All programs are free to attend and everyone is welcome.

We’ll end it all on July 24 for Awards Night.

Program schedules are available now at Bradshaw and LaFayette libraries.

Come join us for the fun!

Dr. Tranqui and Dr. Martin Present at Next Lunch N Learn

Two local surgeons, Dr. Phil Tranqui and Dr. Patrick Martin, will be the featured speakers at the special Lunch and Learn program of the Bradshaw Library scheduled for Friday, May 8. Both doctors will speak on the latest techniques in the practice of surgery and will answer questions from program participants after speaking.

Dr. Tranqui was bron in Canada and earned a 4-year Bachelor of Science Honors Degree in Biology followed by a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He earned his Medical Doctor degree at the University of Ottawa followed by a 5-year residency in General Surgery.

Dr. Tranqui opened his practice with Lanier Health Services in July, 2006.

Dr. Martin completed his undergraduate studies at Auburn University and his medical school degtree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He completed his residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi followed by specialty training in trauma/sports at St. John's Hospital in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He recently completed a joint reconstruction fellowship in Phoenix, Arizona in 2007.

In making the announcment of the program, Chambers County Library Director Mary Hamilton stated that "We are so proud to offer such a program to our community. I'm sure we will have a good crowd anxious to learn about surgical techniques. Both Dr. Tranqui and Dr. Martin are well-known throughout this area as very competent surgeons. We look forward to hearing them and appreciate their willingness to be with us."

Registration is now underway. Please call the library at 768-2161 to reserve a complimentary lunch which will be served at 11:30 a.m. Presentations will begin at noon with a question and answer period to follow.

Free Professional Puppet Performance

Bradshaw Library has announced the return performance of Atlanta Puppet Company.

Peter and Mary Ann Hart, master puppeteers, will be bringing their new show, "Animalympics," to the library. This free show will be presented on Thursday evening, May 7, at 6:30 p.m.

Peter Hart has long been regarded as one of the finest and most skillful professional puppeteers in the South. His exceptional talents have received praises from audiences at Walt Disney World / Epcot, the Georgia Governor's Mansion, Six Flags Over Georgia, Centennial Park, the 1996 Olympics and in Europe. He has performed as head puppeteer in over 70 different professional puppetry productions.

Mary Ann Hart, is a skilled professional performer whose talents include puppetry, mime, theatrical movement and circus arts. She is a certified instructor with the National Discipline Based Arts in Education Program (DBAE).

The Harts have also constructed and performed puppets for the Cartoon Network, Burger King, the Tourism Bureau of Quebec, Turner Broadcasting, the United Way, Coca Cola and other corporate clients.

As a special treat, following the show, audience members will be invited to make a puppet of their own to take home. Atlanta Puppet provides all the materials needed for this fun filled, hands-on craft activity.

Different colored heads and a variety of body shapes give young puppet makers an opportunity to express their creativity. In just minutes, a colorful creation can be made with no two puppets looking just alike.

Please note that although the evening is free, seating is limited, so it is necessary to call for reservations. The number is 334-768-2161.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Sacred Harp Music and the North Alabama Densons

Sacred Harp music seems to be everywhere. This music is performed at Alabama folk life events, in concerts by college choirs and professional singers, and at Sacred Harp singings. To truly appreciate the strong, intense and archaic sound, one should become more familiar with Sacred Harp music and its Alabama connection.

LaFayette Library welcomes Ms. Frances Robb, an art historian and museum consultant, to the February session of Lunch n Learn. This presentation, offered through the Alabama Humanities Foundation’s Speaker of the House program, focuses on North Alabama and the Denson family that fostered this music from 1884.

The Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF) strives to create and foster opportunities, through grants and AHF-conducted programs, for scholars and the public to interact and explore human values and meanings through the humanities.

Sacred Harp Music and the North Alabama Densons will begin at 12 noon on Thursday, February 26. A light lunch will be served. To register call 864-0012, email Monica Barber at monicabarber@chamberscountylibrary.org, or stop by the LaFayette Library today.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Improv at the Library

At the 2008 Summer Improv Workshop, Avery Jones gives his interpretation of a flight attendant

instructing a plane load of chained-together convicts on how to exit the plane if it should crash into the ocean.

Improv?? At the Library?????

You bet! As part of our ongoing teen program, area teens are invited to an Actor’s Improvisation class given by Birmingham actor, Jim Aycock which will be offered on President’s Day, Monday, February 16th at 10:00am at Bradshaw Library. Aycock will lead a group in acting exercises and share tips about working as a professional actor. The program will last all day and a performance will be given at 3:30 pm for parents and friends.

Jim Aycock trained as an actor at the University of Alabama and has worked professionally in L.A. as an actor and singer and currently performs his original music at venues throughout the Southeastern U.S. In addition to his music, Jim can also be heard as voice talent on national TV/radio commercials. He is an announcer for Subway and many others. He has had speaking parts in several motion pictures, including a featured role in Walt Disney's "Tom and Huck", as the defense lawyer. Aycock has produced music CDs, performed on television and the big screen in the feature film Tom and Huck.

Lunch will be served. Registration is free, but will be limited to 20. Participants must be at least 13 years old and under 19 years old. Please call the library at 334/768–2161 to reserve a spot in the class.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Scrapbooking with Cathy X 2

If you love to scrapbook and just don't have the room or you need ideas and inspiration, then come join us. We began a scrapbook group Friday, January 16th here at H. Grady Bradshaw Library. It was great! We will meet once a month on the third Friday at 6:30 in the Lanier Room to share ideas and work on our books. If it sounds like something you would like to do, we would love to have you join us. Our next meeting will be Friday, February 20!

A list of basic supplies for beginners is listed below:

Photo splits/adhesives/glue/tape-whichever you prefer
Some type of tote or box to keep your supplies in
Acid free paper
Any type embellishments

If you have any questions call Cathy Wright at 334-768-2161 or Cathy Crosson at 706-518-2038.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Tai Chi Classes to Begin January 13 at Bradshaw Library

Bradshaw Library in Valley will offer a beginning level six-week class in Tai Chi for Arthritis each Tuesday and Thursday, beginning January 13 through February 19 from 2 to 2:50 p.m. Jan Rose Stewart, M.S. in Wellness Management & Exercise Science, will teach the basics of this martial art.

Tai Chi is a flow of gentle movements designed to improve cardiorespiratory function, increase muscular strength and endurance, improve flexibility and balance and ones overall quality of life. Stewart is certified to teach the program created by Dr. Paul Lam of Australia and adapted by the Arthritis Foundation of the U.S.A.

The fee for the six-week session is $30.00. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Each class begins at 2 p.m. and lasts fifty minutes.

Call Bradshaw Library at 768-2161 to register. Registration deadline is January 12.