Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Please consider helping a local family in need have a brighter Christmas. These families are registered with the Valley Christian Service Center. Each tag on our tree represents one child, their age and three reqested gifts. Please return unwrapped gifts to the library by December 10th. Be sure to atttach the Angel Tree tag with the gifts to help us match the gifts with the correct family member number.
Make a donation and our staff will shop for you


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Lafayette Library Presents:
Friday, December 10, 2010
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Quilt enthusiasts unite! Join us for a showing of diverse handmade quilts. Beginning Friday, December 3, you may view and bid on the beautiful "Trip Around the World" quilt made by the LaFayette Library Quilters group.

Silent Auction bids may be made in person or mailed to: LaFayette Pilot Public Library, 198 1st Street SE LaFayette, AL 36862 Minimum bid is $100. Minimum bid increment is $5.00. All proceeds go to the library for programming.

2010 Joy of the Holiday Season
Art, Poster, Writing and Photography 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. This year, we are adding a photography contest. Students are invited to write stories, create original art, design posters and take photographs 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. Listed below are the guidelines for the contest. If you have questions please contact Kati Behrens at Bradshaw Library at 334 768-2161 or Betty Barrett at LaFayette Pilot Public Library at 334-864-0012.

Short Story Guidelines
  1. Participants should create stories that encompass “the joy of the holiday season” theme.
  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Please remind students that short stories are works of fiction and should not be written as essays.

  7. Although stories can be inspired from actual events, they should not be a retelling of that event.

  8. Stories should be written by individuals, not in groups or as a class.

  9. The contest dates are November 8 - December 3. All entries must be
    delivered to the library by 6:00 pm on Friday, December 3. No exceptions.

All entries should be picked up by Friday, January 7. After this date, all entries will be discarded.

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, do not 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 Group (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 3. 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 and last names, grade, teacher’s name, school and home phone #. Groups submitting an entry should include a list of each child’s name who helped with the project.

All entries should be picked up by Friday, January 7. After this date, all entries
will be discarded.

Photography Guidelines

  1. The photography contest is for grades 7 – 12, only.

  2. Photos must adhere to the “Joy of the Season” theme.

  3. Photos entered in the photography category must have been taken by the entrant only.
  4. Photos may be Black and White or Color.

  5. Photos must be between 5x7” and 8x10”.

  6. Entries may not be framed; however they may be matted.

  7. Each entrant may submit up to three photos.

  8. Entries may be submitted until 6:00 on Friday, December 3. Photos received early will be displayed at the library until Awards Day.

  9. Entrant’s first & last names, grade, school and home phone # should be on the back of the photo.

All entries should be picked up by Friday, January 7. After this date, all entrieswill be discarded.

Friday, October 8, 2010

You can get a sample ballot and
register to vote thru October 22, 2010
at the library
Support your library
Native American Artifacts
Display owned by
Freddie Kelley
Mr. Kelley of Lanett, Alabama has been collecting Indian artifacts for 36 years. He has found some pieces as nearby as West Point Lake in Georgia, Alabama and as far away as Tennessee, and Mississippi.
This collection includes adzes, ax or celt heads which were used for chopping. Gorgets were made from stone and worn as pendants for decoration. The bannerstone was used to weight a throwing stick.
There are many pipes including two pouch pipes. White clay pipes called trade pipes that British traded to the Native Americans. A red peace pipe made from catlinite, possibly brought to our area on a trade route circa 1880. A large tube pipe which connects in the center; this tube was used as a smoking pipe or medicine tube.
Many gamestones used as game pieces made from quartz or other types of rock.
Various points and arrowheads including a Clovis point which is between 8,000 and 10,000 years old. The black & white point found at West Point Lake.
The black bottle contained alcohol and was traded to the Native Americans by the Whites for animal hides. Last, but certainly not least showcased are the trade beads. Beads were a common and important trade item for the Native American since ancient times. Mr. Kelley continues to add his findings to this collection and does network with other collectors to buy and trade artifacts.

Make your own



Attention 8 to 12 year-olds
It's Pumpkin Carving Time
Join the fun on Thursday, October 28th at 4 pm.
We will provide pumpkins, cutting tools and templates.
Pre-registration for parent and child is required.
Please go to the front desk to put your name on the list.

Space Is Limited!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Custer’s Last Stand – The Battle of Little Bighorn
Register today for an exciting study of major
Indians Wars!
Bradshaw Library
Dates: October 4, 11, 18, and 25th
Time: 10:30 till noon.
Telephone: 334-768-2161

Monday, September 13, 2010

Date Night

Bradshaw Library Hosting Date Night

September 25

College football, the World Series and “new must see tv” aren’t the only big events that arrive with fall. Bradshaw Library’s Date Night can now be added to the list. This year’s event themed A Night to Remember will be Saturday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m. Couples and singles who want to enjoy a nice candlelit dinner are invited to join us in the Library Café. The evening will begin with appetizers followed by dinner served by our teen waiters. The meal will be a three-course offering of a dinner salad, an entrée of chicken or beef with vegetables and dessert. Dinner will be followed by the great new comedy starring Tina Fey and Steve Carrell.
For those of you wondering, “What about the children”? We have the answer. Childcare will be provided for children ages 3 to 12 complete with fun activities and pizza for dinner.
As you can imagine, space is limited so reservations are required. Dinner reservations for couples are $8.00 and $5.00 for singles and childcare is $2.00 per child. Reservations must be made in person at Bradshaw Library or LaFayette Pilot Library by Wednesday, September 22.
For more information about Date Night, call Bradshaw Library at 334-768-2161 or LaFayette Pilot Public Library at 334-864-0012.

Learn ASL (American Sign Language)
Chambers County Library
is proud to announce that
we will soon be re-starting ASL classes here.

When: Mondays from 6:30 P. M. to 7:30 P.M.
Taught by: Clayton and Diane Roberts
Requirements: Desire to learn a beautiful, fun, new language
Cost: FREE
Textbook: Signing Made Easy
Pre-registration required
Classes start on October 4, 2010

Friday, September 3, 2010

Cooking School Show
Columbus Civic Center
Thursday, October 14
We will leave the library parking lot at 3:00 p.m.
Stop for dinner and travel to the Civic Center for the show
The show begins at 6:30
Cost $15 plus your dinner.

See Cathy for more information
Sign up at the Circulation Desk!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Chambers County Library Wants You to Show
Your Library Card in September

Books aren’t the only bargain a library card can get you during national Library Card Sign-Up Month celebrated at the Chambers County Library in September. Several local merchants are partnering with the Chambers County Library to save library card holders money by taking part in a “Show Us Your Library Card” campaign.

Simply show your current library card at participating businesses and restaurants to receive a discount or free item. Be sure to visit the libraries in Valley or LaFayette for a complete list of merchants and discounts available. LaFayette, Lanett, West Point and Valley merchants supporting the library’s promotion include 555 Market Place, A Cut Above, All Star Computers, Allen’s Flowers, Ashlee’s Beauty Salon, Baldwin’s Building Material and Hardware, Buds ‘n Blossoms, Capital City Bank (Shawmut only), Chambley’s, Chicken Stop, Chuck’s BBQ, Coffee Break, Curves, Daniel’s Drive Inn, Dari Dee, Dave Shirley Photography, David’s Bar-B-Que, Designs R Us, GiGi’s Uptown Boutique, Hood’s Pharmacy, House of Flowers, Irish Bred Pub, Johnny’s New York Style Pizza, Junk to Riches, KFC (Valley), Kenny Knox Tire Center, L & L Nails, LaFayette Barber Shop, The LaFayette Sun, LaFayette True Value Hardware, Little Caesar’s, Lowe’s Drug, The Mane Event, Merle Norman, Merl’s Diner, Milano’s, Papa John’s Pizza, Parker’s Grocery, Pearl’s Coffee Shop, Pro Nails, Quick Way Dry Cleaners, Roger’s Bar-B-Que, Roquemore’s Key & Safe, Sandy’s Service Center, Shucker’s in the Cove, Simple Life Creations, Strickland’s Texaco, Sue’s Chic, Sunshine Cleaners, Tag’s Gift Shop, Valley Community Center, Valley Pharmacy, The Valley Times News, West Point Tire Company and Whaley’s Upholstery. There is still time for other businesses to join the Show us Your Card Campaign. Simply call Bradshaw Library at 334-768-2161 or the LaFayette Pilot Public Library at 334-864-0012 and we will gladly add your business to our list.

Also, during the month of September, the first 100 library patrons to come in and sign up for a library card or renew a library card at the Bradshaw Library in Valley or at the LaFayette Pilot Public Library will receive a library book bag, a library t-shirt or a book while supplies last.

Library cards are free to anyone who resides or works in Chambers County, Alabama or West Point, Georgia. Your address will need to be verified by showing the library staff a driver’s license or a piece of mail. A parent or guardian’s signature is required for children under 16 to receive a card. Anyone who lives outside the library’s service area may get a library card for an annual fee of $5.00.

If you have lost your library card, the $2.00 replacement fee will be waived during September. Also, there is no charge if you would like to turn in the “older” orange paper card for our plastic version with an accompanying keychain card.

We are kicking the month off with an Ice Cream Bash on Thursday, September 2. Bring the family and enjoy ice cream and all the trimmings. The evening starts at 6:30. We will be recognizing the top schools participating by hosting a pizza party for the top class and their teacher will receive a $50.00 gift card for class supplies.

Library Card Sign-Up Month is a great time to discover all the wonderful services available at your public library. In addition to services, such as free public access to the internet, workshops, Cobb Memorial Archives for genealogical research and over 50,000 circulating volumes, Chambers County Library offers a variety of special programs and events. During September we will be celebrating with a visit from Dora & Diego, Lunch and Learn programs, a sewing machine exhibit, family game night and our very popular Date Night. September also marks the beginning of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University.

For more information about the programs scheduled in September and throughout the year, please call Bradshaw Library at 768-2161 at or the LaFayette Pilot Public Library at 864-0012. You can also visit the libraries or the website at www.chamberscountylibrary.org click on the calendar or the blog for program details.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Lunch N Learn
“Raising Teens – A Community Effort”
Presented by
Jonathan Herston, Joanne Kehoe & Donna Sauvigne
The Circle of Care Center for Families
Thursday, September 9th
Lunch at 11:30 Program at 12:00

Sign up today at the Circulation Desk
Or call 334-768-2161

You are invited to an
With all the trimmings

At Bradshaw Library on
Thursday, September 2, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Join us to celebrate the start of the school year
bring the whole family and help
kick-off the library’s fall programs


A pizza party hosted by the library for your classroom and your teacher will get a $50.00 gift card for classroom supplies

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dora and Diego will be here for a party on 9/21 @4pm. Everyone welcome!

Chambers County Library Made a Splash! This Summer

Chambers County Library offered readers of all ages the opportunity to enjoy good books and programs at the library this summer. Adult readers participated in the “Water Your Mind” Summer Reading Program. Teens were encouraged to “Make Waves at the Library,” and children were invited to “Make A Splash! Read.”

The summer fun culminated on Friday, July 23 with an afternoon reception for our adult readers highlighted by the grand prize drawing of grills provided by Knology and the Greater Valley Group. Young adult and children readers were presented with certificates at an evening Awards Night. The children who participated in the reading program and met their reading goals were recognized and enjoyed a pizza dinner with their invited guests. Following Awards Night, the summer library readers joined the community celebration hosted on the library’s front lawn. Families were invited to enjoy train rides, a giant slide, a water slide, freeze pops and tattoos.

A total of 341 readers read 13,266 books this summer at the Bradshaw and LaFayette Libraries. A total of 69 programs were offered for adults, children, families and teens at Bradshaw Library and LaFayette Pilot Public Library attended by 4,634 patrons.

“We are able to offer great programs to the families in our service area that rival programs at larger public libraries thanks to the generous support of local business sponsors and the Friends of Chambers County Library”, said Tabitha Truitt, Assistant Director. Program sponsors for the 2010 Summer Library Program were Friends of Chambers County Library, Alfa Insurance, BB & T Bank, Burger King, Chattahoochee Hospice, Chicken Stop, Chuck’s Bar-B-Que, Dari Dee, Donny Holley State Farm Insurance, Greater Valley Group, Hampton Inn & Suites, Knology, Little Caesars, McDonald’s, Papa Johns, Southern Harbor Resort & Marina, Sunny’s Homestyle Cooking, Taco Bell and the City of Valley. Thanks to these businesses for saying “yes,” and thanks for their commitment and support in providing library programs in our communities.

Summer Library participants enjoyed family movies, craft days and field trips to Green Gables Stables and a pool party at the City of Valley Community Center. Programs included music and an actor’s improv with professional actor and musician, Jim Aycock; juggling with Flow Circus; magic with Arthur Atsma; a one man show with local ventriloquist, Avery Jones; Wet and Wild Science with the McWane Center; exotic animals with Rick Rakestraw and Critter Junction; and Ken Panse the Reptile Wrangler.

Bradshaw Library’s summer play, Beauty Is a Beast, highlighted the talents of students in grades 4 through 8. The play, directed by Avery Jones featured the acting talents of A.J. Blackwell, Colby Cannon, Hannah Davis, Ansley Emfinger, Matthew Fulghum, Autumn Grant, Amani James, Zaria James, Stewart Massey, Kelan Mooney, Tori Roberts, Talia Shears and Jordyn White. The production team included costumer Marleigh Jones, Lisa Gaylor who created the stage backdrop, Robin Wagner, backstage crew and Joy Stewart on lighting and sound.
The summer isn’t the only time there is fun, exciting and innovative programs happening at your public library. The staff at Bradshaw Library and the LaFayette Pilot Library are busy planning the fall schedule which will included Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, story hour for preschool children on Tuesday mornings, Library Card Sign-up Month, a visit from Dora and Diego and our very popular Date Night at the library.

Visit Bradshaw Library or LaFayette Pilot Library to find out more about the special events planned for the fall. Patrons can also keep up with what is happening at the library by visiting our website at http://www.chamberscountylibrary.org.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Scrapbooking at the Library

Last night we had a good time getting some scrapbooking done here at the library. There were thirteen scrapbookers that came and worked. If you like to scrapbook you are welcome to come and join us on the third Friday night of each month. Call me for more details.

Cathy Wright

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Big Read Lunch N Learn on Johnson Jones Hooper Scheduled for March 4

Online registration is now available for the next Bradshaw Library Lunch N Learn. To register online, click here.

On March 4, 2010 at noon Dr. Bert Hitchcock will present "Johnson Jones Hooper." Dr. Bert Hitchcock, retired English professor at Auburn University, will speak about Johnson Jones Hooper who was the editor of the first newspaper in LaFayette, Alabama, The East Alabamian, which began publication in 1842.

Previously, Hooper had served as a census taker in 1840 for Tallapoosa County. In order to fill space in his fledgling newspaper, Hooper wrote a parody of his experiences that was reprinted in The Spirit of the Times, a national periodical. With the popular reception of the story, Hooper published Some Adventures of Captain Simon Suggs.

In the 1840s, Hooper was one of the nation's best known authors, and it is known that Mark Twain read the Suggs' stories. His camp meeting scene in Huckleberry Finn is suspiciously similar to Hooper's.

Read the online text of Some Adventures of Captain Simon Suggs.

Lunch N Learn programs begin at noon. Lunch is provided.

Register online or call (334)768-2161 to reserve your lunch.

This program is part of the Alabama Big Read. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

Four OLLI Courses Being Offered at the Library

Chambers County Library is proud to announce our new partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University. The Greater Valley Area OLLI group is being formed now. OLLI membership is just a $10 annual fee and with the fee we are able to offer four classes.

Registration packets are available at both Bradshaw and LaFayette Libraries. You may also register via phone by calling the Auburn University Outreach Department at (334) 844-5100.

Four courses will be offered:

"Preparing for Your Financial Future" taught by Leavitt Sanders will begin Monday, February 15 at 10:15 a.m.
Class Description: Course includes an in-depth look at steps on developing estate plans, wills, trusts, living wills, and successful financial planning.

"Writing Our Memoirs: Remembering Our Lives" taught by Susie Cook will begin Tuesday, February 16 at 2:30 p.m.
Class Description: Course offers guided instruction and writing time to get you started on meaningful writing. Everyone has a tale to tell, and no one has to be an expert. No text required. To read a recent article in Lee Magazine about this class, go to http://www.lee-magazine.com/e-edition/december-2009-january-2010.

"Introduction to Computers" taught by Richard Robinson will begin Wednesday, February 17 at 10:15 a.m. CLASS IS FULL
Class Description: Course is for those who are new to computers. The five sessions will provide hands on training in basic computer skills, email and the Internet. Priority is give to Chambers County and West Point, GA residents.

"Mark Twain and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", part of the exciting Big Read program, taught by Margaret Kouidis will begin Thursday, February 18 at 10:15 a.m.
Class Description: Join readers around the state and study Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as part of the statewide Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts. Revisit the classic tale about a boy growing up in the antebellum South, and learn about the life of author, Samuel Clemens. Text provided by Chambers County Library.

These four classes will be held at the H. Grady Bradshaw Library in Valley and are filled on a space available basis.

Please contact Mary Hamilton at Bradshaw Library via phone at (334)768-2161 or by email at maryhamilton@chamberscountylibrary.org for more detailed information.

Mark Twain Topic of Big Read Lunch N Learn

Dr. Alan Gribben , professor of English at Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) and co-founder of the Mark Twain Circle of America, spoke about Twain's impact as a writer with emphasis on two of his best-known works, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Dr. Gribben wrote the foreword to the NewSouth Books Big Read edition of Tom Sawyer that's currently being distributed across the state of Alabama as part of the Big Read.

Dr. Gribben shared with the lunch crowd of 95 that “people still read Twain today simply for the fact he had a remarkable life and wrote about everything he experienced. He started in his mid teens when he worked in a print shop and was still doing it on the day he died. His last request was for a pencil and some paper so he could write something.”

This program is part of the Alabama Big Read. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

Chambers County Library Hosts Big Read Kick-Off

The Big Read Kick-Off held on January 14 at the H. Grady Bradshaw Library was a success. More than 100 people attended the event which was co-sponsored by the Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce as a Business After Hours.

This program from the National Endowment for the Arts is designed to inspire more people to become readers. The book selected by Alabama libraries for this year's Big Read is The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Malinda Powers, executive director of the West Point Visitors Center and Depot, came in full character as Tom's Aunt Polly and launched the event by reading the first pages of the book.

Attendees enjoyed refreshments prepared by LuAnne Berlin and received copies of the New South edition of the book. One lucky library patron was the winner of the $200 offered in the Chamber Cash drawing. To view more photos, please visit our Big Read photo gallery.

This program is part of the Alabama Big Read. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


I have had several people ask lately if we are still scrapbooking here at the library. Yes we are! We meet the 3rd Friday night of each month, anytime after 6:00 in the Lanier Meeting Rooms. The library furnishes snacks and drinks. If you would like to bring your dinner and eat while you are here that is fine. Bring your pictures and supplies and join in the fun. If you have questions you can call me at 334-768-2161.

Cathy Wright