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.