Tuesday, September 9, 2008

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The United States is currently experiencing an unprecedented Presidential election. The election date, November 4, 2008 is fast approaching and the library is available to help provide patrons with information on each candidate. Information you need to make an informed choice is readily available at your fingertips on one of the library’s Internet computers.

Are you unsure of where to start? Try the following helpful websites to provide you with information on the candidates: Barack Obamawww.barackobama.com - this is the official website of the Barack Obama 2008 Presidential Campaign. You can research information on where Obama stands on issues, check out the official blog, and find information on campaign events occurring in Mississippi.

John McCainwww.johnmccain.com – this is the official website for the John McCain 2008 Presidential Campaign. The site provides news, issue positions, speeches, biography and information for volunteers. Comparing Issueswww.vote-ms.org – this is the website of a 501(c)(3) organization that is funded by contributions from private citizens. You can use the site to create a custom sample ballot of candidates for the election. A great feature on the site is a tool that allows comparisons of presidential candidates positions and views. www.congress.org – This site contains breaking news about issues in the U.S. Congress, including key votes and legislation in progress. You may also find contact information about your federal, state and local elected officials and begin the voter registration process. The site also publishes several electronic newsletters.

Get the smartest Card @ your library! September is Library Card Sign-up month, and the Pontotoc County Library wants to make sure that your child has the smartest card of all – a library card. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning. With a library card not only can you check out books, but you can check out free music on CD, DVDs, or check out an audio book to listen to. Of course, the library has free access to the Internet, which is often needed for extra homework help. There’s always a lot happening at the Pontotoc County Library.

A recent study by the American Library Association also showed that families use libraries to spend time together. Forty-four percent of survey respondents report taking their children to the library for this reason. Library card sign-up month began in 1987, and since then, has been used to encourage parents and kids to visit the library for their free library card.

For more information on how you can sign up for your library card, visit the PontotocCounty Library at 111 North Main Street. Don’t forget to check us out.

Parents and Grandparents don’t forget storytime is every Wednesday @ 10:00. Summer reading is over, but the fun continues every week. Our storytime schedule is listed on our website – www.dixie.lib.ms.us.

The library will be participating in the Autumn Walking Trail on Main Street in Pontotoc October 15 through November 15 that is being planned by the Pontotoc County Main Street Association. During the time period of the Walk, the children will be having a fall walk at the end of October and November 8th a “Let’s Go Walking Downtown” will be a statewide sponsored walk by “Let’s Go Walking Mississippi” campaign. We are looking forward to being part of this fall celebration.

The Bodock Post is a new free monthly e-newsletter that is edited by Carl Wayne Hardeman, Ralph Jones, and Wayne Carter. To receive a free copy of the newsletter in your e-mail, just visit www.bocokpost.com and subscribe. The Bodock Post contains stories about rural living, religion, food, gardening, humor, history, and non-fiction columns by folks steeped in our Southern lifestyle.

Dixie Regional Library System is in the process of switching to an upgraded network for internet access which should result in faster speeds for all branches.

Special thanks to Shannon Grubbs and Family for our new 8 ft. plant that they donated to the library.

Lamar Bridgman and Family made a donation to the Pontotoc County Library in memory of Missy Sappington.

Sarah Naugher donated a new large print book in memory of Mr. Don Fauver to the Pontotoc County Library.

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Annette McGregor

Pontotoc County Library Branch Manager

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