Thursday, August 27, 2009

Library Lines

Do you carry a Pontotoc County Library Card? September is Library Card Sign-up month. Get the Smartest Card @ your library. We want to make sure that all children in Pontotoc County have 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.

“Kids can come to the library to get homework help and check out books, but they can also check out music, books on CD, and DVDs and use the Internet and attend cool programs to help make after school life fun. There’s a lot happening at your library, and the best part for both kids and parents is that it’s all free with a library card.”

Getting a library card is fast, easy and free. Adults all you need is proof of your current address; young people just bring your Parent/Guardian and they show the proof and sign the application.

Observed since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month is a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

We’d like to thank the following for making donations to the Pontotoc County Library: Melinda Fields, Nancy M. Russell, Julie Austin, Patsy Hounschell, and Frances Bryant.

Kathryn Brogdon of Texas donated 2 copies of The Fishers and the Boldings: A Confederate Family in Verona, Mississippi.

Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Thornhill made a donation in memory of Mr. E.J. Dodson.

“Friendly Competition” – Games at the library will be Tuesday, September 8th from 4:30 – 6:00. The target audience: 3rd – 6th graders.

Lunching with books will be Tuesday, September 8th at noon. The guest speaker will be Laurie Parker. We hope you will make plans to attend. She is a Starkville, Mississippi native and resident. She received her degree in Elementary Education in 1985 from Mississippi State University, where she later also studied Engineering. But Parker is an artist at heart and for the past seventeen years has made her living being just that! She has enjoyed writing rhyming narratives, lyrics, and verse since early childhood. Another of her long-time favorite pastimes is cutting and pasting paper to create collages. These talents have translated into her writing and illustrating eleven books. Parker’s books, although called children’s books by most because of their whimsy, are actually intended for adults as well. Her first book, released in 1996, was entitled “Everywhere in Mississippi.” She has written state alphabet books for Mississippi, Texas, and Louisiana. Her 2007 release was “A for Angels, a Bible Alphabet.” Her eleventh book, “The Sweet Dreams Book,” is her release for 2009. Being an author is just one part of Parker’s livelihood. The self-employed artist also crafts a unique line of wearable pins, which she sells along with her books at art festivals, church bazaars, and junior league events throughout the South. Parker also sells matted prints of her unique collage artwork. Parker is single, and lives with her cat, Wordsworth.

“The Sweet Dreams Book” is an enchanting bedtime read. This is a book you should read before bed to put hints for beautiful dreams in your head...Fans of the Mississippi artist and poet will be captivated by the dreamy imagery in both the vivid collage illustrations and the rhyming verses. The lyrical, “sing-song” quality of Parker’s perfect meter that makes her books a joy to read aloud will send the reader off to sleep with page after page of wishes for nighttime magic.

Quotes on dreams from famous poets and thinkers as well as a hidden picture feature make “The Sweet Dreams Book” extra special!

Lunching with books is sponsored by the Pontotoc Woman’s Club and the Friends of Pontotoc County Library.

The library will be closed Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day.

Keep Reading…..

Annette McGregor
Pontotoc County Library
Branch Manager

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